(CALL FOR PAPERS) 7th Annual GIFT Users Symposium - GIFTSym7

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago


GIFTSym7 is the seventh annual Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) Users Symposium. GIFT is an open source, empirically-based, service-oriented framework of tools, methods and standards to make it easier to author computer-based tutoring systems (CBTS), deliver and manage instruction, and assess the effect of adaptive instruction, CBTS, components and methodologies. GIFT is being developed under the Adaptive Tutoring Research Science & Technology project at the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory, part of the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center’s Simulation and Training Technology Center (NSRDEC STTC).

GIFTSym7 invites GIFT designers, developers and practitioners to submit technical papers about their ideas, experiences, and lessons-learned in using GIFT to author and evaluate Adaptive Instructional Systems (AIS). In an effort to sustain the growth of the community, we will continue with last year’s addition and have a track to share ideas for standardization across AISs.

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers (5-10 pages using template) describing design, application, and/or science-based potential enhancements to GIFT. This will form the basis for four half-day sessions at GIFTSym.
  • Short papers (3-4 pages using template) describing standards opportunities for AISs. This will form the basis for a separate session on the applicability of standards for AIS development.

Abstracts are required to be extended abstracts (minimum 800 words) covering the focus of your paper, results/conclusions and recommendations.

  • Abstract Submission Deadline - 08 March 2019
  • Acceptance Notification - 20 March 2019
  • Paper Submission Deadline - 30 April 2019
  • Presentation Submission Deadline - 09 May 2019
  • GIFTSym7 - 16-17 May 2019, Orlando, Florida
  • AI and Machine Learning for ITSs
  • Collective and Team-Based Methods
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Authoring Tools
  • Domain Modeling
  • Individual Learner Modeling
  • Instructional Management
  • ITS Architecture and Ontology
  • After Action Review (AAR)
  • Competency Modeling
  • Standards for Adaptive Instructional Systems (AISs)


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Benjamin Goldberg at

GIFT 2018-2X Released!

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

GIFT 2018-2X is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at
Download GIFT 2018-2X directly here:

Free GIFT Account registration required to download GIFT; GIFT is available at no cost
This release features the developmental code update to what will be running on GIFT Cloud soon. This release features:
- Virtual Human Toolkit characters (downloadable on
- a new DKF (Realtime Assessment) creation and editing tool
- bug fixes and more...

GIFT-2018-2X Delayed

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

Due to issues found in testing, GIFT-2018-2X has been delayed until the end of the week. It features a new virtual character and DKF creator/editor; these features touch nearly all existing content and have many use cases.

GIFT 2018-1 Released!

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

GIFT 2018-1 is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at

Download GIFT 2018-1 directly here:

Free GIFT Account registration required to download GIFT; GIFT is available at no cost

This release features the developmental code update to what has been running on GIFT Cloud for the last number of months. GIFT Cloud updates will still be deployed regularly. This release features:
- full regression testing
- iCAP improvements and remediation instructional phase
- Further EdX and LTI integration
- New sensors
- New DKF features (ability to add any GIFT course object (except another simulator) as a feedback and remediation event)
- FASTER (much faster, especially in regards to authoring)
- Use of a Learner Record Store
- and more...

Webinar Series on the Future of AI in Education & Training

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

Alelo Webinar Series on the Future of AI in Education & Training

Alelo in collaboration with the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) is sponsoring a webinar series of the future of artificial intelligence in education and training. The purpose of these webinars is to give educators, technologists, and investors an understanding of the current opportunities and future potential of AI to address critical problems in education and workforce training and transform the global education and training industry. We seek to dispel fears and misconceptions about AI, e.g., that it will replace teachers with algorithms. The increasing interest in AI and the recent technical advances in artificial intelligence and data-driven learning design make this series important and timely. We hope to lay out a roadmap for the next phases of development of the field.

Confirmed Speakers:
Karen Chiang, Alelo Inc. (formerly with Pearson plc)
W. Lewis Johnson, Alelo Inc.
H. Chad Lane, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
James Lester, North Carolina State University Rose Luckin, University College London

For further information and to register, go to

We are currently signing up speakers for late 2018. If you wish to nominate a speaker, please contact Lewis Johnson at . Ideal speakers should have insights into the potential of AI to transform education and training and the ability to communicate to a broad audience.

Share your ideas on the future of education

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

Understanding the passion of our GIFT user community for education, we are pleased to share this announcement from our colleague Russ Shilling <>

The Gates Foundation And Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Want Your Ideas On the Future of Education

These two social-impact organizations are extending a public invitation for collaborations on research and development to benefit students and educators. This story below reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.

Imagine a world where scientists at medical schools, research labs, or the National Institutes of Health achieved breakthroughs in medicine, but none of those innovations ever made it to your doctor’s office. That’s not so different from the reality we tolerate today in education. In universities and research centers across the country, scientists and educators are developing new understandings of how children learn, and what it takes to make more of them succeed. But unlike in health and medicine, education has very limited funding or infrastructure for conducting basic science and translating research into resources for classrooms.

Recent months have thrust some of the education sector’s resource strains into the national spotlight. Across the country, budget constraints in several states have highlighted the difficulty of educating today’s students in crumbling schools, and with decades-old instructional materials. Meanwhile, many educators are struggling to support students through the increasing pressures of poverty, a changing economy, and a demand for higher-level skills. Yet despite these challenges, the education sector spends less than a tenth of the average percentage <> on research and development across other U.S. industries.

The cost of that disconnect between research and practice is huge for teachers, and even more so for kids. As recent trends <> in national test scores show, despite increased effort by educators, the current rate of improvement is too slow to meaningfully put more students on paths to success after high school. The truth is that we need to dramatically accelerate learning, and to do that, we need to understand it more deeply in order to design teaching environments and support systems that can deliver much better outcomes.

That’s why today, our two organizations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are announcing a joint effort to break down the wall between research and practice and create a better, more transparent path for new ideas to reach schools and teachers. We’re opening a Request for Information (RFI) <> about work that can help increase student success in three of the most critically important areas for student achievement in both school and life:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Nonfiction writing
  3. Executive function (the skill set concerning memory, self-control, attention, and flexible thinking)

Strength in these areas matters in every student’s trajectory, but especially for those facing early childhood trauma, poverty, dislocation, specific learning challenges, or under-resourced schools.

In those three areas, today’s educational practices are falling far short of helping students overcome the challenges they face and ultimately excel. The RFI represents an invitation to researchers and practitioners to deepen public understanding of where the most important, ambitious, and innovative work is being done in a variety of disciplines so that those insights can be channeled quickly and effectively back into the classroom. This input from the field will help us understand how to support future research and development programs.

The reason our two philanthropies have decided to join hands in this effort is simple: We believe the scope and importance of this work exceeds what any single organization can or should undertake alone. There’s so much unrealized potential to accelerate student learning, and we hope many others will be inspired to collaborate toward this same goal alongside us.

The purpose of the initiative is not to mandate anything. It’s to learn from the work that’s currently happening in classrooms, universities, entrepreneurial efforts, and research centers throughout the country. We hope to see a wide range of approaches and ideas; technology is not a primary focus, but we recognize the role it can play in affordable access to high-quality education for all. No personally identifiable student data will be collected in this RFI.

In the months ahead, we’ll share what we learn about the crucial work being done in the three named areas, along with ideas for how to accelerate progress, breakthroughs, and scale. We believe these findings can guide potential grant making as well as bolster the entire field through a better understanding of breakthroughs now taking place in and out of traditional education. We’re excited to find ways to increase collaboration and lift those breakthroughs out of isolation so that everyone can benefit.

Jim Shelton is president for education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Bob Hughes is director of K–12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more about the Request for Information, please visit here <> or here <;.

Can't make it to Orlando for GIFTSym6... no worries

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

Hi... we have set up a webex to screen share and provide audio from GIFTSym6... note each day is a different webex...

Audio for Webex sessions below is: 1-866-762-7536; Participant Code:4014063

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 9 hrs
Meeting number: 904 634 505
Meeting password: XTPPEiqW
Meeting link:

Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 9 hrs
Meeting number: 902 349 957
Meeting password: JjMG2S3P
Meeting link:

Friday, May 11, 2018
8:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 9 hrs
Meeting number: 903 256 250
Meeting password: umkiEXtr
Meeting link:

Final Agenda for GIFTSym6

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

See attachments for directions to Partnership III and parking.

Wednesday Evening, 9 May 2018 - No-Host Dinner, Place: TBD (let Elyse Burmester know whether you will attend on Wednesday morning)

Day 1: Wednesday, 9 May 2018
0745 - Check in, coffee and breakfast
0830 – Welcome & Opening Remarks - Robert Sottilare

GIFT Architecture Session
0845 - Paper 9 - Architecture and Ontology in the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring: 2018 Update - Keith Brawner and Michael Hoffman
0910 – Paper 20 - Potential to Migrate ElectronixTutor to GIFT - Andrew Hampton, Xiangen Hu, Arthur Graesser, Zhiqiang Cai and Andrew Tackett
0935 – Paper 17 - Ontology-driven Methods and a Framework for Enabling Hybrid Team Adaptive Training using Task and Sensor-based Performance Evaluation - Perakath Benjamin, Andrew Stephenson and Rodney Long
1000 – Break

Instructional Management Session
1020 – Paper 8 - Instructional Models in the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring: 2018 Update - Benjamin Goldberg
1045 – Paper 27 - A Blended Approach to Adaptive Learning - Barbara Buck, Matt Genova, Robert Sottilare and Benjamin Goldberg
1110 – Paper 24 - Design and Development of an Adaptive Hypermedia-Based Course for Counterinsurgency Training in GIFT: Opportunities and Lessons Learned - Jonathan Rowe, Randall Spain, Bob Pokorny, Bradford Mott, Benjamin Goldberg and James Lester
1135 – Paper 10 - Effects of feedback framing and regulatory focus are task-dependent - Ashley Oiknine, Kimberly Pollard, Peter Khooshabeh, Antony Passaro and Benjamin Files

Lunch – 1135-1300

Domain Modeling & Research Session
1300 – Paper 3 - Expanding Domain Modeling in GIFT: 2018 Update - Robert Sottilare
1325 – Paper 1 - The 2018 Research Psychologist’s Guide to GIFT - Anne Sinatra
Publish Only - Paper 14 - Using the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) for Adaptations in Challenge Levels for Collaborative Problem Solving During a Virtual Reality Scenario with Squad Overmatch Applications and Synthetic Training Environment Compatibility - Christopher Meyer, Mike Kalaf, Lucy Woodman and Zach Heylmun
Publish Only - Paper 31 - Basic Robotics Course - Danielle Julian

Experimentation, Analytics and Evaluation Methods
1350 – Paper 19 - Perceptual-cognitive Training Improves Cross-cultural Communication in a Cadet Population - Jeremiah Folsom-Kovarik and Michael Boyce
Publish Only – 15 - Integrating Sensors with GIFT to Maximize Data Exploitation for Improved Learning Analytics - Jong Kim, Robert Sottilare and Keith Brawner
1415 – Break – Technology Demonstrations

Authoring Tools Session
1445 – Paper 4 - The GIFT Authoring Experience: 2018 Update - Rodney Long and Robert Sottilare
1510 – Paper 2 - Incorporating psychomotor skills training into GIFT tutors: Supporting outside-the-box authoring - Debbie Brown, Benjamin Goldberg, Benjamin Bell and Elaine Kelsey
1535 – Paper 21 - Toward Automated Scenario Generation with Deep Reinforcement Learning in GIFT - Jonathan Rowe, Andy Smith, Bob Pokorny, Bradford Mott and James Lester
1600 – Wrap Up Discussion
1630 – Adjourn for the Day

Day 2: Thursday, 10 May 2018
0745 - Check in, coffee and breakfast
0830 - Opening Remarks – Robert Sottilare

Authoring Tools Session (continued)
0845 – Paper 18 - Automating Variation in Training Content for Domain-general Pedagogical Tailoring - Jeremiah Folsom-Kovarik and Keith Brawner
0910 – Paper 11 - Integrating Sketch Worksheets into GIFT - Kenneth Forbus, Tom Hinrichs, Samuel Hill and Madeline Usher
0935 – Paper 12 - Iterative Development of the GIFT Wrap Authoring Tool - Fleet Davis, Jennifer Riley and Benjamin Goldberg
1000 – Break

Individual Learner Modeling Session
1030 – Paper 6 - Learner Models in the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring: 2018 Update - Gregory Goodwin
1055 – Paper 28 - Workload-Adaptive Training Scenarios for Synthetic Training Environments - Nathan D. Smith, Thomas Schnell, Christopher M. Reuter, Ezekiel D. Gunnink, and Jason D. Moss
1120 – Paper 22 - Predicting students' unproductive failure on intelligent tutors - Seoyeon Park and Noboru Matsuda

Lunch – 1145-1315

Individual Learner Modeling Session (continued)

1315 – Paper 26 - Modeling Training Efficiency and Return on Investment for Adaptive Training - Gregory Goodwin, James Niehaus and Jong Kim
1340 – Paper 16 - Personality: A Key to Motivating our Learners - Elizabeth Biddle, Elizabeth Lameier, Lauren Reinerman, Gerald Matthews and Michael Boyce

Team Modeling Session
1405 - Paper 7 - Team Models in the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring: 2018 Update - Anne Sinatra
1430 – Break – Technology Demonstrations
1500 – Paper 23 - Team Performance and Assessment in GIFT: Research recommendations based on Lessons Learned from the Squad Overmatch Research Program - Joan Johnston
1525 – Paper 29 - Scenarios for Training Teamwork Skills in Virtual Environments with GIFT - Robert McCormack, Tara Kilcullen, Anne Sinatra, Jeff Beaubian and Tara Brown
1550 - Paper 13 - Towards validating a Mission Command Team Training Model in GIFT for Military Populations - Jeanine Defalco, Robert Davis, Michael Boyce, Erik Kober and Ben Goldberg

1615 – Wrap Up Discussion

1630 – Adjourn for the Day

Day 3: Friday, 11 May 2018

AIS Standards Session
0745 - Check in, coffee and breakfast
0830 - Opening Remarks – Robert Sottilare
0845 – Paper 5 - Developing Standards for Adaptive Instructional Systems: 2018 Update - Robert Sottilare
0915 – Paper 25 - Learning Technology Standards: the New Awakening - Robby Robson
0945 – Discussion – Viable Options for Near-term AIS Standards – Avron Barr (moderator)
1045 – Break
1115 – Wrap Up Discussion
1145 – GIFTSym6 Adjourns

*subject to change

GIFTSym6 Registration

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

Hi... we are attempting to get a head count for GIFTSym6... if you planning to attend GIFTSym6 (9-11 May), please email Elyse Burmester at by 1 May to confirm your attendance and to confirm whether you will partake of refreshments ($30 for the duration of the conference).

We are looking forward to seeing everyone and have a great slate of briefings scheduled.



Robert Sottilare
Program Chair, GIFTSym6


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