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SBIR Phase I:Scalable, on-demand, research-based, help-seeking innovation for learners in virtual and recorded training programs

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2151406
Agency Tracking Number: 2151406
Amount: $256,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: LC
Solicitation Number: NSF 21-562
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-01-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-12-31
Small Business Information
2019 Marra Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Deborah Samson
 (734) 834-5150
Business Contact
 Deborah Samson
Phone: (734) 834-5150
Research Institution

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to develop a scalable, on-demand, research-based innovation for learners in virtual and recorded training programs. Research has shown that underrepresented populations arrive at an undergraduate institution less likely to have the advanced study skills or confident awareness to seek assistance when faced with uncertainty in the classroom. This project provides on-demand responses to in-lesson queries and helps develop deep study skills. Additionally, for the students who arrive at college without sufficient familial or academic support, the proposed product becomes a resource to participate successfully in an undergraduate environment. _x000D_
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will build an engine that automatically identifies the discipline of a course based on the extracted words and phrases spoken or visually presented in class, and then will identify terms important to the learning objectives of the course, garnered via categorical arrays of discipline specific keywords. Automatic creation of personalized study guides is initiated based on the learners' individual queries or class discussions. This innovation is applicable to the remote learning industries, where it may increase the value of their customers’ online content and enable teaching professionals to strive for higher levels of equity in the student population._x000D_
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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