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2011 MITER Colloquium: Koedinger on Psychometrics and Technology-Enhanced Education Research

Kenneth Koedinger, professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, will present "Psychometrics and Technology-enhanced Education" at Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training and Educational Research (MITER) program's annual colloquium on Friday, February 11, 9:00 a.m., in Room 325 Education Sciences Building.

Abstract: Educational technologies are being increasingly used in schools and colleges. Well-designed systems go beyond the support provided by teachers and textbooks to assess students as they work, adapt instruction to their individual needs, and provide stakeholders with detailed reports on students' strengths and weaknesses. Further, these systems provide a powerful research platform for data collection and experimentation to advance theories of learning, instruction, and assessment. This talk will focus on opportunities for transforming the way academic assessment is done. Dr. Koedinger will discuss work from a team of psychologists, computer scientists, and statisticians exploring whether an online math tutoring system can accurately predict state test scores, while at the same time enhancing student learning and helping teachers improve their teaching. He will also discuss the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to go beyond cognitive assessment to create assessment models of student learning skills, like help-seeking or self-explanation, and their motivational states, like disengagement or flow. A key theme is how the timing data available from online student interactions provide research opportunities to develop new models of psychological states and processes, individual differences, and longitudinal change.

Please register to attend by e-mailing or calling Peggy Ferdinand at, or 612-626-8269.

Professor Koedinger will also be presenting a lecture on "The Science of Learning Goes to School" at the 2011 MITER Colloquium on Friday, February 11, 4:30 p.m., Johnson Great Room, MacNamara Alumni Center. A reception will follow.

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