1. Ronald Cole
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Cole2
  3. President & Principal Scientist
  5. Boulder Learning Inc, Boulder Learning Inc
  1. Nicholas Knight
  2. Chief Operating Officer
  4. Boulder Learning Inc, Boulder Learning Inc
  1. Wayne Ward
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wayne_Ward
  3. Chief Financial Officer & Principal Scientist; Research Professor
  5. Boulder Learning Inc, Boulder Learning Inc, University of Colorado Boulder

My Science Tutor (MyST)

NSF Awards: 0733323

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

With support from an NSF DRK-12 grant, Boulder Learning developed My Science Tutor, an intelligent tutoring system in which 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students explained science in illustrations, animations or interactive simulations to a virtual science tutor. Students engaged in one-on-one spoken dialogs with the virtual tutor, or discussed their explanations with each other in small groups before one of the students answered the tutor’s question. Students in both one-on-one and small group tutoring conditions achieved learning gains equivalent to students who received human tutoring, with no significant differences among the two groups, with average learning gains equivalent to about half a letter grade improvement relative to students in control classrooms. To our knowledge, My Science Tutor is the only intelligent tutoring system in existence that supports natural spoken dialogs with a virtual tutor. To date, 1800 students have each had ~3 hours of dialogs with Marni in 8 areas of science.

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