- HLAEmotional Learning AnalyticsD’Mello, Sidney K., and Jensen, Emily2022
This chapter discusses the ubiquity and importance of emotion to learning. It argues substantial progress can be made by coupling discovery-oriented, data-driven, analytic methods of learning analytics and educational data mining with theoretical advances and methodologies from the affective and learning sciences. Core, emerging, and future themes of research at the intersection of these areas are discussed.
- LAKA novel video recommendation system for algebra : An effectiveness evaluation studyLeite, Walter L., Roy, Samrat, Chakraborty, Nilanjana, Michailidis, George, Huggins-Manley, A. Corinne, D’Mello, Sidney K., Faradonbeh, Mohammad Kazem Shirani, Jensen, Emily, Kuang, Huan, and Jing, ZeyuanIn LAK22: 12th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK22) 2022
This study presents a novel video recommendation system for an algebra virtual learning environment (VLE) that leverages ideas and methods from engagement measurement, item response theory, and reinforcement learning. Following Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) theory, but considering low affect and high affect students separately, we developed a system of five categories of video recommendations: 1) Watch new video; 2) Review current topic video with a new tutor; 3) Review segment of current video with current tutor; 4) Review segment of current video with a new tutor; 5) Watch next video in curriculum sequence. The category of recommendation was determined by student scores on a quiz and a sensor-free engagement detection model. New video recommenda- tions (i.e., category 1) were selected based on a novel reinforcement learning algorithm that takes input from an item response the- ory model. The recommendation system was evaluated in a large field experiment, both before and after school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results show evidence of effectiveness of the video recommendation algorithm during the period of normal school operations, but the effect disappears after school closures. Implications for teacher orchestration of technology for normal classroom use and periods of school closure are discussed.
- ITSCMathematical Models of Human Drivers Using Artificial Risk FieldsJensen, Emily, Luster, Maya, Yoon, Hansol, Pitts, Brandon, and Sankaranarayanan, SriramIn Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference Oct 2022
In this paper, we use the concept of artificial risk fields to predict how human operators control a vehicle in response to upcoming road situations. A risk field assigns a non-negative risk measure to the state of the system in order to model how close that state is to violating a safety property, such as hitting an obstacle or exiting the road. Using risk fields, we construct a stochastic model of the operator that maps from states to likely actions. We demonstrate our approach on a driving task wherein human subjects are asked to drive a car inside a realistic driving simulator while avoiding obstacles placed on the road. We show that the most likely risk field given the driving data is obtained by solving a convex optimization problem. Next, we apply the inferred risk fields to generate distinct driving behaviors while comparing predicted trajectories against ground truth measurements. We observe that the risk fields are excellent at predicting future trajectory distributions with high prediction accuracy for up to twenty seconds prediction horizons. At the same time, we observe some challenges such as the inability to account for how drivers choose to accelerate/decelerate based on the road conditions.
- CPHSUsing Artificial Potential Fields To Model Driver Situational AwarenessJensen, Emily, Luster, Maya, Pitts, Brandon, and Sankaranarayanan, SriramIn 4th IFAC Workshop on Cyber-Physical Human-Systems Dec 2022
Recently, the use of artificial potential fields, known as risk fields, has been proposed for modeling human driver decision making. Such potential fields map from vehicle states and control inputs to a numerical risk measure such that the probability of choosing a control decreases as the risk associated increases. In this paper, we show that such a model can be used in a natural manner to also capture aspects of the driver’s situational awareness, assuming that the risk fields govern their underlying behavior. We demonstrate our ideas on a specific obstacle avoidance scenario wherein obstacles to be avoided are placed in front of a driver at predicable intervals. Using data collected on a pilot experiment involving six different drivers using a high-fidelity driving simulator, we demonstrate the ability of our approach to capture the likelihood that the driver has perceived/reacted to the obstacle. Our approach works for scenarios when the driver collides with the obstacle as well as scenarios involving successful collision avoidance.
- LAKWhat You Do Predicts How You Do: Prospectively Modeling Student Quiz Performance Using Activity Features in an Online Learning EnvironmentJensen, Emily, Hunkins, Nicholas C., D’Mello, Sidney K., Hutt, Stephen, and Huggins-Manley, A. CorinneIn LAK21: 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK21) Dec 2021
Students using online learning environments need to effectively self-regulate their learning. However, with an absence of teacher- provided structure, students often resort to less effective, passive learning strategies versus constructive ones. We consider the po- tential benefits of interventions that promote retrieval practice – retrieving learned content from memory – which is an effective strategy for learning and retention. The goal is to nudge students towards completing short, formative quizzes when they are likely to succeed on those assessments. Towards this goal, we developed a machine-learning model using data from 32,685 students who used an online mathematics platform over an entire school year to prospectively predict scores on three-item assessments (N = 210,020) from interaction patterns up to 9 minutes before the as- sessment as well as Item Response Theory (IRT) estimates of stu- dent ability and quiz difficulty. These models achieved a student- independent correlation of0.55 between predicted and actual scores on the assessments and outperformed IRT-only predictions (r = 0.34). Model performance was largely independent of the length of the analyzed window preceding a quiz. We discuss potential for future applications of the models to trigger dynamic interven- tions that aim to encourage students to engage with formative assessments rather than more passive learning strategies.
- LAKA Deep Transfer Learning Approach to Modeling Teacher Discourse in the ClassroomJensen, Emily, Pugh, Samuel L., and D’Mello, Sidney K.In LAK21: 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK21) Dec 2021
Teachers, like everyone else, need objective reliable feedback in order to improve their effectiveness. However, developing a system for automated teacher feedback entails many decisions regarding data collection procedures, automated analysis, and presentation of feedback for reflection. We address the latter two questions by comparing two different machine learning approaches to au- tomatically model seven features of teacher discourse (e.g., use of questions, elaborated evaluations). We compared a traditional open- vocabulary approach using n-grams and Random Forest classifiers with a state-of-the-art deep transfer learning approach for natural language processing (BERT). We found a tradeoff between data quantity and accuracy, where deep models had an advantage on larger datasets, but not for smaller datasets, particularly for vari- ables with low incidence rates. We also compared the models based on the level of feedback granularity: utterance-level (e.g., whether an utterance is a question or a statement), class session-level propor- tions by averaging across utterances (e.g., question incidence score of48%), and session-level ordinal feedback based on pre-determined thresholds (e.g., question asking score is medium [vs. low or high]) and found that BERT generally provided more accurate feedback at all levels of granularity. Thus, BERT appears to be the most viable approach to providing automatic feedback on teacher discourse provided there is sufficient data to fine tune the model.
- CHIToward Automated Feedback on Teacher Discourse to Enhance Teacher LearningJensen, Emily, Dale, Meghan, Donnelly, Patrick J., Stone, Cathlyn, Kelly, Sean, Godley, Amanda, and D’Mello, Sidney K.In 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2020) Dec 2020
Like anyone, teachers need feedback to improve. Due to the high cost of human classroom observation, teachers receive infrequent feedback which is often more focused on evaluating performance than on improving practice. To address this critical barrier to teacher learning, we aim to provide teachers with detailed and actionable automated feedback. Towards this end, we developed an approach that enables teachers to easily record high-quality audio from their classes. Using this approach, teachers recorded 142 classroom sessions, of which 127 (89%) were usable. Next, we used speech recognition and machine learning to develop teacher-generalizable computer-scored estimates of key dimensions of teacher discourse. We found that automated models were moderately accurate when compared to human coders and that speech recognition errors did not influence performance. We conclude that authentic teacher discourse can be recorded and analyzed for automatic feedback. Our next step is to incorporate the automatic models into an interactive visualization tool that will provide teachers with objective feedback on the quality of their discourse.
- EDMGeneralizability of Sensor-Free Affect Detection Models in a Longitudinal Dataset of Tens of Thousands of StudentsJensen, Emily, Hutt, Stephen, and D’Mello, Sidney K.In The 12th International Conference on Educational Data Mining Dec 2019
Recent work in predictive modeling has called for increased scrutiny of how models generalize between different populations within the training data. Using interaction data from 69,174 students who used an online mathematics platform over an entire school year, we trained a sensor-free affect detection model and studied its generalizability to clusters of students based on typical platform use and demographic features. We show that models trained on one group perform similarly well when tested on the other groups, although there was a small advantage obtained by training individual subpopulation models compared to a general (all-population) model. Lastly, we perform a series of simulations to show how generalizability is affected by sample size. These results agree with our initial analysis that individual subpopulation models yield a small advantage over all-population models. Additionally, we show that training sizes smaller than 1,500 yield unstable models which make generalizability difficult to interpret. We discuss applications of this work in the context of developing large-scale affect detection models for diverse populations.
- JRCClassification of Rail Switch Data Using Machine Learning TechniquesBryan, Kaylen J, Solomon, Mitchell, Jensen, Emily, Coley, Christina, Rajan, Kailas, Tian, Charlie, Mijatovic, Nenad, Kiss, James M, Lamoureux, Benjamin, Dersin, Pierre, Smith, Anthony O, and Peter, Adrian MIn Proceedings of the 2018 Joint Rail Conference Dec 2018
Rail switches are critical infrastructure components of a railroad network, that must maintain high-levels of reliable operation. Given the vast number and variety of switches that can exist across a rail network, there is an immediate need for robust automated methods of detecting switch degradations and failures without expensive add-on equipment. In this work, we explore two recent machine learning frameworks for classifying various switch degradation indicators: (1) a featureless recurrent neu-ral network called a Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) architecture , and (2), the Deep Wavelet Scattering Transform (DWST), which produces features that are locally time invariant and stable to time-warping deformations. We describe both methods as they apply to rail switch monitoring and demonstrate their feasibility on a dataset captured under the service conditions by Al-stom Corporation. For multiple categories of degradation types, the baseline models consistently achieve near-perfect accuracies and are competitive with the manual analysis conducted by human switch-maintenance experts.