Second Workshop on Intelligent Textbooks

The 21th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED’2020)

July 06, 2020


We are happy to announce that we will be organizing a full-day online workshop at AIED 2020.
Details on the workshop will be updated soon.
AIED 2020 will be held virtually between 6th and 10th of July 2020.

Workshop Description

Textbooks have evolved over the last several decades in many aspects. Most textbooks can be accessed online, many of them freely. They often come with libraries of supplementary educational resources or online educational services built on top of them. As a result of these enrichments, new research challenges and opportunities emerge that call for the application of AIED methods to enhance digital textbooks and learners’ interaction with them. Therefore, we ask: How to facilitate the access to textbooks and improve the reading process? What can be extracted from textbook content and data-mined from the logs of students interacting with it? This workshop seeks research contributions addressing these and other research questions related to the idea of intelligent textbooks. It aims at bringing together researchers working on different aspects of learning technologies to establish intelligent textbooks as a new, interdisciplinary research field.

Topics of Interest

The workshop themes include but are not limited to:
  • Modeling and representation of textbooks: examining the prerequisite and semantic structure of textbooks to enhance their readability;
  • Analysis and mining of textbook usage logs: analyzing the patterns of learners’ use of textbooks to obtain insights on learning and the pedagogical value of textbook content;
  • Generation, manipulation, and presentation: exploring and testing different formats and forms of textbook content to find the most effective means of presenting different knowledge;
  • Assessment and personalization: developing methods that can generate assessments and enhance textbooks with adaptive support to meet the needs of every learner using the textbook;
  • Knowledge visualization: augmenting textbooks with concept maps, open learner models and other knowledge-rich extensions;
  • Smart interactive content: extending online textbooks with various kinds of smart interactive Content to improve learning, engagement, learned modeling, and personalization;
  • Intelligent information retrieval and question-answering for digital textbooks;
  • Collaborative technologies: building and deploying social components of digital textbooks that enable learners to interact with not only content but other learners;
  • Content curation and enrichment: sorting through external resources on the web and finding the relevant resources to augment the textbook and provide additional information for learners.

Important Dates

Paper submission: June 5, 2020 June 12, 2020

Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2020 June 25, 2020

Final version of accepted papers: July 2, 2020 July 3, 2020

Submission Instructions

Workshop Organizers

Sergey Sosnovsky, Utrecht University

Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh

Richard G. Baraniuk, Rice University

Andrew S. Lan, University of Massachutsetts Amherst

Program Committee

Brendan Flanagan

Atsushi Shimada

Roger Nkambou

Vinay Chaudhri

Paulo Carvalho

Noboru Matsuda

Delmar Larsen

Cliff Shaffer

Elliot Robson

Erin Walker

Elena Glassman

Reva Freedman

Kobi Gal

José González-Brenes


Registration for the workshop is now open at the AIED'2020 Website.

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Date: Jul 6, 2020

Time: From 14:00 to 21:00 (Morroco Time)

14:00 Introduction (15 min)

14:15 Paper session 1: Textbook analysis and representation (65 min)

  • Isaac Alpizar-Chacon, Max van der Hart, Zef S. Wiersma, Lorenzo Theunissen, Sergey Sosnovsky. Transformation of PDF Textbooks into Interactive Educational Resources [paper] (25 min)
  • Jeffrey Matayoshi and Christopher Lechuga. Automated Matching of ITS Problems with Textbook Content [paper] (25 min)
  • Chiara Alzetta, Ilenia Galluccio, Frosina Koceva, Samuele Passalacqua, Ilaria Torre. Digging Into Prerequisite Annotation [paper] (15 min)

  • 15:20 Demo session 1 / Coffee break (40 min)

  • Transformation of PDF Textbooks into Interactive Educational Resources (Isaac Alpizar-Chacon) [demo]
  • An Alternative to Intelligent Textbooks with ALEKS (Christopher Lechuga, Jeffrey Matayoshi) [demo]
  • Veautiful, The Coding Escape, and Circuits Up - a demo of reactive client-side materials inspired by the Intelligent Book (William Billingsley) [demo]

  • 16:00 Paper session 2: Textbook analysis and enrichment (65 min)

  • Philip I. Pavlik Jr., Andrew M. Olney, Amanda Banker, Luke Eglington, and Jeffrey Yarbro. The Mobile Fact and Concept Textbook System (MoFaCTS) [paper] (25 min)
  • Behnam Rahdari, Peter Brusilovsky, Khushboo Thaker, and Jordan Barria-Pineda. Using Knowledge Graph for Explainable Recommendation of External Content in Electronic Textbooks [paper] (25 min)
  • Jiuning Zhong, Guangji Yuan, Jianwei Zhang and Mei-Hwa Chen. Using Digital Textbooks as Knowledge Base to Detect Student Idea Development in Collaborative Discourse [paper] (15 min) [presentation video]

  • 17:05 Demo session 2 (40 min)

  • Mobile Fact and Concept Textbook System Demo (Philip I. Pavlik Jr., Andrew M. Olney, Amanda Banker, Luke Eglington, and Jeffrey Yarbro) [demo]
  • Knowledge Building Data Analytic Center (Chun Yen Chang-Sundin, Jiuning Zhong, Jianwei Zhang, and Mei-Hwa Chen) [demo]
  • Textbook Open Knowledge Network (Vinay Chaudhri) [ demo / Short promotional video by OpenStax]

  • 17:45 Meal break

    18:45 Paper session 3: Textbook adaptation (75 min)

  • David Kim, Adam Winchell, Andrew Waters, Phillip Grimaldi, Richard Baraniuk and Michael Mozer. Inferring Student Comprehension from Highlighting Patterns in Digital Textbooks: An Exploration in an Authentic Learning Platform [paper] (25 min)
  • Joshua Fisher, Stephen Fancsali, Amy Lewis, Victoria Fisher, Robert Hausmann, Martina Pavelko, Sandy Bartle Finocchi and Steven Ritter. LiveHint: Intelligent Digital Support for Analog Learning Experiences [paper] (25 min)
  • Vidya Bommanapally, Mahadevan Subramaniam, Abhishek Parakh, Parvathi Chundi and Venkata Meghana Puppala. Learning Objects Based Adaptive Textbooks with Dynamic Traversal for Quantum Cryptography [paper] (25 min)

  • 20:00 Demo session 3 (40 min)

  • Carnegie Learning's LiveHint (Stephen Fancsali, Josh Fisher, and Jamie Sterling) [demo]
  • Modelbook: Supporting Modeling Pedagogy within a Cross-Platform Learning Environment (Ishrat Ahmed, Areej Mawasi, Ruth Wylie, Amanda Whitehurst, Erin Walker) [demo]
  • Personalized eBooks for Learning: Collaboration, Tracking, and Adaptation (Judy Katz, Elliot Robson) [demo]
  • A Visual Formal Languages and Automata Course (Mostafa Mohammed) [demo]

  • 20:40 Conclusion (20 min)