Advanced Distributed Learning - Memphis Intelligent Tutoring Systems Center
ARIES
ARIES: Acquiring Research Investigative and Evaluative Skills for Scientifi c Inquiry. The researchers are developing and testing an interactive intelligent tutor called ARIES that teaches critical thinking in science. The learner holds conversations with two animated pedagogical agents while solving a number of engaging problems in the social and physical sciences.
  • PI (UM): Art Graesser
  • Funding Agency: IES (subcontract from Northern Illinois University; Keith Millis is PI)
  • Dates: 2007–2010
  • Amount: $640,000

Significant Publications:
  • Graesser, A. C., Jeon, M., & Dufty, D. (2008). Agent technologies designed to facilitate interactive knowledge construction. Discourse Processes, 45, 298–322.
  • Storey, J. K., Kopp, K. J., Wiemer, K., Chipman, P., & Graesser, A. C. (in press). Using AutoTutor to teach scientifi c critical thinking skills. Behavior Research Methods.
The ADL-CITSRD is located in the FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) on the campus of the University of Memphis. Researchers associated with the center are faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students in the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS). The center researchers have extensive experience in research, development, and evaluation of advanced learning environments.
Research Capabilities
Cognitive studies of learning systems
Impact study of Learning Technology in Applied Settings
Development Capabilities
ITS enhancement of learning content
Service Capabilities
Usability Analysis for Learning Environments
Text Analysis Using Computational Linguistics Tools
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