Call for Workshop Abstract Submissions

Added by Durlach, Paula about 1 year ago

**Workshop on Authoring and Tutoring Methods for Diverse Task Domains: Psychomotor, Mobile, and Medical

Workshop to be held in conjunction with AIED 2018 in London, U.K. 27-30 June.

This half-day workshop will discuss key issues surrounding authoring and tutoring methods for diverse task domains occurring "in the wild." This includes psychomotor tasks, medical skills training, or other tasks using mobile technologies. The workshop will facilitate an interactive panel discussion from those in the ITS community for the goal of identifying and discussing the technical needs, research questions, current state of the research, and/or challenges related to authoring and intelligent tutoring methods for these domains.
See the complete call for papers on Easy Chair CFP AIED_WKSP_Psycho1.
Submit an 800-1000 word abstract by March 2, 2018 using Easy Chair

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 9 March 2018 Paper Submission Deadline: 6 April 2018--Papers should be 6‐10 pages in the LNCS format required by the AIED 2018 Conference.
Paper Acceptance Notification: 18 April 2018 Camera‐Ready Paper Submission Deadline: 4 May 2018

GIFT Around the Globe

Added by Sottilare, Robert about 1 year ago

Hi GIFT Users... did you know that there are now nearly 1500 GIFT users in 76 countries? We are interested in how you are using GIFT as a standalone tutor, in the classroom, for experiments or in other ways. Please send us your stories and pictures of you in action with GIFT as we begin the development of a news series called "Around the Globe". Log in to and go to the GIFT Around the Globe tab for instructions on how to submit your stories and media.

Join the conversation at!

Team Tutoring Workshop Call for Proposals: AIED 2018

Added by Sinatra, Anne about 1 year ago

The GIFT team is hosting a half-day workshop titled "Assessment and Intervention during Team Tutoring" at the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2018 Conference in London, England, UK.

We invite workshop paper submissions about the up-and-coming topic of Team Tutoring and Collaborative Learning.

The call for proposals and submission information can be found at:

The goals of this workshop include providing a forum for researchers to discuss the progress that they have made in team or collaborative tutoring, discuss the approaches that they have taken, the challenges that they have encountered, and/or present theoretical models on innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring.

This workshop is expected to be of interest to those in academia, government, and industry who are developing tutoring experiences intended to include interaction between multiple learners. The expected outcomes of the workshop include an identification of team tutoring gaps/challenges in varying learning domains, approaches that have been successful or unsuccessful in meeting those challenges, and determining the next steps in approaches that AIED researchers can use for their own team tutor development.

The workshop will include a presentation of the accepted papers, followed by an open discussion about the challenges and current state of team tutoring. The discussion will conclude by addressing research gaps and future directions of team tutoring.

Submission Guidelines:
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference.
Full papers are between 6 to 10 pages in Springer LNCS format.
Proceedings papers will be published online at
Both empirical and theoretical papers with topics related to team tutoring and computer-based collaborative learning are welcome.

List of Topics of Interest
Team Tutoring
Lessons Learned from Developing Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems
Team Assessment Strategies and Approaches in an Intelligent Team Tutoring System
Collaborative Problem Solving and Learning
Theoretical models proposing innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring
Discussion of steps forward in establishing team intelligent tutoring systems
Related topics are also welcome

Important Dates
March 2, 2018: Abstract submission (250 words)
April 2, 2018: Paper Submission deadline (6 to 10 pages Springer LNCS format)
April 18, 2018: Paper Acceptance Notification
June 27 - 30, 2018: AIED 2018 Conference

Easy Chair Call for Papers:
Easy Chair Submission Link:

If there are any questions, please contact the workshop co-chairs: Anne Sinatra () and Jeanine DeFalco ()

Hands-On with GIFT: A Tutorial at AIED 2018

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago

Summary: In this tutorial, we will showcase the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT). GIFT is an open-source, community-driven, service-oriented platform for the creation, delivery, and analysis of computer-based tutoring. The tutorial will provide participants with hands-on experience using GIFT functions that support research and implementation of personalized learning experiences. Specifically, GIFT’s adaptive course flow features will be reviewed and demonstrated, with considerable hands-on time spent developing GIFT lessons and gaining familiarity with GIFT tools and authoring workflows.

Intended Audience: This tutorial is broadly relevant to researchers interested in the design, development, and evaluation of adaptive learning technologies in the AIED and Learning Sciences communities. The tutorial will serve three primary functions. First, the tutorial will showcase recent developments in authoring and modeling functions supported by GIFT for building adaptive lesson materials. Second, it will introduce attendees to ongoing efforts to develop and extend GIFT’s instructional capabilities, such as data-driven pedagogical models induced using reinforcement learning techniques. Third, the tutorial will provide an open forum for discussion on the future direction of GIFT development, as well as how the community can influence future undertakings. There are no prerequisites for successful participation in the tutorial, but there will be recommended readings prior to attendance, which will aid participants in better understanding the goals and motivation behind the GIFT project. In addition, each attendee will require an account on the GIFT website for access to the cloud version of the software. Participants will be provided with instructional content in the domain of human anatomy that will be used to build a GIFT adaptive lesson.

Expected Outcomes: Participants are expected to leave the tutorial with a deeper understanding of GIFT, including its capabilities, tools, and architecture. By the end, each attendee will have a registered account on, which provides access to the online cloud-based version of GIFT as well as source-code access. All participants will have created a complete lesson that showcases the adaptive instruction, assessment, and remediation capabilities of GIFT. This lesson will serve as an exemplar from which participants can develop their own adaptive learning experiences in the future. Participants will be connected to the broader GIFT community through their introduction to the website, forums, and online resources. In addition, all participants will leave with an understanding of how GIFT can be modified/extended to support their own research interest.

To Get Started: To get started, please visit to learn more about the GIFT Project and to create an account for access to the cloud version of the software. Once registered, you will have access to all GIFT-related publications (under the 'Documents' tab) and GIFT Cloud (press 'Launch GIFT Cloud' icon from homepage).

Please stay tuned as more details and information on the event will be provided as the conference approaches. Specific recommended read-ahead documents and slide-shows will be provided prior to the event as introductory material to familiarize attendees with the tools that will be demonstrated and the concepts that will be instructed.

If there are any questions, please reach out directly to the organizer: Benjamin Goldberg ()

GIFT 2017-12-22 Experimental release is now available

Added by Hoffman, Michael over 1 year ago

This is an EXPERIMENTAL release that can be downloaded on the Downloads page of These changes are also available to you on GIFT Cloud (

Here are some of the changes in this release:

1) We now support the iCAP (Interactive/Constructive/Active/Passive) instructional design model via a new course object. This supports a new area of instruction - remediation. Items placed in the remediation area will be chosen first by the instructional engine - before alternative content. In this instructional model, only one piece of content is chosen before retesting (as opposed to the traditional EMAP model where a Rules AND Example area content could be chosen).

2) This release includes an update to the newest version of VBS (VBS3 v3.9.2).

3) Minor upgrades, bug fixes, interface changes, faster course validation, etc.

For more information refer to the release notes at or start a discussion on the GIFT forums at

Interested in Standards for Adaptive Instruction?

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The Learning Technologies Steering Committee (LTSC) under the auspices of the IEEE Computer Society has formed a 6-month Standards Study Group to investigate the possible market need for standards across a group of technologies collectively known as Adaptive Instructional Systems (AIS). AIS include Intelligent Tutoring Systems and other related learning technologies that are of interest to the AAAI and AIED societies as well as other technical societies.

Standards can have an impact an enabler for streamlining and innovating processes, decreasing waste and development costs, increasing the efficiency of research and development, reducing adopters’ risks and integration costs, lowering barriers to entry for innovative products, improving interoperability and reuse, expanding markets, and supporting the development of new technologies and products.

The point of contact for the AIS study group is Dr. Bob Sottilare at the US Army Research Laboratory. If you have interest in contributing to this study group or just want to keep informed about AIS standards progress, Dr. Sottilare recommends you sign up to become a member of the Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS) at The CAIS website will be used to poll communities of interest like AIED about AIS problems and standards approaches, inform members about upcoming AIS events, publish opportunities to influence standards, share standards information, and report progress. We are looking forward to working closely with various societies and its members to enhance the presence, usability and effect of AIS in the world.

Join the Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS)

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The US Army Research Laboratory chartered the formation of a Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS) this year under its Open Campus initiative and invites you to join at:

CAIS is an international center open to government, academia and industry participants. The intent is to use CAIS as a community of practice and sounding board to identify needed research, standards, and best practices for Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI and Machine Learning for ITSs
  • Assessment Methods
  • Authoring Tools
  • Domain Modeling
  • Individual Learner Modeling
  • Instructional Management
  • ITS Architecture and Ontology
  • Team Modeling


CAIS is focused on identifying and leveraging talent, facilities, and resources across government, industry, and academia to conduct transformative adaptive instructional science which enhances capabilities in three broad areas:

  • Authoring tools for Adaptive Instructional Systems
  • Instructional Management (tailoring & delivery)
  • Evaluation tools and methods (effect size)


  • Collaborative work with CAIS partners
  • Shared data, technology, and activities related to the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory
  • Facilitation in formalizing collaborative relationships and defining intellectual property issues
  • Participation in strategic and technical discussion through targeted workshops and open formats
  • Opportunity to significantly impact the technical projects and management of the CAIS


A steering board will be elected from the CAIS membership this December so join now!

GIFTtutoring and GIFT Cloud Outage for Hurricane Irma

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

The "GIFT Server" is located in Orlando, Florida. While GIFT Cloud is available online (hosted by AWS), is locally hosted. Hurricane Irma is scheduled to hit Orlando over the course of the weekend, and sometime on Friday the GIFT server will be shut down. This will affect:
- This site (, bug tracking, ticketing, forums, etc.
- GIFT Cloud (which uses for authentication)
- GIFT Cloud DEV (the development server where things are tested before production)
- GIFT SVN (code development repository)
- Other hosted services (AutoTutor Script Authoring, etc.).

This outage is precautionary, and is anticipated to last only for the duration of the storm.

Users who need continuous access to GIFT during this time period are encouraged to download and use the offline version of GIFT located in the 'Downloads' tab (, now, if you have not already.

Volume 5 - Assessment Methods is available now!

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The long awaited fifth book in the adaptive tutoring series, "Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 5 - Assessment Methods" is now available under the documents tab.

Volume 5 is now available free in pdf format. This book is a collaboration between ARL, the University of Memphis, and scores of government, industry, and academic partners to provide a ready reference for researchers and ITS developers. Download it now at


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