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Preliminary Evaluations of a Dialogue-Based Digital Tutor

  • Matthew Ventura
  • Maria Chang
  • Peter Foltz
  • Nirmal Mukhi
  • Jessica Yarbro
  • Anne Pier Salverda
  • John Behrens
  • Jae-wook Ahn
  • Tengfei Ma
  • Tejas I. Dhamecha
  • Smit Marvaniya
  • Patrick Watson
  • Cassius D’helon
  • Ravi Tejwani
  • Shazia Afzal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10948)

Abstract

IBM and Pearson have partnered to develop dialogue-based intelligent tutoring systems at an unprecedented scale. We leveraged the decades-long research in intelligent tutoring systems (specifically dialogue based tutoring systems) and advances in machine learning and natural language processing to create a Watson dialogue-based tutor (WDBT). WDBT is currently being used by hundreds of students across multiple institutions. This paper describes our plans for preliminary evaluations of WDBT. Our formal evaluations begin in Spring 2018 and we will present findings shortly thereafter.

Keywords

Intelligent tutoring systems Dialogue Based Tutoring Systems Scale 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was heavily supported by the broader teams at Pearson Education and IBM Research. We also thank the students and participants in our research for their invaluable feedback.

Reference

  1. 1.
    Graesser, A.C.: Learning, thinking, and emoting with discourse technologies. Am. Psychol. 66(8), 743–757 (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Ventura
    • 1
  • Maria Chang
    • 2
  • Peter Foltz
    • 1
  • Nirmal Mukhi
    • 2
  • Jessica Yarbro
    • 1
  • Anne Pier Salverda
    • 1
  • John Behrens
    • 1
  • Jae-wook Ahn
    • 2
  • Tengfei Ma
    • 2
  • Tejas I. Dhamecha
    • 2
  • Smit Marvaniya
    • 2
  • Patrick Watson
    • 2
  • Cassius D’helon
    • 2
  • Ravi Tejwani
    • 2
  • Shazia Afzal
    • 2
  1. 1.Pearson EducationPearsonUSA
  2. 2.IBM ResearchYorktown HeightsUSA

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