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July 29, 2008

Lester Garners Award to Model Student Affects in Game-based Learning Environments

Dr. James Lester, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $448,422 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund his proposal titled “HCC-Small:Modeling Student Affect in Game-Based Learning Environments.”

The award will run from August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2011.

Abstract - It has long been recognized that affect is central to cognition and learning. Affect plays a particularly important role in the rich interactions offered by game-based learning environments. Devising computational models of affect recognition and affect expression could significantly increase the efficacy of interactive learning environments. In this project, we propose an inductive approach to affect modeling that induces models of affect recognition and affect expression from students' physiological signals and from event streams generated by game-based learning environments. The resulting models will be empirically evaluated with respect to their accuracy, efficiency, and contribution to student learning gains and motivation.

For more information about Dr. Lester, click here.

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