Third Workshop on Intelligent Textbooks (iTextbooks)

The 22th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED’2021)


June 15, 2021 (14:00 CEST)


We are happy to announce that we will be organizing a full-day online workshop at AIED 2021.

AIED 2021 will be held virtually between 14th and 18th of June 2021.

See here:

The webpages of the previous workshops of this series: 2019 | 2020

The program is available here

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: May 10, 2021

Notification of acceptance: May 25, 2021

Final version of accepted papers: June 05, 2021

Submission Instructions


Workshop Organizers

Sergey Sosnovsky, Utrecht University

Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh

Andrew S. Lan, University of Massachutsetts Amherst

Program Committee

Debshila Mallick OpenStax, Rice University

Paul Denny, The University of Auckland

Paulo Carvalho, Carnegie Mellon University

Reva Freedman, Northern Illinois University

Brendan Flanagan, Kyoto University

Atsushi Shimada, Kyushu University

Isaac Alpizar Chacon, Utrecht University

Ilaria Torre, University of Genoa

Julio Guerra, University of Pittsburgh

Andrew Olney, University of Memphis

Noboru Matsuda, North Carolina State University

Vinay Chaudhri, SRI International

Elena Glassman, Harvard University

Cliff Shaffer, Virginia Tech

Erin Walker, Arizona State University

Zichao Wang, Rice University

Roger Nkambou, Université du Québec à Montréal

Benjamin Paassen, Humboldt University of Berlin


Date: June 15, 2021

Time: slots are indicated in CEST (-8 AEST | -7 JST | -6 CST | +1 BST | +6 EDT | +7 CDT | +8 MDT | +9 PDT)

14:00 - 15:00 Paper session 1 | Chair: Sergey Sosnovsky

  • Introduction (10 min.)
  • Full Paper 11 (15+5 min.): Integrating Textbooks with Smart Interactive Content for Learning Programming [slides]
  • Short Paper 3 (10+5 min.): Dental TutorBot: Bringing Dental Textbooks to Life [slides]
  • Short Paper 12 (10+5 min.): e-Textbooks based on a Personal User Model for Learning (PUML) [video]

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Demo Break 1

  • Demo 16: Composing Learning Environments with e-Textbook System [demo video]
  • Demo 14: Increasing Student Interaction with an eTextbook using Programmed Instruction [demo video]

  • 15:30 - 16:30 Paper session 2 | Chair: Andrew S. Lan

  • Full Paper 10 (15+5 min.): Generation of Assessment Questions from Textbooks Enriched with Knowledge Models [slides]
  • Full Paper 06 (15+5 min.): Transforming Textbooks into Learning by Doing Environments: An Evaluation of Textbook-Based Automatic Question Generation [demo video] [slides]
  • Full Paper 09 (15+5 min.): Contextual Definition Generation [slides]

  • 16:30 - 17:00 Demo Break 2

  • Demo 13: The Simplest iTextbook for Cardiovascular Anatomy: A CRAM Minigame [demo video]
  • Demo 17: A Relationship Selection Task [demo video]

  • 17:00 - 18:00 Paper session 3 | Chair: Peter Brusilovsky

  • Full Paper 07 (15+5 min.): The Mobile Fact and Concept Textbook System (MoFaCTS) Computational Model and Scheduling System
  • Full Paper 08 (15+5 min.): Using Semantics of Textbook Highlights to Predict Student Comprehension and Knowledge Retention [slides]
  • Full Paper 02 (15+5 min.): Mathematical Formula Representationvia Tree Embeddings [slides]

  • 18:00 - 18:30 Discussion