Fourth Annual GIFT Users Symposium - Call for Papers

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

26 May 2016 - Educational Test Service, Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ

Scope and Topics of Interest:
The aim of this symposium is to bring together members of the GIFT User community for an in-depth exploration of tools, methods, and standards for Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) as part of the research and development of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratory. GIFT is a free, modular, service-oriented architecture whose goal is to make automated authoring, automated instruction, and effect analysis easy and cost-effective. GIFT has three primary objectives:

(1)reduce the skill and time needed to author ITSs
(2)provide an automated instructional capability based upon best tutoring principles, strategies, and tactics for use in ITSs;
(3)enable experimentation to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of ITS components, tools, and methods.

The program committee invites GIFT practitioners and ITS scientists to submit papers highlighting their use of GIFT and recommendations for design enhancements in the following areas: automated authoring, automated instructional management, and evaluation of learning, retention and transfer effect. Additional topics of interest include: team tutoring, multi-agent architectures for GIFT, and competency modeling/ long term learner modeling.

  • Four papers will be selected for special presentation in the GIFT Showcase to our advisory board on 24 May. The primary authors of these four special papers will be added as advisory board members for meetings on 24 and 25 May. Regular papers will be presented on 26 May.

Submission instructions:
Paper submissions should be 8-10 pages (10 page maximum) in APA format and submitted through Easy Chair at: Only submissions in .doc (Word) format will be accepted and a template will be made available on All submissions should be in English. Address any questions to .

Important Dates

GIFTSym4 Abstracts Due 2016-02-01
Author Notification of Abstract Acceptance 2016-02-12
GIFTSym4 Papers Due 2016-04-08
Author Notification of Paper Acceptance 2016-04-22
Camera Ready Papers Due 2016-05-06
Presentations Due 2016-05-17
GIFTSym4, Princeton, NJ 2016-05-26

GIFT Virtual Open Campus at

Added by Brawner, Keith almost 2 years ago

The Army Research Laboratory's Open Campus is a collaborative endeavor, with the goal of building a science and technology ecosystem to encourage groundbreaking advances. This is a physical meeting taking place at the Army Research Laboratory Campus in Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland. You can read more about Open Campus and its opportunities for collaboration at its homepage:

In this spirit, the GIFT team announces GIFT Virtual Open Campus (GIFT Cloud), which is a web-based product which allows users to build tutors, take tutoring content, run experiments, and build experimental reports for analysis. These features are now available on the web, with no download required, and made compatible with the most recent version of GIFT (GIFT Local).

Check it out at

GIFT 2015-2X (GIFT Local) Release Available for Download

Added by Brawner, Keith almost 2 years ago

GIFT 2015-2X (GIFT Local) is now available for download by registered users on the GIFT Portal at

Download the file here:

Additions/improvements include:
- A simplified web-based dashboard has been added, and significantly improved upon
- Ability to create an adaptive course and delivery, without programming, in a browser
- New deployment mode ("Server"), which supports many simultaneous users
- Dramatically better course import/export functionality, based on course folders
- Various UI tweaks and improvements

GIFTSym3 Proceedings and Updated EULA

Added by Brawner, Keith about 2 years ago

The GIFTSym3 Proceedings are now available. See for more information.

Additionally, the End User License Agreement has been updated to reflect a better understanding of the rights/responsibilities for GIFT users. Two examples of items now explicitly handled in EULA documentation are “Can I create a plug-in GIFT and sell it?” and “Can I sell GIFT directly?” (the answers are "yes" and "no"). See for more information.

Authoring Tools Book is now available!

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 2 years ago

The third book in the adaptive tutoring series, "Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 3 - Authoring Tools and Expert Modeling Techniques" is now available under the documents tab.

Volume 3 is now available in pdf format. This book is a collaboration between ARL, the University of Memphis, and scores of government and academic partners to provide a ready reference for researchers and ITS developers. Download at

GIFT 2015-1 Release Available for Download

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 2 years ago

GIFT 2015-1 (Web release) is now available for download by registered users on the GIFT Portal at

Download the file here:

Additions/improvements include:

- A drastically simplified web-based dashboard has been added

- All user tools to create/deliver content are now accessible via web browser, including configurable pedagogical rules

- Ability to create an adaptive course and delivery, without programming, in a browser

- New deployment mode (either "Desktop" or "Experiment")

- Support for RapidMiner-developed Machine Learning modules

- Simplified file services layer for working with desktop files

- VBS3 support

- and more!

GIFTSym3 Agenda and Location (1 comment)

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 2 years ago

The 3rd Annual GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym3) will be held 17-18 June at the Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center, 1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765. The agenda follows:

Session 1: Wednesday afternoon - 17 June 2015

• 1300: Welcome – Bob Sottilare

Theme #1 – Applications of GIFT
• 1315: Paper #8: GIFT-Powered NewtonianTalk - Weinan Zhao, Matthew Ventura, Benjamin Nye and Xiangen Hu
• 1345: Paper #9: Using GIFT to Model and Support Students’ Metacognition in the UrbanSim Open-Ended Learning Environment - James Segedy, John Kinnebrew, Benjamin Goldberg, Robert Sottilare and Gautam Biswas
• 1415: Paper #11: GIFT-Virtual Trainer Integration Lessons Learned - Gregory Dukstein and Derek Crane

• 1445: Break

Theme #2: Learner Modeling
• 1500: Paper #10: Developing Persistent, Interoperable Learner Models in GIFT - Gregory Goodwin, Mike Hruska and Jennifer Murphy
• 1530: Paper #6: Characteristics of a Multi-User Tutoring Architecture - Eliot Winer, Joseph Holub, Trevor Richardson, Michael Hoffman, Stephen Gilbert and Michael Dorneich
• 1600: Paper #12: The Unpacking of Team Models in GIFT - Shawn Burke, Jennifer Feitosa and Eduardo Salas

• 1630: Adjourn for the Day

Session 2: Thursday morning - 18 June 2015

• 0830: Welcome

Special Track - GIFT 2015-1 Demonstrations and Q&A
• 0845: Panel on New Features and Future Directions – Bob Sottilare, Keith Brawner, Benjamin Goldberg, and Anne Sinatra

• 1000: Break

Theme #3 – Instructional Management
• 1015: Paper #16: Unsupervised Discovery of Tutorial Dialogue States with Hidden Markov Models – Vasile Rus
• 1045: Paper #5: Motivational Feedback Designs for Frustration in a Simulation-based Combat Medic Training Environment - Jeanine Defalco, Ryan Baker, Luc Paquette, Vasiliki Georgoulas, Jonathan Rowe, Bradford Mott and James Lester
• 1115: Paper #4: Toward a Modular Reinforcement Learning Framework for Tutorial Planning in GIFT Jonathan Rowe, Bradford Mott, James Lester, Bob Pokorny, Wilbur Peng and Benjamin Goldberg

Lunch: 1145–1300 (on your own)

Session 3: Thursday afternoon - 18 June 2015

Theme #4 – Domain Modeling
• 1300: Paper #13: Dimensions and Challenges in Domain Modeling for Adaptive Training – Bob Sottilare
• 1330: Paper #15: The Application of GIFT in a Psychomotor Domain of Instruction – Benjamin Goldberg
• 1400: Paper #18: How to CREATE Domain Content for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Terry Patten, Max Metzger, Stephen Hookway, Amy Sliva, Samuel Lasser, Jeffrey Wallace and Rodney Long

• 1430: Break

Theme #4 – GIFT User Perspectives
• 1445: Paper #17: The GIFT 2015 Report Card and the State of the Project – Keith Brawner and Scott Ososky
• 1515: Paper #2: The Instructor’s Guide to GIFT: Recommendations for Using GIFT In and Out of the Classroom – Anne Sinatra

Theme #6: Dialogue-Based Tutoring
• 1545: Paper #3: Design of a Domain-Independent, Interactive, Dialogue-Based Tutor for Use with the GIFT Framework - Elaine Kelsey, Fritz Ray, Debbie Brown and Robby Robson
• 1615: Paper #7: Center for Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) AutoTutor: Integrating Rich Media with AutoTutor Conversation Engine - Zhiqiang Cai, Art Graesser, Xiangen Hu and Benjamin Nye

• 1630: Closing Remarks – Bob Sottilare

• 1645: Adjourn GIFTSym3

Impending GIFT-2015-1 Release

Added by Brawner, Keith over 2 years ago

In the same fashion as GIFT-2014-2 (and GIFT-2014-3X), the GIFT team anticipates a regression-tested GIFT-2015-1 software release by the end of the week, with a web-hosted GIFT-2015-2X version in the coming month or two. Stay tuned for a host of new features and developments.

GIFT Workshop at AIED 2015

Added by Goldberg, Ben over 2 years ago

The GIFT team is coordinating a workshop at AIED 2015 titled: "Developing a Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT): Informing Design through a Community of Practice" Submission deadline of March 20.

The purpose of this workshop is to examine current research within the AIED community focused on improving adaptive tools and methods for authoring, automated instruction and evaluation associated with the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT). The organizers plan to demonstrate various authoring tools and capabilities available within GIFT and to allocate time for hands-on interaction with GIFT’s authoring tools. The goal of this event is to provide an interactive forum for interested parties to learn about how GIFT operates, to learn about the various research efforts that are ongoing to improve its function, and to allow participants to share insights and opinions on presented work and demonstrations. This workshop is unique as it will also provide participants with opportunities to work alongside the presenters.
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