STTR Phase I: Academic Assessment within a Community of Evolving Learners

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637713
Agency Tracking Number: 0637713
Amount: $149,680.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: IT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
Children's Progress
108 West 39th Street, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, New York, NY, 10018
DUNS: 154161660
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Camacho
 Dr
 (212) 905-6266
 chrisc@childrensprogress.com
Business Contact
 Christopher Camacho
Title: PhD
Phone: (212) 905-6266
Email: chrisc@childrensprogress.com
Research Institution
 CUNY Brooklyn College
 Elizabeth I Sklar
 2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11210 1887
 (718) 951-5000
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project involves experiments in conducting learning and assessment processes in parallel, by using agent-based and machine learning techniques to achieve the following objectives: (1) to evolve curricular paths through a knowledge domain automatically, (2) to match human peer-learners for collaborative learning experiences, (3) to embody non-human (agent) peers for tutoring interactions, (4) to predict possible learning outcomes resulting from a range of interventions, and (5) to provide animated visualizations of learners as a means of data reporting. The resulting prototype system will demonstrate state-of-the-art in assessment technology and has the potential to change the face of assessment in schools across the country. As schools nationwide are confronted with increased testing due to 'No Child Left Behind' policies, the prototype developed by the proposed work could become an indispensable tool for use in any elementary school. If the research demonstrates, as predicted, that a parallel approach to learning and assessment can be effective, then state standardized tests could adapt this methodology. Students will not sacrifice regular in-class learning time for test-taking. In addition, the multi-user, distributed nature of the particular application described within the proposal has far-reaching implications, as students can interact with each other across the country, expanding their circle of learning peers not only beyond the walls of their own classrooms and schools, but beyond the borders of their own states.

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