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Distinguished Lecture Series

January 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Tuesday, January 15, 2019:  4:30-5:30 pm Presentation and Q&A; 5:30-6 pm:  Networking/Light Refreshments
Distinguished Speaker:  Dr. Andreas Oranje, General Manager in Research at ETS in Princeton
Title: AI in Learning and Educational Assessment: What we already do, what we want, and what we shouldn’t be doing.

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence has been used in educational assessments since the mid-nineties for automated scoring of essays. Since then, automated speech, spoken dialogues, and content scoring have been added applying various forms of signal detection and machine learning. More recently, attention on AI in Education has migrated towards personalized learning and assessment. Unfortunately, the promise of big data and complex cognitive modeling leads to the overpromise of educational technology. At worst, individualized learning becomes isolated learning while big data turns out to be remarkably small in educational contexts. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the most noteworthy uses of AI in education so far, followed by a perspective on where this rapidly growing field could productively be going, and where it should certainly not go.

Bio: Dr. Andreas Oranje is a general manager in Research at ETS in Princeton. He joined ETS in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in psychology in 2001 and his masters of arts cum laude in psychological methods in 1998, both from the University of Amsterdam. At ETS, Andreas directs research centers focused on the development and validation of generalizable research capabilities and includes groups conducting research on automated scoring, machine learning, data sciences, natural language and speech processing, dialogic speech systems and multimodal assessments, cognitive science, and various assessment and assistive technologies. Andreas’ research interests include the design and analysis of digital performance assessments (including game-, scenario-, conversation-, and simulation based assessments). He frequently presents and discusses at educational assessment conferences, is reviewer for several psychometric journals, was an advisory editor of JEM (2007-2016), and is the 2019 program chair for AERA Division D.


January 15
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Analytics Institute at Harrisburg University


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