Determining Students' Academic Engagement while Completing Learning Activities and Assessments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: edIES17C0046
Agency Tracking Number: edIES17C0046
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: edIES15R0005
Solicitation Number: edIES17R0005
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-01
Small Business Information
1037 S Fort Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY, 41075
DUNS: 967553566
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ted Carmichael
 (202) 245-7550
 ted@tutorgen.com
Business Contact
 Mary Jean Blink
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Email: blink@tutorgen.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of D-TECH, a system to determine students' level of academic engagement while completing computer-based learning activities and assessments. The prototype will integrate within existing third party computer-based programs (e.g., online courseware, educational games, simulations, intelligent tutors) and will consist of a behind-the-scenes machine algorithm that mines and analyzes student log data. The prototype will also include a dashboard that provides reports to teachers with information on whether students are attentive or distracted while completing learning activities or assessments. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 30 middle school students using a predetermined automated math tutor, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether the models accurately detect students' level of academic achievement, and whether teachers believe the information could be used to support struggling students.

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