The annual ACT Education Technology and Computational Psychometrics Symposium, hosted by ACTNext, brings industry leaders across multiple disciplines together for two days of challenging assumptions, exploring research insights, and experiencing the bleeding-edge technologies shaping the future of learning, measurement and navigation.
In conjunction with ETCPS '19, ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and ACTNext have co-organized a pre-conference panel and round table discussion, free and open to the public. Geared toward educators, topics will focus on bridging the gap in the digital divide, both in the classroom and in education policy.
ETCPS 2019 will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at the Iowa River Landing. We've secured a block or rooms with a discounted rate, but space is limited, so please book your room soon. Full details are available via the registration portal.
Come explore how emerging research and technologies are breaking down barriers in education and assessment - network with experts and decision makers - and have impact on the issues and challenges you care about. Lend your voice to the conversation and join us for ETCPS 2019!
1 : 00 PM - 5 : 00 PM
1 : 00 PM - 1 : 15 PM
Opening Remarks Delivered by ACT CEO Marten Roorda.
1 : 10 PM - 1 : 55 PM
Context matters. Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed an explosion of technology and data applied to both formal and informal learning. We’ve also more rigorously assessed our understanding of how students learn, including the factors that shape their ability to learn. Before diving into the complexities of research and the opportunities created by using the latest technology to advance learning, let’s ground ourselves in the experiences of our contemporary education experience. This talk will give an overview of salient trends in formal education and learning, the experience of educators and how education technology both fits -- and at times, does not fit -- into the work of students and learners. We’ll explore both the need for measures of efficacy in edtech products -- and what it will take to give educators the confidence and encouragement they need to use the evolving measures.
2 : 00 PM - 2 : 30 PM
Saad Khan, Director of the ACTNext AI/ML group, discusses gamification and the development of the collaborative problem solving assessment, Crisis In Space.
2 : 30 PM - 2 : 50 PM
2 : 55 PM - 3 : 25 PM
3 : 30 PM - 4 : 15 PM
In this talk I will discuss how models with discrete and continuous latent variables provide a general and flexible framework for modelling populations that consists of multiple groups but also detecting outliers and cheating. Responses are usually test outcomes or answers to questionnaire items and can be of any type such as categorical, continuous or mixed. Similarly latent variables that explain the inter-relationships among the observed variables can be either continuous or discrete. In the hybrid case a combination of continuous and discrete latent variables can accommodate flexible distributions for the latent variables (e.g. mixtures of normals), model zero-inflated data through a degenerate class, detect alternative response strategies and detect cheating behaviour and compromised items. The methods will be illustrated using data from education and social surveys.
4 : 20 PM - 4 : 50 PM
8 : 45 AM - 4 : 15 PM
8 : 45 AM - 8 : 55 AM
Day Two Opening Remarks Delivered by ACT Senior Vice President and Head of ACTNext, Alina von Davier.
9 : 00 AM - 9 : 45 AM
9 : 50 AM - 10 : 20 AM
Steve Polyak, Senior Director of the ACTNext Innovation Development group discusses development of the RAD api.
10 : 20 AM - 10 : 40 AM
10 : 45 AM - 11 : 30 AM
Conversation is at the core of education, training, and workplace. Conversational assessments involve open-response questions, constructed response answers, and instant formative feedback - all expressed in natural language. It supports Benjamin Bloom’s seminal work on mastery learning and allows the measurement of active knowledge recall, critical thinking, and problem solving - skills that are important for succeeding in the 21st century work environment. Virtual Learning Assistant(VLA) is a new genre of AI based EdTech that supports the scalable implementation of conversational assessments and tutoring. VLA can improve students’ learning outcomes, teachers’ productivity, and schools’ scalability of high quality education. This session will introduce the pedagogy of conversational assessments along with the challenges, solutions, and efficacy studies, and a discussion on the future of educational assessments.
By Dee Kanejiya
11 : 35 AM - 12 : 05 PM
12 : 05 PM - 1 : 15 PM
1 : 20 PM - 2 : 05 PM
2 : 05 PM - 2 : 25 PM
2 : 30 PM - 3 : 15 PM
3 : 20 PM - 4 : 05 PM
4 : 05 PM - 4 : 15 PM
Wrap-up delivered by ACTNext Senior Director, Ada Woo
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