
PI: Xiangen Hu
Students in the United States are failing to meet mathematics standards and falling
further behind students in other countries. This trend has been more pronounced smaller
cities and rural areas. The JacksonMadison Intelligent Tutoring System Evaluation
(JMITSE) Project attempts to find effective methods to address this national problem.
JMITSE is an afterschool program for sixth graders. Middle school is a critical
period when basic math skills are applied to understand deeper math concepts.
The JMITSE project gives students structured afterschool time twice a week for two
hours in one of two distinct types of instructional programs.
In the first program, students interact with the intelligent tutoring system, ALEKS,
which uses knowledge space theory to individualize student learning during three 20minute
blocks each day. Students in the second program receive three 20minute blocks taught
by a human teacher using an `I do – We do – You do’ method.
All students also receive two 20minute breaks for snacks and games between the learning
sessions to increase enjoyment.
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Funding:
 Applications of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) to Improve the Skill Levels of
Students with Deficiencies in Mathematics. Funding Agency: IES. $2,322,310
Selected Publications:
 Hu, X., Craig, S. D., Bargagliotti A. E., Graesser, A. C., Okwumabua, T., Anderson,
C., Cheney, K. R., & Sterbinsky, A. (2012). The effects of a traditional and technologybased
afterschool program on 6th grade students' mathematics skills. Journal of Computers
in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 31, 17–38.
 Craig, S. D., Hu, X., Graesser, A. C., Bargagliotti A. E., Sterbinsky, A., Cheney,
K. R., & Okwumabua, T. (in press). The impact of a technologybased mathematics afterschool
program using ALEKS on student's knowledge and behaviors. Computers & Education.
 Craig, S. D., Anderson, C., Bargagliotti, A., Graesser, A. C., Okwumabua, T., Sterbinsky,
A., & Hu, X. (2011). Learning with ALEKS: The impact of students' attendance in a
mathematics afterschool program. In G. Biswas, S. Bull, J. Kay,& A. Mitrovic (Eds.),
Artificial Intelligence in Education: 15th International Conference, AIED 2011 (pp.
435–437). Berlin, Germany: Springer.
