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Full Title: 8th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications

Short Title: BEA8
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Start Date: 13-Jun-2013 - 13-Jun-2013
Contact: Joel Tetreault
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Meeting Description: Research in NLP applications for education continues to progress using innovative NLP techniques - statistical, rule-based, or most commonly, a combination of the two. New technologies have made it possible to include speech in both assessment and Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). NLP techniques are also being used to generate assessments, and tools for curriculum development of reading materials, as well as tools to support assessment and test development. As a community, we continue to improve existing capabilities and to identify and generate innovative and creative ways to use NLP in applications for writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, and assessment.

In 2012, the use of NLP in educational contexts took two major steps forward. First, outside of the computational linguistics community, the Hewlett Foundation reached out to both the public and private sectors and sponsored two competitions: one on automated essay scoring (Automated Student Assessment Prize: ASAP, Phase 1:, and a second on short-answer scoring (Phase 2: The motivation driving these competitions was to engage the larger scientific community in this enterprise. The two competitions were inspired by the Common Core State Initiative (, an influential set of standards adopted by 45 states in the U.S. The Initiative describes what K-12 students should be learning with regard to Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Media and Technology. Another breakthrough for educational applications within the computational linguistics community was the second edition of the ‘Helping Our Own’ grammatical error detection/correction competition at last year’s BEA workshop - where 14 systems competed. In 2013, independent of the BEA workshop, there will be two shared task competitions. This year’s CoNLL Shared Task is on grammatical error correction and there is a SemEval Shared Task on Student Response Analysis ( Both of these competitions will increase the visibility of the educational problem space in the NLP community.

In this year’s BEA workshop, we welcome discussion across a broad range of educational applications, including: intelligent tutoring, learner cognition, use of corpora, grammatical error detection, tools for teachers and test developers, and automated scoring and evaluation of open-ended responses. Since the first workshop in 1997, ‘Innovative Use of NLP in Building Educational Applications’ has continued to bring together all NLP subfields to foster interaction and collaboration among researchers in both academic institutions and industry. The workshop offers a venue for researchers to present and discuss their work in these areas. Each year, we see steady growth in workshop submissions and attendance, and the research has become more innovative and advanced. In 2013, we expect that the workshop (consistent with previous workshops at ACL 1997, NAACL/HLT 2003, ACL 2005, ACL 2008, NAACL HLT 2009, NAACL HLT 2010, ACL 2011, NAACL HLT 2012), will continue to expose the NLP research community to technologies that identify novel opportunities for the use of NLP techniques and tools in educational applications. At NAACL HLT 2012, the workshop coordinated with the HOO shared task for grammatical error detection, generating a much larger poster session that was lively and well-attended. In 2013, the workshop will host the first Native Language Identification Shared Task.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1053

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
1st Shared Task on Native Language Identification

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