AutoTutor – An extension to moodle to create
learning activities with “intelligent” automatic
                   correctio...
Overview of the talk


• The purpose of AutoTutor

• AutoTutor‘s parts

• An invitation to collaborate with us




       ...
Overview of the talk


• The purpose of AutoTutor

• AutoTutor‘s parts

• An invitation to collaborate with us




       ...
What is AutoTutor?



• AutoTutor is a web-based software that has been designed

   – to “easily” create (language) learn...
What does “feedback” mean?


Feedback means to:
• inform whether the answer is correct or not

• if it were incorrect:
   ...
What kind of feedback was AutoTutor designed for?



• Feedback on linguistic errors (focus on form)

• Feedback on conten...
What kind of linguistic errors?


Wrong tense/choice of word form



          What happened to Mintel’s sales during the ...
What kind of content errors?


Part of the answer is incorrect



           What measure have they taken to cope with the...
What kind of content errors?


Part of the answer is superfluous



          What measure have they taken to cope with th...
Overview of the talk


• The purpose of AutoTutor

• AutoTutor‘s parts

• An invitation to collaborate with us




       ...
What does AutoTutor consist of?



AutoTutor consists of three distinctive pieces of software:

    – A moodle extension t...
AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (I)


Fully integrated as a moodle activity




              MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2...
AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (II)


Keeping track of learner activity and teacher/peer inspection




             Feedbac...
AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (III)


An interface for the learner to access automatic feedback




                  Moodl...
AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (IV)


Two other samples of automatic feedback




                 MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Oct...
AutoTutor’s GUI for activity creation (I)


                     An interface to create activities as they will
          ...
AutoTutor’s GUI for activity creation (II)


• AutoTutor provides with a graphical interface to:

    – Create AutoTutor p...
AutoTutor’s generator of computational resources



Automatic Correction tools
• General spell and grammar checking feedba...
Exercise specific system-defined feedback means…


• Preposition wrong: I am interested at physics.

• Article missing: Jo...
System-defined content-checking feedback (I)


• Blocks are missing
    – Some crucial part of the solution is missing. Pl...
System-defined content-checking feedback (II)


• Words that are not part of any foreseen block
   – This part of the solu...
Overview of the talk


• The purpose of AutoTutor

• AutoTutor‘s parts

• An invitation to collaborate with us




       ...
Access free and granted for the life of the server


• Project’s site
  http://autolearn.barcelonamedia.org

• Moodle http...
Contact person: Martí Quixal
Email: marti.quixal@barcelonamedia.org

               MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
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Presentación de una extensión de moodle acompañada de una herramienta de edición que permite la creación de contenidos con corrección automática inteligente sin necesidad de ser un programador (tras haber aprendido cómo usarla)

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  1. 1. AutoTutor – An extension to moodle to create learning activities with “intelligent” automatic correction (http://autolearn.barcelonamedia.org) Martí Quixal Barcelona Media http://www.barcelonamedia.org MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  2. 2. Overview of the talk • The purpose of AutoTutor • AutoTutor‘s parts • An invitation to collaborate with us MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  3. 3. Overview of the talk • The purpose of AutoTutor • AutoTutor‘s parts • An invitation to collaborate with us MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  4. 4. What is AutoTutor? • AutoTutor is a web-based software that has been designed – to “easily” create (language) learning activities including intelligent automatic feedback without the need of being a programmer – to allow for a progressive fine-tuning and customization of feedback messages, reducing the hours devoted by teachers to repetitive easily predictable (language) errors MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  5. 5. What does “feedback” mean? Feedback means to: • inform whether the answer is correct or not • if it were incorrect: – where is the error found? (or where can the text be improved?) – what’s the reason that makes this an error? – how could you manage to repair it? • offering instructions to find a solution (book page, a fragment in a text or audio file, etc.) • offering a correction proposal (like in Word’s spell checker) … and being sure that the feedback message is appropriate MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  6. 6. What kind of feedback was AutoTutor designed for? • Feedback on linguistic errors (focus on form) • Feedback on content or communicative errors (focus on content) MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  7. 7. What kind of linguistic errors? Wrong tense/choice of word form What happened to Mintel’s sales during the last three months? The sales figures of Mintel grow. The sales figures of Mintel grew. Why don’t you use the past tense of the verb. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  8. 8. What kind of content errors? Part of the answer is incorrect What measure have they taken to cope with the increasing demand? The company has reduced its staff. The company has increased its staff. Well, that’s not quite the answer, in fact is right the opposite. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  9. 9. What kind of content errors? Part of the answer is superfluous What measure have they taken to cope with the increasing demand? The clever company has increased its staff and it’s raining in China. The company has increased its staff. Your answer contains the correct words and content, but check if the words marked in red are relevant. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  10. 10. Overview of the talk • The purpose of AutoTutor • AutoTutor‘s parts • An invitation to collaborate with us MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  11. 11. What does AutoTutor consist of? AutoTutor consists of three distinctive pieces of software: – A moodle extension that allows integrating teaching activities in with an access to NLP processing software. – A web-based graphical interface for teachers to author language learning activities. – A combination of algorithms that allow for the automatic creation of NLP resources given a specific exercise. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  12. 12. AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (I) Fully integrated as a moodle activity MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  13. 13. AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (II) Keeping track of learner activity and teacher/peer inspection Feedback to form Teacher comments Learner answer Feedback to content MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  14. 14. AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (III) An interface for the learner to access automatic feedback MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  15. 15. AutoTutor‘s moodle extension (IV) Two other samples of automatic feedback MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  16. 16. AutoTutor’s GUI for activity creation (I) An interface to create activities as they will be seen in moodle, as well as its evaluation and correction specifications (simplified, not trivial though). MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  17. 17. AutoTutor’s GUI for activity creation (II) • AutoTutor provides with a graphical interface to: – Create AutoTutor pages that will be used to connect to automatic correction tools from moodle – Define the specifications of how that exercise is to be corrected (which are the correct answers, and which are very common errors that deserve specific attention/feedback) – Allow for the generation of all the resources required for intelligent automatic correction/tutoring (without being a programmer!) MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  18. 18. AutoTutor’s generator of computational resources Automatic Correction tools • General spell and grammar checking feedback (pre-existing) • Exercise specific feedback – defined within the system using teacher input – defined by teacher (through interface) • Content-checking feedback (defined within the system using teacher input) MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  19. 19. Exercise specific system-defined feedback means… • Preposition wrong: I am interested at physics. • Article missing: John took [Ø] car. • Modal verb wrong: You may not cross the street at a red light. • Quantificational expression wrong: John has few/little friends. • Number wrong: The assignment lasts up to twenty two years. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  20. 20. System-defined content-checking feedback (I) • Blocks are missing – Some crucial part of the solution is missing. Please check! • Hagia Sophia is famous [Ø]. (for what?) • Blocks are in the wrong order – Check if the order of some information units is wrong. • Blocks do not fit together – Check if some information units do not fit together linguistically or in terms of contents. MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  21. 21. System-defined content-checking feedback (II) • Words that are not part of any foreseen block – This part of the solution does not correspond to any part of the possible solutions stored by the system. Please check! • Hagia Sophia is famous for its massive dome in Istanbul.* (* The question was formulated in a way that made it unnecessary) • ‘Something’ is wrong – This part of the solution contains some or all of the relevant keywords but something is missing or too much or some word form is wrong. Please check! MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  22. 22. Overview of the talk • The purpose of AutoTutor • AutoTutor‘s parts • An invitation to collaborate with us MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  23. 23. Access free and granted for the life of the server • Project’s site http://autolearn.barcelonamedia.org • Moodle http://parles.upf.edu/autolearn – Demo courses (for English): • http://parles.upf.edu/autolearn/course/category.php?id= 19 – Course on using AutoTutor: • Go to course “AUTOLEARN Istanbul Workshop” – Group I: aiwg12009 (enrolment key) MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009
  24. 24. Contact person: Martí Quixal Email: marti.quixal@barcelonamedia.org MoodleMoot Madrid 09, Octubre 2009

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