Cathode Ray Screen Display Included In Examining Means Patents (Class 434/323)
  • Patent number: 9754460
    Abstract: A game machine includes: game medium release means that releases a plurality of game media to a determination area included in a game space based on an operation input from operation section; detection means that detects the occurrence or non-occurrence of a predetermined event at a plurality of determination points provided in the determination area, the predetermined event occurring due to a released game medium among the plurality of game media; and determination means that performs a win determination process based on the occurrence or non-occurrence of the predetermined event at the plurality of determination points provided in the determination area, the determination means determining that the player has won the game when a plurality of determination points among the plurality of determination points at which the predetermined event has occurred satisfy a winning condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sato, Tetsuo Tokitou, Akihiko Tokue
  • Patent number: 9711057
    Abstract: A question setting apparatus is disclosed, including a processor and a storage part. The storage stores problem information which maintains problem data including a problem and a correct answer of the problem included in a test sent to students, and student answer information which maintains answer data and a correct/incorrect answer determination result for each of the students. The processor processes test operations of referring to the problem information, sending the problem data to the student terminals, receiving the answer data from the student terminals in a given time for the test, and recording the answer data in the student answer information. The processor processes a progress display. A progress state is displayed in the given time and indicates an answer state of the problem data based on the correct/incorrect answer determination result. A display instruction is sent to the student terminals to stop the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hidehiko Mayumi, Toshio Tanaka, Takeaki Kobayashi, Masahiro Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9679259
    Abstract: A matching or pairing system and method for matching first and second entities having a greater likelihood of forming a successful pairing includes a trained machine learning system to provide heuristic values useful in determining a compatibility score for the pairing. During training of the machine learning system, a training example selection device can provide attribute values logically associated with entities engaged in historically successful pairings and a number of hypothetically successful pairings. The hypothetically successful pairings may be based at least in part on historically successful pairings where at least one attribute value logically associated with at least one entity in the pairing is varied, adjusted, or subjected to a loosened constraint. During run-time operation a screening device can screen unsuccessful pairings and forward potentially successful pairings that meet a threshold value to the neural network. The system can then determine a compatibility score for the pairing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PLENTYOFFISH MEDIA ULC
    Inventors: Markus Frind, Sa Li, Steve Oldridge
  • Patent number: 9662586
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to altering a probability of fulfilling a game objective in a game space. The game objective may be associated with a set of potential reward items, the set of potential reward items including a first item. Probabilities of the first item from the set of potential reward items being provided to individual users as a reward for completing the game objective may be determined based on the rates of usage of the game space by the user. The probability of the first user being provided with the first item as a reward for completing the game objective may be determined based on the rate of usage of the game space by the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Curtis, James Koh, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 9582980
    Abstract: An approach for providing intentional monitoring is provided. An alarm can be predefined with any number of metrics or thresholds for monitoring an electronic service. The predefined metrics and/or thresholds can be combined with one or more input variables selected by a customer or with one or more signals received from a network component. The alarm can be implemented using the predefined metrics, thresholds, and the one or more customer selected input variables or signals from the network component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Alexander G. Tilles
  • Patent number: 9529858
    Abstract: A method includes accessing a number of cards from a database. The cards are ranked in the database based on a test conducted on a number of users. The cards are associated with one or more rule states. The one or more rule states provide binary outcomes of one or more rules. Each rule is identified using a code. The test is conducted by presenting different random sequences of the cards to different users and receiving inputs from the number of users. The method further includes receiving a request for a presentation area from a client device operated by a user. The presentation area is used for displaying the number of cards in an order, which is determined based on the test. The method includes providing the number of cards for display in the order within the presentation area on the client device of the user in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Asad Sheth, Ferras Hamad
  • Patent number: 9489851
    Abstract: Embodiments in accordance with the invention provide a Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Information Management and Trend Analysis (IMTA) system for electronically capturing landing performance data related to aircraft approaches and landings in an IMTA application residing on a portable electronic device (PED) and for automatically generating performance data and trend analysis of the data. In one embodiment, data is input by user, such as an LSO, to one or more context sensitive graphical user interfaces displayed on a touch screen PED. Data entered to and generated by the IMTA application can be further communicated to and updated by external computer systems and appended with additional data and/or video available from external computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael Gregory Ross, Michael E. McCauley, Neil Charles Rowe, Mathias Kolsch, Arijit Das, Terry D. Norbraten
  • Patent number: 9483774
    Abstract: Embodiments introduced describe single-action surveys, wherein a survey requires a single action only, such as a click on a mouse, a touch, tap, or stroke on a touch screen. Each single action means selecting one specific survey answer and a survey session may end after a single action is taken. In addition, a survey may end automatically within a substantially short period of time in the absence of any action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Chian Chiu Li
  • Patent number: 9471286
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing code completion features for code modules that have been incorporated into a source code document being edited by a user of a source code editor. Embodiment dynamically load and apply partial code evaluation to code modules referenced in the source code document (and any code modules referenced directly or indirectly by such code modules) while the user is editing it. The partial code evaluation is performed on a background thread that is separate from a main thread used to execute the user interface for the source code editor. The results of such partial code evaluation are cached and used to provide code completion information for the code modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Wai Man Yuen, Vishal R. Joshi, Justin Beckwith, Mikhail Arkhipov
  • Patent number: 9471899
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to deliver to a community of users an email with a widget including a graphical user interface that solicits input. Solicited input is collected from the community of users via the widget. The email is revised to dynamically display at least a portion of the solicited input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Groupery, Inc.
    Inventors: David Beyer, Thane Frivold, Darren Lancaster
  • Patent number: 9471667
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scoring a response to a character-by-character highlighting task. A similarity value for the response is calculated by comparing the response to one or more correct responses to the task to determine the similarity or dissimilarity of the response to the one or more correct responses to the task. A threshold similarity value is calculated for the task, where the threshold similarity value is indicative of an amount of similarity or dissimilarity to the one or more correct responses required for the response to be scored at a certain level. The similarity value for the response is compared to the threshold similarity value. A score is assigned at, above, or below the certain level based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamamoto, Jana Sukkarieh, Matthias Von Davier
  • Patent number: 9430952
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for determining comprehensiveness of a question paper given a syllabus of topics. An answer and evidence generator of a question answering system executing on the data processing system finds one or more answers based on the syllabus of topics for each question in the question paper. The answer and evidence generator identifies evidence for the one or more answers in the syllabus for each question in the question paper. A concept identifier of the question answering system identifies a set of concepts in the syllabus corresponding to the evidence for each question in the question paper to form a plurality of sets of concepts. The mechanism determines a value for a comprehensiveness metric for the question paper with respect to the syllabus of topics based on the plurality of sets of concepts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amit P. Bohra, Krishna Kummamuru, Swapnasarit Sahu, Abhishek Shivkumar
  • Patent number: 9425990
    Abstract: A message data acquisition unit acquires message data including a message and additional information. An event ID acquisition unit acquires, when a condition fulfillment detection unit determines that a condition is fulfilled, condition identification information identifying the fulfilled playing condition in the game. A display information generation unit displays a message in the message data including the additional information corresponding to the acquired condition identification information, in a game screen displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaharu Sakai
  • Patent number: 9418566
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for determining comprehensiveness of a question paper given a syllabus of topics. An answer and evidence generator of a question answering system executing on the data processing system finds one or more answers based on the syllabus of topics for each question in the question paper. The answer and evidence generator identifies evidence for the one or more answers in the syllabus for each question in the question paper. A concept identifier of the question answering system identifies a set of concepts in the syllabus corresponding to the evidence for each question in the question paper to form a plurality of sets of concepts. The mechanism determines a value for a comprehensiveness metric for the question paper with respect to the syllabus of topics based on the plurality of sets of concepts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amit P. Bohra, Krishna Kummamuru, Swapnasarit Sahu, Abhishek Shivkumar
  • Patent number: 9399111
    Abstract: A system and method for encouraging emotional behavior therapy. The method includes the steps of identifying a particular emotional behavior therapy prescription regimen to performed by a user, determining one or more procedures for administering such emotional behavior therapy prescription regimen and identifying one or more video activity sequences associated with such procedures. On a display one or more instruction prompts associated with the emotional behavior therapy administration are provided, and video activity sequences of actual administration following the one or more instruction prompts are captured by a video capture device. The captured video activity sequences are stored to a non-transitory computer readable storage medium and are compared the identified video activity sequences by a computer processor to determine differences therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Hanina
  • Patent number: 9374660
    Abstract: An approach for providing intentional monitoring is provided. An alarm can be predefined with any number of metrics or thresholds for monitoring an electronic service. The predefined metrics and/or thresholds can be combined with one or more input variables selected by a customer or with one or more signals received from a network component. The alarm can be implemented using the predefined metrics, thresholds, and the one or more customer selected input variables or signals from the network component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander G. Tilles
  • Patent number: 9330371
    Abstract: In the method of processing documents relating to shipped articles, automatic means execute the following steps: performing character recognition in at least one document made available by a carrier of the articles; obtaining at least one article reference made up of characters; obtaining at least one character string associated with the reference and distinct therefrom; calculating respective match percentages between the string and templates in a database; determining whether at least one of the percentages satisfies at least one predetermined condition; and when the condition is satisfied, associating the article reference with a template of the database relating to said percentage, and executing an action concerning the article reference by means of the associated template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ITINSELL
    Inventors: Loic Licata, Florian P. Cimetiere, Sylvain N. Valette, Julien Fiette
  • Patent number: 9318004
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a gaming device such as a slot machine calculates a speed of game play, and in turn determines a pay schedule based on the speed of game play. In some embodiments, a count is adjusted throughout a multiple play session based on point values associated with symbols on the reels of a slot machine, and payouts are awarded in accordance with (i) a finishing count, and/or (ii) a “virtual average speed”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 9286611
    Abstract: A computer implemented method providing a sequence of multimedia files in a map topology includes layers and sub-layers to enable a user to navigate and play a particular multimedia file that demonstrates a feature of a product. Each layer and sub-layer corresponds to a multimedia file that demonstrates a feature of a product. The sequence of multimedia files are stored in an application server (104). The method includes processing a selection of a layer from the user based on a preview of the layer that includes a first reveal branches field, a first hide branches field, and a first play field, displaying at least one branch of a sub-layer of said layer when the reveal branches field is selected, and playing the particular multimedia file corresponding to any of the layer, the sub-layer, or any further sublayer of the sub-layer when a play field is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Sarkar Subhanjan
  • Patent number: 9237123
    Abstract: A question is received on a first social network site from a first user. The question is sent to a second user of a second social network site who receives the question from the second social network site. The first social network site receives an answer to the question from the second user via the second social network site and provides the answer to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: YP LLC
    Inventors: Justin Marcucci, Coby P. Randquist
  • Patent number: 9143812
    Abstract: In a client-server environment, adaptively streaming programs from a program listing includes using an interaction between a client-side GUI and a server-side storefront to select a primary program for presentation, streaming the primary program at a primary streaming rate, and presenting the streamed primary program at a quality consistent with the primary streaming rate. The adaptive streaming further includes determining a number of secondary programs and a corresponding secondary streaming rate for each, which is less than the primary streaming rate. The adaptive streaming includes negotiating authorization rights for the secondary programs, then streaming the number of secondary programs at their secondary streaming rates, while streaming and presenting the primary program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Braness, Kourosh Soroushian
  • Patent number: 9142137
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method that includes analyzing content of textual information, automatically deriving a plurality of questions from the analyzed content, presenting the plurality of questions derived, to a user via a user interface, determining, via the user, a validity of the plurality of questions, and generating at least one valid question as determined by a user along with a corresponding answer to at least one valid question. The method further includes generating a summary of the textual information using the answers generated. The method further includes the ability of generate grammars for parsing natural language phrases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Luis Valles
  • Patent number: 9142136
    Abstract: An online test platform facilitates automatic scrolling of test materials in a web browser while maintaining a text prompt associated with the test materials. The platform also facilitates development, delivery, and management of educational tests with interactive participation by students, teachers, proctors, and administrators even when some or all of them are remotely located. The platform may include administrator interfaces, test proctor interfaces, and test taker (e.g. student) interfaces to allow each participant to view, navigate, and interact with aspects of the online test platform that are intended to meet their needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Rogers, John Bosko, Corey S. O'Brien, Raghubir S. Mutum
  • Patent number: 9141963
    Abstract: Provided are a system and method for providing a wireless network service to a user terminal free of charge, by providing a doorway page for exposing an advertisement on the user terminal provided with the wireless network service through an access point. Accordingly, the user terminal may be provided with the wireless network service free of charge, other than the cost of viewing the advertisement exposed on the doorway page. An advertiser and a proprietor may expose the advertisement at the cost of providing the free wireless network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Keon Su Lee, Choong Hee Lee, Il Gu Lee, Yung Seong Lee, Kyung Hoon Kim, Hye Jin Kang
  • Patent number: 9135671
    Abstract: System and methods for secured computer based assessment are described. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a question paper from an assessment conduction center, wherein the question paper contains dummy content having structure similar to an actual content of the question paper. A question paper metadata template containing metadata of the actual content that is generated based on the dummy content is created, and provided to the assessment conduction center for loading the actual content of the question paper in the question paper metadata template to generate an examination paper for distribution to one or more exam centers. A response of each of a plurality of aspirants corresponding to the examination paper is obtained from the one or more exam centers and said response is evaluated based on the metadata of the actual content, to generate a result for each of the plurality of aspirants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Viral Prakash Shah, Shaikh Mohammed Nawaz
  • Patent number: 9053500
    Abstract: A system, method and medium for determining and displaying one or more locales on a web browser. The method can include the steps of providing in the web browser a plurality of display regions, associating a locale with a plurality of web pages, selecting by a user a user-specified locale, associating the locale with one or more particular display regions, and determining whether the locale is mandatory. If the locale is mandatory, content associated with the user-specified locale can be translated to content associated with the locale. Finally, content is displayed in the one or more particular frames in accordance with the locale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKBOARD INC.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Etesse, Jennifer R. West, Michael L. Chasen
  • Patent number: 9028260
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may receive metadata that is associated with content. The metadata includes event descriptors that describe events included in the content. The apparatus may generate a question based on at least one of the event descriptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nader Abbas Nanjiani, Matthew R. Kuhlke, Manoj Mishra, Balajee Ramakrishnananda
  • Patent number: 8983886
    Abstract: Methods and systems for achieving self-organized growth of a logic pathway. A number of hardware modules that represents a core can be configured and communicated via a packet routing architecture. Each core includes a plurality of sub-modules that interact dynamically to a growth algorithm. A flow network can be created between a sensor input and a prediction of a desired sensor input and a link can be formed between a regularity within a core and another core via a link-flow-selection process. A digital data packet can be transmitted between the cores for communicating activation of the regularity and to exchange energy. Such physically-self organized circuit fabric system interacts dynamically to a growth algorithm that takes the input to produce a desired output and continuously self-repair and/or heal if damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Knowmtech, LLC
    Inventor: Alex Nugent
  • Patent number: 8958741
    Abstract: Group-based, periodic education intervention that provides a targeted curriculum selected specifically for each period based on current skill assessment data is described. For example, candidates' skill levels in multiple skills are assessed, and groups are formed based on commonality of skill level. A period-specific curriculum is generated for each group to address the specific needs of the individuals of the respective group. After delivery of the period-specific targeted curriculum over the period, re-assessments of the current skill of the group members are made, and a period-specific curriculum for the subsequent period is generated and delivered. Fidelity of an implementation of the curriculum is analyzed, and alerts, reminders, and reports are provided to improve fidelity of an implementation of the curriculum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amplify Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Jason Berger, Laurence Holt, Michael Kasloff
  • Patent number: 8934832
    Abstract: A system and method for developing a course requires a plurality of participants that collaborate over a network, for example, a social network. A database stores an initial framework that defines a sequence of learning units for creating a desired learning environment for students, those learning units made of specifically ordered content objects. The learning units are identified by corresponding learning unit identifiers. A plurality of workstations coupled to the network are used for entry of reviewer information by the participants using the learning environment created for the students. The reviewer information comprise one or more comments entered by one participant about a learning unit or content object and a rank entered by anther participant about the comment, with the rank being correlated with a defined ranking standard. A processor processes the rank according to a predefined criteria to produce a ranking result that is associated with a learning unit identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Laureate Education, Inc.
    Inventor: George Bryan Polivka
  • Publication number: 20140335497
    Abstract: Device, system, and method of adaptive teaching and learning. A computerized method includes operations performed in order to dynamically group and re-group students based on their monitored progress of interacting with digital educational learning objects; performing dynamic layout of components and elements of a digital learning object by taking into account pedagogic goals, pedagogic priorities or pedagogic significance or elements; allowing a teacher to define differential stop-lines for different groups of students; allowing a teacher to command that all student devices temporarily present a uniform learning object; allowing a content publisher to receive aggregated feedback based on monitored progress; and allowing a content publisher to package the objects as portable stand-alone playback modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Michael GAL, Arie KOGAN
  • Patent number: 8882512
    Abstract: A computerized system for scoring constructed responses to one or more prompts. The system receives a plurality of constructed responses in an electronic font-based format and separates the plurality of constructed responses into a first group of constructed responses that are scorable by the system and a second group of constructed responses that are not scorable by the system. The constructed responses in the first group are assigned scores based on predetermined rules, and the scores are sent to a score database. In a preferred embodiment, the first group includes constructed responses that do not answer the prompt and constructed responses that match pre-scored responses. The second group of constructed responses are sent by the system to a hand-scorer for manual scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Metrics Corporation
    Inventors: Susan M. Lottridge, Howard C. Mitzel, John A. Pennington
  • Patent number: 8879978
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein can determine sequences for educational units by evaluating entropies of multiple potential sequences and biasing selection of next units towards those associated with high sequence entropies. Further, an analysis can determine which units are under-represented (relative to a target proportion) in a past sequence and bias towards inclusion of an under-represented unit in the sequence. The available units that are considered for potential selection can include those matched to a learner's skill (e.g., such that all pre-requisite units have been mastered but the unit itself has not been mastered). Thus, techniques can generate sequences of units that promote unit variation and nonetheless conform to relative unit frequencies and skill level appropriateness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pearson Education, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Bamhart
  • Patent number: 8870575
    Abstract: A language learning system including a storage module, a feature extraction module, and an assessment and diagnosis module is provided. The storage module stores training data and an assessment decision tree generated according to the training data. The feature extraction module extracts pronunciation features of a pronunciation given by a language learner. The assessment and diagnosis module identifies a diagnosis path corresponding to the pronunciation of the language learner in the assessment decision tree and outputs feedback information corresponding to the diagnosis path. Thereby, the language learning system can assess and provide feedback information regarding words, phrases or sentences pronounced by the language learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Sen-Chia Chang, Hsien-Cheng Liao, Jiang-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 8864499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and means of grading students. This invention is a software application utilizing profiling techniques that when combined or imbedded with available knowledge on the human learning experience will individually evaluate each student based on their current ability and capacity to learn, by subject. Student's tests are graded electronically against their personal ability and capability profile for grade. The profile system software is applicable to many learning situations requiring a measured outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick G. Roers
  • Patent number: 8851900
    Abstract: A question item comprising: textual, visual or auditory subject matter; a query or instruction pertaining to the subject matter; and a representation of a response mechanism for receiving a user response to the query or instruction, may be retrieved from a data store. The subject matter, query or instruction and response mechanism may be presented in a presentation sequence, wherein a presentation duration of each of the subject matter, query or instruction and response mechanism is controlled by user input. Based on the user input, a presentation duration of each of the subject matter, query or instruction, and response mechanism may be determined. Each of the three presentation durations may be stored. A completion time may be determined based on one or more of the presentation durations and may be stored along with response accuracy, for use in calculating a user competency measure for the question item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Deck Chair Learning Systems Inc.
    Inventors: David Jeffrey Graham, Allan A Sura
  • Publication number: 20140272886
    Abstract: A gamification application development system. The system has specialized game development toolbars and a suite of tools. The tools are used to create gamification of continuing education training and are adapted to be used by individuals who are not game designers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick H. Vane
  • Patent number: 8838015
    Abstract: A method includes receiving data associated with a characteristic of a set of students from a educational delivery system. The characteristic can include, for example, a demographic characteristic, a geographical location, a score of an assessment associated with a learning objective from the plurality of learning objectives, a time to complete the assessment, a number of attempts to complete the assessment and/or an indicator of knowledge of the learning objective based on prior educational experience. A first group of students and a second group of students are automatically selected from the set of students based on the data such that first group of students is substantially identical to the second group of students. A first educational material is delivered to the first group of students. A second educational material is delivered to the second group of students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: K12 Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Jay Packard, Benjamin Patrick Graff, Adam Paul, Bror Valdemar Haug Saxberg
  • Patent number: 8834175
    Abstract: A training portal facilitates an agent's management of training courses, including reviewing a training goal, indicating training courses available for the agent to download, downloading a specified training course to the agent, and receiving uploaded test results associated with a previously downloaded training course. The training portal may cooperate with an e-learning system for identifying downloadable courses, and may cooperate with a content delivery system for receiving the specified course which is to be downloaded to the agent. At a subsequent time, after the agent has interacted with a testing portion of the downloadable course, the agent may upload the test results to the portal. The training portal may be configured to receive test results uploaded within a certain time period. Once the training portal receives the test results, it provides the test results to the content delivery source. The content delivery source may then update the e-learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh S. Daddi, Patrick McGuire McDaniel, Karl H. Koster
  • Patent number: 8831504
    Abstract: A system and a method for generating individualized academic worksheets are provided. The method includes accessing a database of problems and student data relating to at least one student, including evaluation data associated with practice worksheets that were previously administered to the students. The method further includes selecting problems from the database using the evaluation data for each student and generating an individualized practice worksheet file including the selected problems. Each practice worksheet file includes instructions for printing a presentation of each problem and at least one evaluation area. The method further includes updating the evaluation data, wherein after a printed copy of a practice worksheet file is administered to the student, the evaluation areas of the printed copy are marked with evaluation marks by a human evaluator in accordance with the human evaluator's evaluation, and the updated evaluation data is based on the evaluation marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kristine A. German, Robert M. Lofthus
  • Patent number: 8794974
    Abstract: A method and system for scoring task information. Through the use of an electronic time management device, such as a cell phone or other portable digital computer based device programmed to support this method, a user enters a description of a task and when the task should be completed. This information is then communicated to a scoring system, and the information is scored without human intervention and points are given. Optionally, if the information cannot be automatically scored, it is scored by a person. These points can be banked and then be used toward a socially desirable reward, such as sending text messages or playing music or watching videos. This is particularly effective in teaching time management skills to young students who may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Lee A. Hollaar, Jodi Morstein Groot
  • Patent number: 8794978
    Abstract: An educational material processing apparatus includes: an input unit that inputs an image data of a test material including a plurality of questions, a plurality of answer columns corresponding to the plurality of questions, and accuracy judgment marks indicating whether answers included in the answer columns are correct or not; an identification unit that identifies a position of an answer column judged to include a wrong answer based on at least one of the accuracy judgment marks in the image data of the test material; and a generation unit that generates the image data of the test material including a question corresponding to the answer column judged to include the wrong answer, the position of the answer column identified by the identification unit, with the answer column in vacant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiya Koyama, Michihiro Tamune
  • Patent number: 8794979
    Abstract: A computerized educational presentation system is provided. The system may include a presentation application program. The presentation application program may include a presentation module that is operable in an author mode to create an educational presentation having a plurality of educational resources. The educational resources may include at least a poll. Further, the presentation module may be operable in a presentation mode to make the educational presentation accessible for viewing at a plurality of student computing devices. The presentation application program further may include an interaction module. During the author mode, the interaction module may update one or more educational resources of the educational presentation in response to receiving user edits via an author tool. During the presentation mode, the interaction module may receive student feedback at a teacher computing device in response to presentation of the poll at the plurality of student computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jay C. Beavers, Lora J. Heiny, Christopher H. Moffatt, Bomani Siwatu, Ravipal S. Soin, Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Neema Mortazavi Moraveji
  • Patent number: 8784114
    Abstract: A computer system contains and displays a cartoon-like story with a plurality of displayed components (such as cartoon characters, play items, etc.) recognizable by a preschool student on a first portion of the display screen along with an accompanying voice message on the speaker. Written instructions for teachers to follow in a personal one-to-one interaction with one or more students are displayed on a second portion of the display screen. For some activities, the student may actually respond using the computer such as by touching a touch screen or using a mouse to select one of the displayed components in response to a request to select a displayed component having a predetermined aspect. For other activities the teacher enters the response of the student as observed by the teacher. When one or more correct responses are entered by the student or teacher, achievement of a goal can automatically be entered into the educational management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Assessment Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Bergan
  • Patent number: 8775515
    Abstract: A system and method for providing student performance alerts in an online learning environment is provided. An online learning environment is monitored. A score for a test taken by a student at a first time is received. One or more previous scores for previous tests taken by the student at previous times are obtained. The score is compared with one or more of the previous scores to determine a difference between the score and the one or more previous scores. A change threshold is applied to the difference and the difference is determined to be significant when the difference is outside the threshold. An alert for the significant difference is transmitted to one or more recipients associated with the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apex Learning, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lippert, Rohit Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8764455
    Abstract: A reading comprehension system and method that uses language micro-variables is disclosed. The system provide training using these language micro-variables in order to provide reading comprehension training. This training also is highly impactful for the instruction and improvement of reading fluency and vocabulary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Altis Avante Corp.
    Inventor: Andrew S. Morrison
  • Patent number: 8764454
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a computer-optimized academic credential structure, model and processes, with academic integrity, and associated marketing, for existing or new programs at regionally and nationally accredited and other postsecondary, higher education institutions. In one illustrative embodiment, an academic structure is provided to allow student's individually generated content from parts of multiple courses to be aggregated into a new academic credential, the focus credential. In another illustrative embodiment, a developed and highly innovative computer-enabled Internet-optimized academic credential model and processes, with academic integrity, for existing or new programs at regionally and nationally accredited and other postsecondary, higher education institutions is provided. This model allows a postsecondary student to earn an individualized credential within existing academic program formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Christopher Turner
  • Patent number: 8755737
    Abstract: A method/apparatus/system for educational intervention based on a response metric is disclosed. The notice is generated in response to the collection of user and question data, the sending of questions, the receipt of answers, the evaluation of the correctness of the answers, the generation of a response metric, the comparison of the response metric to a threshold, and the generation of the report or notice. The response metric can be reflect the scatter, randomness, and/or slope of student provided answer data, and can be a fractal dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Pearson Education, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Galen, Rasil Warnakulasooriya
  • Patent number: 8753127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a data object previewer is described. In an embodiment, the invention is a method. The method includes detecting a change in a structure. The method also includes processing the structure into a preview. The method further includes presenting the preview. In another embodiment, the invention is a system. The system includes a processor, a bus coupled to the processor, and a memory coupled to the bus. The processor is to detect a change in a structure, process the structure into a preview, and present the preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Andreas S. Krebs
  • Patent number: 8755736
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and skills assessment tool for managing a testing session in a clinical skills testing center comprising a plurality of assessment stations. The method according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention includes configuring the plurality of assessment stations by associating each of the stations with a case type prior to the beginning of the testing session, receiving electronic identification of a student at one of a plurality of assessment stations prior to the student commencing an encounter at the one assessment station during the testing session, and, in response to receiving the student's identification, automatically assigning the student to the one assessment station for the encounter, where the encounter corresponds with the case type associated with the one assessment station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Atellis, Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas K Huang