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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation), the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC) is sponsoring an Intelligent Tutoring Systems Summer School entitled:
 
*** The 1st Annual Science of Learning Summer School****
 
to be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  
Monday, June 27, 2005 - Friday, July 1, 2005
 
 -----------------------> Free! <------------------------
 
* An intensive, five-day course focused on creating technology-enhanced courses and learning experiments and on tools to support the design, implementation, running, and analysis of such experiments.
 
* The course will provide both conceptual background knowledge on advanced technology for learning and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art development tools.
 
* Learning environment development tools span a range of options from computer-aided instruction and multimedia techniques to intelligent tutoring systems.
 
* Participation is free!
 
* Application deadline: April 29, Notification of acceptance May 9.
 
* Apply online: http://www.learnlab.org/summer <http://www.learnlab.org/summer>  
 
 
SUMMER SCHOOL CONTENT
 
We invite applications for participation in an intensive 1-week summer school on technology-enhanced learning experiments and building intelligent tutoring systems. The summer school will provide a conceptual background and considerable hands-on experience in developing, running and analyzing technology-enhanced learning experiments.
 
FORMAT
The summer school will last five days. Each day will include lectures, discussion sessions, and laboratory sessions where the participants will work on developing a small prototype experiment in an area of math, science, or language learning. The participants will use state-of-the-art tools including the Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (http://CTAT.pact.cs.cmu.edu <http://ctat.pact.cs.cmu.edu/> ) and other tools for course development, natural language dialog, semi-automated coding of verbal data, and storing and mining of student interaction data.
 
On the last day, student teams will present their accomplishments to the rest of the participants. Participants will be expected to do some preparation before the summer schools starts.
 
 
 
BACKGROUND READING
For those who would like to get more information prior to submitting an application, papers on http://www.learnlab.org/summer <http://www.learnlab.org/summer-school>  provide background about the topics, technology, and tools that will be discussed during the summer school.
 
COURSE INSTRUCTORS
The primary course instructors will include:
 
Dr. Kenneth R. Koedinger
Co-Director Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center Human-Computer Interaction Institute Carnegie Mellon University
 
Dr. Kurt VanLehn
Co-Director Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh 
 
Dr. Vincent Aleven
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
 
Dr. Bruce McLaren
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
 
Other instructors may include:
 
Candace Thille
Director, Open Learning Imitative
Carnegie Mellon University
 
Dr. Neil T. Heffernan
Computer Science Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 
Dr. Carolyn Penstein Rosť
Language Technologies Institute
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
 
Dr. David Klahr
Professor of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University
 
 
All instructors have considerable experience in research and development in technology-based learning experiments, intelligent tutoring systems and tutorial dialogue systems. Members of the team have taught summer schools for the past four years. All have taught similar material as semester-long courses.
 
REQUIRED BACKGROUND
The course is intended for anyone with the appropriate computational background and educational zeal to actually build a technology enhanced learning experiment or an intelligent tutoring system. This could include seasoned educational technology researchers, advanced graduate students, computationally sophisticated teachers and commercial or military instructional developers.
 
 
APPLICATIONS
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a 1-page letter explaining why they are interested in attending and indicating any relevant experience (e.g., programming, cognitive task analysis, cognitive modeling, production rule programming).  You may register online at http://www.learnlab.org/summer <http://www.learnlab.org/summer>  , by email, or by postal mail.
 
Applicants should also fill in this short questionnaire:
 
I am interested in running experiments within technology-enhanced courses.
Circle one: strongly-disagree   disagree  neutral    agree       strongly-agree
 
I have cognitive psychology or educational psychology experience.
Circle one: strongly-disagree   disagree  neutral    agree       strongly-agree
 
I am interested in designing technology-enhanced courses
Circle one: strongly-disagree   disagree  neutral    agree       strongly-agree
 
I have AI programming experience.
Circle one: strongly-disagree   disagree  neutral    agree       strongly-agree
 
I am interested in experiments or course development in the following domain(s):
Check zero or more:
PSLC LearnLab Courses (see http://www.LearnLab.org/courses): <http://www.learnlab.org/courses):>
__ Algebra, Middle or High School
__ Geometry, High School
__ Physics, College-level, Introductory or Advanced High School __ Chemistry, College-level, Introductory or Advanced High School __ French, College-level, Introductory __ Chinese, College-level, Introductory __ English as a Second Language, College-level, Introductory
 
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative Courses (see http://www.cmu.edu/oli/  ):
__ Biology, College-level, Introductory
__ Causal Reasoning, College-level, Introductory __ Economics, College-level, Introductory __ Logic, College-level, Introductory __ Statistics, College-level, Introductory
 
__ I don't have a strong course interest __ Other: __________________
 
Online and email applications are encouraged. Please send applications to:
 
Jo Bodnar
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
3507 Newell-Simon Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
+1 (412) 268-6162
Email: [log in to unmask]
 
IMPORTANT DATES
The deadline for applications is April 29, 2005. Admission decisions will be made by May 9, 2005.
 
COSTS
There will be no charge for attending the summer school.  However, participants will be responsible for paying for their own travel, meals and lodging. Dorm rooms at the Carnegie Mellon University campus are available. Academic credit is not available, although participants will receive a certificate verifying their participation.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please address inquiries to Michael Bett, [log in to unmask]



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