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Abstract Title: Experimental methods for studying student Metacognition and Affect
Abstract: This workshop will focus on the use of intelligent tutor systems in a classroom setting to study student meta-cognition and affect. We have been using a tutoring system to study gaming behavior (that is, attempting to succeed in a learning environment by exploiting properties of the system rather than by learning the material) as students work on introductory physics homework problems.  Gaming behavior can be explained by either student affect (e.g., frustration or lack of motivation) or meta-cognition (e.g., "reading hints won't help me learn").

Join us as we: 1) survey research methodologies for studying affect and meta-cognition, listing their strengths and weaknesses; 2) present some relevant studies of meta-cognition and affect using intelligent tutor systems as an experimental probe; 3) conduct a hands-on introduction of the new version of our physics tutoring system, Andes, that allows natural language conversation through chat; and, 4) brainstorm possibilities for future studies.
Abstract Type: Workshop

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Primary Contact: Brett van de Sande
Arizona State University