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ERIC Number: ED577117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching iSTART to Understand Spanish
Dascalu, Mihai; Jacovina, Matthew E.; Soto, Christian M.; Allen, Laura K.; Dai, Jianmin; Guerrero, Tricia A.; McNamara, Danielle S.
Grantee Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (18th, 2017)
iSTART is a web-based reading comprehension tutor. A recent translation of iSTART from English to Spanish has made the system available to a new audience. In this paper, we outline several challenges that arose during the development process, specifically focusing on the algorithms that drive the feedback. Several iSTART activities encourage students to use comprehension strategies to generate self-explanations in response to challenging texts. Unsurprisingly, analyzing responses in a new language required many changes, such as implementing Spanish natural language processing tools and rebuilding lists of regular expressions used to flag responses. We also describe our use of an algorithm inspired from genetics to optimize the Fischer Discriminant Function Analysis coefficients used to determine self-explanation scores. [This paper was published in: R. Baker & E. Andre (Eds.), "Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education" (pp. 485-489), Wuhan, China: Springer.]
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A130124; ONRN000141410343; ONRN000141712300