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Panel on ITS research in Asia

The time for the panel will be 6/28 (Wed) 13:30 - 14:30

Since the last decade, there has been an upsurge of research interest in digital technology support for learning. More and more researchers from different disciplines are getting involved in this area. In Asian countries, several groups of artificial intelligence researchers have been working or getting into this field, and publishing their work in various AI related journals and conferences. This panel will discuss various foci of ITS research in Asia. Comparing to the research of Europe and America, we are particularly interested in discovering to what extent the differences are due to the geographic region, culture, and educational systems. Furthermore, we shall explore possible ways of strengthening interactions of ITS research community in Asia.

Tsukasa Hirashima, Information Engineering, Japan
Tanja Mitrovic, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China

Timothy Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Panel moderator: Wen-Lian Hsu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan


IIntelligent Support for Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning Environments
The time for the panel will be 6/28 (Wed) 16:00 - 17:30

If we view Internet surged in last decade as a platform for supporting distributed information processing, then wireless, mobile, and ubiquitous technologies emerged in this decade are extending this platform for supporting distributed and mobile users and incorporation of contextual information related to their activities. How this extension of platform should be taken into account in our design repertoire of intelligent learning environments? Some researchers envision that given the inevitable growth of the population of mobile technology users, ultimately, in most parts of the world, every learner is affordable to learn with at least one portable and wireless enabled device. Actually in many modern cities, they have been already the case. Learning in such mobile and ubiquitous learning environment (MULEs) would mean that there will be a substantial change of ways how people learn. If we assume that there will be more and more successful stories about learning in MULEs, then we anticipate a coming wave of adoption of digital technologies in all levels of education, formal and informal. In other words, a large scaling up of ITS research and adoption will be within the realm of our future endeavor. This panel is to discuss this emerging issue on how intelligent support for MULEs would make a difference to learning, its implications to ITS research, as well as its research agenda.

Susan Bull, University of Birmingham, UK
Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
Jim Greer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Ulrich Hoppe, University of Duisburg, Germany
Kinshuk, Massey University, New Zealand
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Jean-Francois Nicaud, University of Grenoble, France

Panel Moderator: Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia


IIntelligent Tutoring Scales Up!
The time for the panel will be 6/30 (Fri) 13:30 - 14:30

The panel on “Intelligent Tutoring Scales Up!”, the theme of the ITS 2006 Conference, explores intelligent tutoring systems’ increasing real world impact on an increasingly global scale. ITS is scaling up in the sense of fielding new systems and curricula in real world settings and educational contexts, expanding the scale of evaluation studies, increasing the volume of student interaction data from which to learn, expanding and improving ITS/student communications, integrating Web resources and mobile technologies, and expanding its reach beyond tutoring in well-defined domains.

Panelists will each briefly identify a sense in which ITS is scaling up and discuss some scaling up issues that they and others in their
communities are grappling with in their research on and/or deployment of ITS methodologies.

Ubiquitous Technology-Enhanced Learning: Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
Large-scale integration in schools: Bev Woolf, University of Massachusetts, USA
Authoring Tools: Neil Heffernan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Data mining: Ryan Baker, University of Nottingham, UK
Ill-defined Domains: Niels Pinkwart, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Collaborative Inquiry: Andreas Harrer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Panel Moderator: Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA


Research Center for Science and Technology for Learning
National Central University