Language Technologies for Education

Cycle Talk: Dialogue Technology To Support Simulation-Based Learning

To encourage productive patterns of collaborative discourse, we are using language technologies to develop an infrastructure for scaffolding the interactions between students in computer-supported collaborative learning environments to help coordinate their communication and to encourage deep thinking and reflection. An important part of this work is dialogue technology capable of interacting with groups of humans that is designed to draw out reflection and engage students in directed lines of reasoning. This work builds on previous results demonstrating the effectiveness of these tutorial dialogue agents to support individuals learning alone in this domain.