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The Pennsylvania State University
Natural Language Processing and Scoring Student Writing by Computers - An Important Feature of On-Line Learning
Global Learn 2011 (Mar 28, 2011) pp. 794–797
Web based learning environment’s require effective scoring approaches for text based answers. This paper presents the complexities of Natural language processing challenges faced in the development of a web-based reading comprehension tutor. We...
Improving Reading Comprehension for Middle School Students Using a Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (Jun 30, 2008) pp. 5714–5728
Our goal was to create a web-based tutoring system that can help children in grades 4 through 9 learn the structure strategy and apply it in many different domains. This paper presents the research findings from our recent study with 5th and 7th...
Reading and Writing Improvement Through Web-Based Structure Strategy Training in Elementary and Middle Schools
Global Learn 2011 (Mar 28, 2011) pp. 2148–2152
Reading comprehension and writing are in dire need for improvement across the world’s schools. One approach to improving reading comprehension with expository content area texts is the structure strategy. We have created a web-based intelligent...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (Jun 30, 2008) pp. 1170–1179
Advanced communications in technology enhanced classrooms can have positive or negative effects on learning. One cause for concern can be interruptions from emails, cell phones, and instant messages. This paper presents a theoretical foundation...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2002 (2002) pp. 2058–2059
In order to create a more widely available mentoring system for Computer Science Novices we are developing an Activity Theory Based Software Agent. This paper outlines the preliminary model.
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2002 (2002) pp. 1029–1034
Computer tools affect users by leaving a cognitive residue in them as well as supporting their activities by allowing the off-loading of memory intensive tasks and providing prompts known as affordances. This paper argues that web-based course...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2002 (2002) pp. 2774–2775
This paper presents a Nutrition and Wellness course design for the WWW using the Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction (ARCS) Instructional Design Model. The description includes how ARCS can be implemented and examples from the course...
Topics: Instructional Design
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2002 (2002) pp. 2390–2392
The design of hypertext documents for the WWW has been influenced by research on layout, color, and other display factors as well as navigation research. This paper presents a study researching whether hypertext environments signal users with their ...
Self-Motivated Learning: A case study defending the use of an online coloring book as a self-motivating educational tool
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (2004) pp. 2652–2657
Safety is an important concept for children. Teaching children about safety in a fun and motivating environment is a critical function of our coloring book environment. This paper presents the rationale for the use of this concept and preliminary...
Improving Writing in Grades 5 – 12 Using a Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System: Research and Development
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2009 (Jun 22, 2009) pp. 3803–3812
Writing quality has been declining in K-12 learning environments for over 20 years. Solutions to the problem have been focused on the mechanics of spelling, grammar, and organization. Additionally, assessments have focused on narrative styles...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (2004) pp. 2994–2999
Reading comprehension is a critical factor in the success of all learners. The National Reading Panel has recommended the Structure Strategy as one approach that should be used to improve reading comprehension in schools. We have created an...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2003 (2003) pp. 495–497
Mentoring is a critical need for undergraduates in any field. We report on a project that has collected data on mentoring, analyzed the data and created a prototype mentoring system for undergraduates in Information Technology related programs. ...
Comparing Communication Content and Reporting of Personal Experiences in Asynchronous Discussion Boards (On-Line vs. Traditional Undergraduates)
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2003 (2003) pp. 1806–1808
Web-based learning environments offer some interesting opportunities for communication and privacy that face-2-face classrooms do not offer. This study presents findings that show differences in the content of bulletin board postings by students...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2004 (2004) pp. 631–638
Intelligent tutors are gaining popularity in learning environments because they can provide consistent modeling, assessment, and feedback to learners. This paper presents our approach to implementing these foundations of learning in a web-based...
Intelligent Discussion Boards[C]: Promoting Deep Conversations in Asynchronous Discussion Boards through Synchronous Support
Campus-Wide Information Systems Vol. 23, No. 3 (2006) pp. 221–232
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a case study on the creation of an intelligent discussion board (IDB) that promotes active participation of all students, better threading, and re-uses vast collections of discussions. Design...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2003 (2003) pp. 235–240
Assessment is the most critical component of any learning environment and web-based distance learning courses are no exception to this rule. This paper highlights the needs for assessment and describes current techniques. Four new methods...
Why fifth- and seventh-graders submit off-task responses to a web-based reading comprehension tutor rather than expected learning responses
Computers & Education Vol. 75, No. 1 (June 2014) pp. 229–252
Research shows the students improve their reading comprehension with Intelligent Tutoring of the Structure Strategy (ITSS). One problem for ITSS is that some students are producing responses in the on-line instruction that are unrelated to learning...
Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring to Improve Reading Comprehension in Elementary and Middle Schools: Design, Research, and Preliminary Findings
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2005 (October 2005) pp. 3206–3211
Reading comprehension is one fundamental unit of life-long learning and success and schools are under pressure to improve their students' reading comprehension. Structure Strategy training with one on one tutoring has shown improvement on measures...
Problems with Assessment Validity and Reliability in Web-Based Distance Learning Environments and Solutions
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2006) pp. 199–215
Assessment of learning is critical to the learners, teachers, and designers of learning environments. Current assessment techniques in web-based distance learning apply age-old techniques to a new medium and are not adequate for web-based distance...
Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring to Improve Reading Comprehension in an Alternative K-12 School Setting
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2007 (Jun 25, 2007) pp. 3820–3827
Intelligent tutoring for the structure strategy (ITSS) is a web-based learning technology that has shown exceptional improvement in reading comprehension with students from grades 5 and 7 in suburban schools (Meyer & Wijekumar, in press). We adapted ...
Large-Scale Randomized Controlled Trial with 4th Graders Using Intelligent Tutoring of the Structure Strategy to Improve Nonfiction Reading Comprehension
Educational Technology Research and Development Vol. 60, No. 6 (December 2012) pp. 987–1013
Reading comprehension is a challenge for K-12 learners and adults. Nonfiction texts, such as expository texts that inform and explain, are particularly challenging and vital for students' understanding because of their frequent use in formal...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (2004) pp. 2228–2232
The Structure Strategy is a well-researched approach that improves reading comprehension of young and old. The National Reading Panel has recommended the Structure Strategy as one approach that should be used to improve reading comprehension in...
How to Make Software Work in Schools: Lessons Learned from a Randomized Control Trial of a Web-Based Intelligent Tutor used in Elementary and Middle Schools to Improve Reading Comprehension
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (Oct 18, 2011) pp. 1762–1766
Reading comprehension is one fundamental unit of life-long learning and success. We built and conducted large scale randomized controlled trials on an Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy. Our software has shown significant...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2003 (2003) pp. 2494–2497
Intelligent tutoring systems are gaining popularity in web-based learning environments because of their ability to give immediate feedback, provide modeling, and interaction levels previously not available in on-line learning technologies. The...
High-fidelity implementation of web-based intelligent tutoring system improves fourth and fifth graders content area reading comprehension
Computers & Education Vol. 68, No. 1 (October 2013) pp. 366–379
Technologies and their effectiveness are impacted by how well they are implemented. A large scale randomized controlled trial was conducted to study the efficacy of a web-based intelligent tutoring system to deliver the structure strategy to improve ...
Web-Based Tutoring of the Structure Strategy with or without Elaborated Feedback or Choice for Fifth- and Seventh-Grade Readers
Bonnie J. F. Meyer; Kay Wijekumar; Wendy Middlemiss; Kelli Higley; Pui-Wa Lei; Catherine Meier; James Spielvogel
Reading Research Quarterly Vol. 45, No. 1 (2010) pp. 62–92
This study investigated the effects of different versions of Web-based instruction focused on text structure on fifth- and seventh-grade students' reading comprehension. Stratified random assignment was employed in a two-factor experiment embedded...