Conceptual Change Takes Time: Game Based Learning Cannot be Only Supplementary Amusement (Ketamo & Kiili, 2010)

Ketamo, H. & Kiili, K. (2010). Conceptual Change Takes Time: Game Based Learning Cannot be Only Supplementary Amusement. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 19(4), 399-419. Learning games, if designed well, may serve as effective learning tools supporting knowledge construction (e.g. Kiili, 2007; Lainema & Makkonen, 2003; Gee, 2003; Amory, 2001; Prensky, 2001). In this … Continue reading

Learning Factors Analysis (Cen, Koedinger, & Junker, 2006)

Cen, H., Koedinger, K., Junker, B.  Learning Factors Analysis – A General Method for Cognitive Model Evaluation and Improvement. the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. 2006. Pages 12.(download) In this paper, the authors describe a semi-automated method for improving a cognitive model called Learning Factors Analysis that combines a statistical model, human expertise and a combinatorial search.

Reflected Appraisals, Academic Self-Perceptions, and Math/Science Performance During Early Adolescence (Bouchey & Harter, 2005)

Bouchey, H. A., & Harter, S. (2005). Reflected Appraisals, Academic Self-Perceptions, and Math/Science Performance During Early Adolescence. Journal of Educational Psychology, 97(4), 673-686. doi:10.1037/0022-0663.97.4.673 The authors investigate whether or not middle school students’ reflected appraisals of competence, support, and importance were linked to their own corresponding self-perceptions. More specifically, do adolescents’ self perceptions mediate the … Continue reading

G4LI’s Jan Plass and Bruce Homer Google TechTalk

Games for Learning Institute Co-Director Jan Plass and Co-PI Bruce Homer presented a TechTalk on the research and design of learning games at Google recently. I recommend starting about 24 minutes in! [my notes are below] Four main functions of learning games – prepare for future learning – for specific learning goals (content & skills) … Continue reading

Data Mining for Generating Hints in a Python Tutor (Dominguez, Yacef, K., & Curran, 2010)

Dominguez, A. K., Yacef, K., & Curran, J. R. (2010) Data Mining for Generating Hints in a Python Tutor. In Baker, R.S.J.d., Merceron, A., Pavlik, P.I. Jr. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Educational Data Mining, 91-100. Retrieved from http://educationaldatamining.org/EDM2010/uploads/proc/edm2010_submission_34.pdf The authors present a way to use both past and current student data … Continue reading

Can We Get Better Assessment From A Tutoring System Compared to Traditional Paper Testing? (Feng & Heffernan, 2010)

Feng, M., & Heffernan, N. (2010). Can We Get Better Assessment From A Tutoring System Compared to Traditional Paper Testing? Can We Have Our Cake (Better Assessment) and Eat It too (Student Learning During the Test)? Intelligent Tutoring Systems (pp. 309–311). The authors conducted an analysis of ITS data from 1,392 students over two school … Continue reading

An Analysis of the Differences in the Frequency of Students’ Disengagement in Urban, Rural, and Suburban High Schools (Baker & Gowda, 2010)

Baker, R. S. J. &  Gowda, S. M. (2010). An Analysis of the Differences in the Frequency of Students’ Disengagement in Urban, Rural, and Suburban High Schools. In Baker, R.S.J.d., Merceron, A., Pavlik, P.I. Jr. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Educational Data Mining, 11-20. Retrieved from http://educationaldatamining.org/EDM2010/uploads/proc/edm2010_submission_25.pdf The authors examine how students … Continue reading

Construct a Sum: A Measure of Children’s Understanding of Fraction Size (Behr, Wachsmuth, & Post, 1985)

Behr, M. J., Wachsmuth, I., & Post, T. R. (1985). Construct a Sum: A Measure of Children’s Understanding of Fraction Size. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 16(2), 120-131. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/748369 The authors used a “Construct a Sum” task with 4th and 5th graders (part of the Rational Numbers Project) to assess their conceptual … Continue reading

The State of Educational Data Mining in 2009: A Review and Future Visions (Baker, R.S.J.D. & Yacef, K., 2009)

Baker, R. S. J. D., & Yacef, K. (2009). The State of Educational Data Mining in 2009: A Review and Future Visions. Journal of Educational Data Mining, 1(1). Retrieved from http://www.educationaldatamining.org/JEDM/images/articles/vol1/issue1/JEDMVol1Issue1_BakerYacef.pdf

Introducing Battleship Numberline!

Over the fall of 2010, my friend and colleague Derek Lomas, a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University, decided to create a number line game to help young kids develop better numerical estimation skills (an important component of number sense). He shared an early prototype, inviting me to join in the fun. Lo and behold, … Continue reading