Towards Predicting Future Transfer of Learning

  • Ryan S. J. d. Baker
  • Sujith M. Gowda
  • Albert T. Corbett
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6738)


We present an automated detector that can predict a student’s future performance on a transfer post-test, a post-test involving related but different skills than the skills studied in the tutoring system, within an Intelligent Tutoring System for College Genetics. We show that this detector predicts transfer better than Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, a measure of student learning in intelligent tutors that has been shown to predict performance on paper post-tests of the same skills studied in the intelligent tutor. We also find that this detector only needs limited amounts of student data (the first 20% of a student’s data from a tutor lesson) in order to reach near-asymptotic predictive power.


Transfer Bayesian Knowledge Tracing Educational Data Mining Student Modeling Robust Learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan S. J. d. Baker
    • 1
  • Sujith M. Gowda
    • 1
  • Albert T. Corbett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social Science and Policy StudiesWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Human-Computer Interaction InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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