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LINGUIST List 19.991

Tue Mar 25 2008

FYI: Summer School: Tutoring & Dialogues

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        1.    Pamela Jordan, Summer School: Tutoring & Dialogues

Message 1: Summer School: Tutoring & Dialogues
Date: 24-Mar-2008
From: Pamela Jordan <pjordanpitt.edu>
Subject: Summer School: Tutoring & Dialogues
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*** Deadline for applications April 2, 2008 ****

Call for Participation: 4th Annual PSLC LearnLab Summer School to be held
at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
When:Monday, July 7, 2008 - Friday, July 11, 2008
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Cost: Participation is free!
Apply: http://www.learnlab.org/opportunities/summer/application.php


* An intensive, five-day course focused on creating technology-enhanced
courses and learning experiments and on tools to support the design,
implementation, running, and analysis of such experiments.
* The course will provide both conceptual background knowledge on advanced
technology for learning and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art
development tools.
* Learning environment development tools span a range of options from
computer-aided instruction and multimedia techniques to intelligent
tutoring systems and tutorial dialogue systems.
* Participation is free!
* Application deadline: Midnight April 2, 2008, Notification of
acceptance April 9, 2008.

Summer School Content

We invite applications for participation in an intensive 1-week summer
school on technology-enhanced learning experiments, building intelligent
tutoring systems and analyzing learning interactions. The summer school
will provide a conceptual background and considerable hands-on experience
in developing, running and analyzing technology-enhanced learning experiments.


The summer school will last five days. Each day will include lectures,
discussion sessions, and laboratory sessions where the participants will
work on developing a small prototype experiment in an area of math,
science, or language learning. The participants will use state-of-the-art
tools including the Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools and other tools for
course development, natural language dialog, semi-automated coding of
verbal data, and storing and mining of student interaction data.

On the last day, student teams will present their accomplishments to the
rest of the participants, followed by a ''graduation'' party. Participants
will be expected to do some preparation before the summer schools starts.

Background Reading

For those who would like to get more information prior to submitting an
application, papers available provide background about the topics,
technology, and tools that will be discussed during the summer school.

Course Instructors

All instructors have considerable experience in research and development in
technology-based learning experiments, intelligent tutoring systems and
tutorial dialogue systems. Members of the team have taught summer schools
for the past four years. All have taught similar material as semester-long

Required Background

The course is intended for anyone with the appropriate computational
background and educational zeal to actually build an intelligent tutoring
system. This could include seasoned edutech researchers, advanced graduate
students, computationally sophisticated teachers and commercial or military
instructional developers.


Please visit our online application page:

Important Dates

* The deadline for applications is April 2, 2008.
* Admission decisions will be made by April 9, 2008.


There will be no charge for attending the summer school. However,
participants will be responsible for paying for their own travel, meals and
lodging. Dorm rooms at the Carnegie Mellon University campus are available.
Academic credit is not available, although participants will receive a
certificate verifying their participation.
Michael Bett
PSLC Managing Director
(412) 268-8616

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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