Feb 26th: Intelligent Tutoring Systems to Teach Strategies: A Combination of Pedagogy, Computational Linguistics, and Pedagogical Agents

This presentation and lunch is part of the monthly meeting of the E-Learning Network.

* When: 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 26th, 2009
* Where: University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology, Room 405
* Featured Speaker: Dr. Danielle McNamara, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
* Topic: Intelligent Tutoring Systems to Teach Strategies: A Combination of Pedagogy, Computational Linguistics, and Pedagogical Agents
* Who’s Invited: anyone interested in teaching and learning, particularly in the workforce

Please forward this notice to interested colleagues, or those you know involved in training and learning initiatives.

Topic Abstract:

Exciting advances in computational techniques facilitate the development of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs). At the University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems, we are building and testing ITSs to help students learn strategies to comprehend and ask questions (iSTART), study and learn (MetaTutor), and write (W-Pal). In this presentation, I will show you our recent technologies and describe studies that have been conducted to test them.

Speaker Biography:

Danielle S. McNamara is a Professor in the Psychology Department and the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Her academic background includes a Linguistics B.A. (1982), a Clinical Psychology M.S. (1989), and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (1992; UC-Boulder). Her research involves the theoretical study of cognitive processes as well as the application of cognitive principles to educational practice. The overarching theme of her research is to better understand cognitive processes involved in memory, knowledge acquisition, reading, and writing and to apply that understanding to educational practice by creating and testing educational technologies (e.g., Coh-Metrix, the iSTART Reading Strategy tutor, Writing Pal the writing strategy tutor). She has served on the editorial boards of Discourse Processes, Memory & Cognition, and JEP:LMC and currently serves as Associate Editor for three journals, topiCS, the Cognitive Science Journal, and the Journal of Educational Psychology. She serves on a standing review panel for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and has served on numerous review panels for IES, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is on the Governing Boards for the Society for Text and Discourse and the Cognitive Science Society. She has published over 150 papers. She has brought in over 10 million dollars in project funding to the University of Memphis since she arrived at the University in 2002.

If you have any questions, feel free to to call the Corporate ADL Co-
Lab at (901) 678-5736.

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