Advanced Distributed Learning - Memphis Intelligent Tutoring Systems Center
AutoTutor Capabilities
AutoTutor is a web-based computer tutor architecture that simulates the dialog moves of effective human tutors.
Developing AutoTutor for Computer Literacy and Physics
  • Funding Agency: NSF. $1,274,075.

Simulating Tutors with Natural Dialog and Pedagogical Strategies
  • Funding Agency: NSF. $900,000.

Why2000: A Tutor that Teaches Mental Models Using Natural Language Dialogs
  • Funding Agency: ONR. $1,258,875.

Significant Publications:
  • Graesser, A. C., Wiemer-Hastings, K., Wiemer-Hastings, P., Kreuz, R., & the Tutoring Research Group. (1999). AutoTutor: A simulation of a human tutor. Cognitive Systems Research, 1, 35–51.
  • Graesser, A. C., Person, N., Harter, D., & the Tutoring Research Group. (2001). Teaching tactics and dialog in AutoTutor. International Journal of Artifi cial Intelligence in Education, 12, 257–279.
  • Graesser, A. C., VanLehn, K., Rose, C., Jordan, P., & Harter, D. (2001). Intelligent tutoring systems with conversational dialogue.AI Magazine, 22, 39–51.
  • >Graesser, A. C., Lu, S., Jackson, G. T., Mitchell, H., Ventura, M., Olney, A., & Louwerse, M. M. (2004). AutoTutor: A tutor with dialogue in natural language. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 36, 180–193.
  • VanLehn, K., Graesser, A. C., Jackson, G. T., Jordan, P., Olney, A., & Rose, C. P. (2007). When are tutorial dialogues more eff ective than reading? Cognitive Science, 31, 3–62.
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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