|7:25-7:30||5 min||Welcome and introduction||Organizers|
|7:30-8:00||30 min||Discovering and removing barriers to learning||Ken Koedinger (CMU)||[pdf]|
|8:00-8:30||30 min||Demographics and learner behavior in MITx and HarvardX MOOCs||Daniel Seaton (MIT, EdX)||[pdf]|
|8:30-9:00||30 min||Personalized Learning and Temporal Modeling at Khan Academy||Jascha Sohl-Dickstein (Stanford, Khan Academy)||[pdf]|
|9:00-9:30||30 min||Coffee Break|
|9:30-10:30||1 hr||Poster Spotlights|
|10:30-3:30||- Ski break and lunch -|
|3:00-3:30||30 min||Creating Infinitely Adaptable Courseware||Zoran Popovic (UW)|
|3:30-4:00||30 min||What I've Learned about Learning||Peter Norvig (Google)||[pdf]|
|4:00-4:30||30 min||Opportunities and Challenges for Education Research on Coursera||Andrew Maas (Stanford/Coursera)||[pdf]|
|4:30-5:30||1 hr||Coffee break and Poster Session|
|5:30-6:15||1 hr||Data Panel||Invited panelists|
Given the incredible technological leaps that have changed so many aspects of our lives in the last hundred years, it's surprising that our approach to education today is much the same as it was a century ago. While successful educational technologies have been developed and deployed in some areas, we have yet to see a widespread disruption in teaching methods at the primary, secondary, or post-secondary levels. However, as more and more people gain access to broadband internet, and new technology-based learning opportunities are introduced, we may be witnessing the beginnings of a revolution in educational methods. In the realm of higher education, rising college tuition accompanied with cuts in funding to schools and an ever increasing world population that desires high-quality education at low cost has spurred the need to use technology to transform how we deliver education.
With these technology-based learning opportunities, the rate at which educational data is being collected has also exploded in recent years as an increasing number of students have turned to online resources, both at traditional universities as well as massively open-access online courses (MOOCs) for formal or informal learning. This change raises exciting challenges and possibilities particularly for the machine learning and data sciences communities.
These trends and changes are the inspiration for this workshop, and our first goal is to highlight some of the exciting and impactful ways that our community can bring tools from machine learning to bear on educational technology. Some examples include (but are not limited to) the following:
The second goal of the workshop is to accelerate the progress of research in these areas by addressing the challenges of data availability. At the moment, there are several barriers to entry including the lack of open and accessible datasets as well as unstandardized formats for such datasets. We hope that by (1) surveying a number of the publicly available datasets, and (2) proposing ways to distribute other datasets such as MOOC data in a spirited panel discussion we can make real progress on this issue as a community, thus lowering the barrier for researchers aspiring to make a big impact in this important area.
Call for papers
Submissions should follow the NIPS format and are encouraged to be up to six pages. Papers submitted for review do not need to be anonymized. There will be no official proceedings, but the accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website. Accepted papers will be either presented (both) as a poster and a short spotlight presentation. We welcome submissions on novel research work as well as extended abstracts on work recently published or under review in another conference or journal (please state the venue of publication in the latter case); we encourage submission of visionary position papers on the emerging trends in data driven education.
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