Karlsruher Institut für Technologie



Toward Teaching Writing and Argumentation with AI-Supported Peer Review

Donnerstag, 03. Mai 2012, 16:00
HoC, Build. 30.96, Room 104
The Institute of Philosophy and the House of Competence invite to attend a talk Toward Teaching Writing and Argumentation with AI-Supported Peer Review by Prof. Kevin D. Ashley (University of Pittsburgh) Date: Thursday, 3 May 2012, 16h s.t. Venue: HoC, Build. 30.96, Room 104 Dr. Kevin Ashley holds interdisciplinary appointments as a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, a Professor of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1973, J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976, and Ph.D. in computer science in 1988 from the University of Massachusetts. For four years prior to his computer science graduate work, he was an associate attorney at White & Case, a large Wall Street law firm. Abstract The NSF-supported ArgumentPeer project at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) involves developing and evaluating the feasibility and promise of intelligent scaffolding of argument writing, diagramming, and peer review. The project focuses on authentic classroom settings in multiple domains addressing ill-defined problems, that is, problems presenting alternative reasonable answers that students should be able to explain, compare, evaluate, and justify. The project will apply AI technology across a two-phased instructional process of peerreviewed argument diagramming and writing. This talk will provide: (1) an overview of the ArgumentPeer project, focusing on how AI can improve the student peer reviewing and writing process; (2) some recent results applying Bayesian data analysis to model a computer-supported peer-review process and comparing two types of review criteria; and (3) a realistic plan for applying AI techniques to improve teaching in writing and argumentation. (Jun.-Prof. G. Betz)
Prof. Kevin D. Ashley

University of Pittsburgh
G. Walz
Institut für Philosophie
Tel: 608-42149
E-Mail:g walzRnl5∂kit edu