Grading Of Response Form Patents (Class 434/353)
  • Patent number: 9767707
    Abstract: An optimization engine builds a set of test forms, called a pallet for use in a qualification test setting. The pallet is generated using a optimization engine programmed with constraints and goals for each test form in the pallet and for the pallet in general. A test information floor is set at the cut point of the test which causes test items to be focused at the area of the test where the pass/fail decision is made. The test items may be separated into families by assigning test items selected for a test form in each test generation cycle to one of several families. Because each family has unique test items compared to other families, a person re-taking a qualification test from a particular pallet may be given a test form from another family, ensuring that no item from the first administration will appear on the subsequent test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL ASSOC. OF BOARDS OF PHARMACY
    Inventor: Paul Edward Jones
  • Patent number: 9715657
    Abstract: A medical diagnosis support apparatus includes a training data obtaining unit that obtains training data, an inference means candidate creating unit that creates a plurality of inference means candidates based on the training data, an inference performance evaluation unit that evaluates the performance of the plurality of inference means candidates based on the training data, an information validity evaluation unit that evaluates the validity of information presented by each of the plurality of inference means candidates based on the training data, and an inference means selection unit that selects an inference means from the plurality of inference means candidates based on the performance of the plurality of inference means candidates and the validity of the information presented by each of the plurality of inference means candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masami Kawagishi
  • Patent number: 9679256
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide automated assessment of examination scripts, such as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) examination scripts, written in response to prompts eliciting free text answers. In an embodiment, the task may be defined as discriminative preference ranking. Further, a system employing such methodology may be trained and tested on a corpus of manually-graded scripts. Embodiments herein, unlike extant solutions, are relatively prompt-insensitive and resistant to subversion, even if the operating principles are known. Embodiments may also detect scripts which are linguistically good but non-responsive to prompts such as memorized responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
    Inventors: Ted Briscoe, Ben Medlock, Oeistein Andersen
  • Patent number: 9665565
    Abstract: A semantic similarity evaluation method includes performing word vectorization processing separately on words in a first sentence and a word in a second sentence to obtain a first word vector and a second word vector; performing, in a preset word vector compression order, compression coding processing on the first word vector according to a first compression coding parameter to obtain a first statement vector; performing, in the preset word vector compression order, compression coding processing on the second word vector according to a second compression coding parameter to obtain a second statement vector; and determining a vector distance between the first statement vector and the second statement vector, and evaluating a semantic similarity between the first sentence and the second sentence according to the vector distance. The method is used to evaluate a semantic similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Ma, Kai Liu, Hao Xiong
  • Patent number: 9607524
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product for creating and evaluating assessment sheets are disclosed. The method includes identifying one or more first location identifiers based on one or more markings provided in a scanned master assessment sheet. A machine-readable code (MRC) is generated based on the one or more first location identifiers. The MRC is then split into a plurality of portions and embedded at various locations on a scanned pre-assessment sheet. The scanned pre-assessment sheet with the embedded MRC is then printed to generate the assessment sheets. Thereafter, one or more second location identifiers are identified based on one or more markings provided by evaluatees in each of the assessment sheets provided to them. The one or more second location identifiers are then compared with the one or more first location identifiers. The result of evaluation is provided based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Nikesh Anand Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 9576297
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of communicating with multiple mobile station devices in a concerted effort is disclosed. According to one example method of operation the method may include identifying a number of mobile station devices as being present at the pre-defined venue location via a server and initiating an application on the server that establishes a feedback menu display. The method may also include transmitting the feedback menu display to each of the identified mobile station devices receiving feedback messages from a majority of the mobile station devices responsive to the feedback menu display questions, and processing the feedback messages and providing a result to the moderator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Jason H Groenjes
  • Patent number: 9576043
    Abstract: A computer program product for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The computer program product receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The computer program product determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The computer program product determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The computer program product renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville
  • Patent number: 9552742
    Abstract: A teaching aid to aid in evaluating data may include a frame member and an eye guide movably connected to the frame member to guide the user of the teaching aid in evaluating the data. The frame member may include a top frame wall, a pair of opposing a side frame walls to connect to the top frame wall and a bottom frame wall to connect to the pair of opposing side frame walls, and the frame member may include a divider wall to define a cavity for the data to be evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Earl Dwight McArthur
  • Patent number: 9542854
    Abstract: A system and method of communication based on the Reverse Multiple-Choice Method of teaching and testing is disclosed where at least one communicant is a machine. The method is applicable for training a machine for knowledge engineering and artificial intelligence oriented applications, as well as for a trained machine to assist a human being engaged in the activity of teaching or testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Indu M. Anand, Pranav Anand
  • Patent number: 9483955
    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: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: PEARSON EDUCATION, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Galen, Rasil Warnakulasooriya
  • Patent number: 9460191
    Abstract: A method for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The method receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The method determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The method determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The method renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville
  • Patent number: 9396255
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating evaluation of one or more electronic documents. One or more templates are extracted from the one or more electronic documents. At least one area in the one or more templates is identified. The at least one area includes a response provided by a user associated with the electronic document. One or more groups are generated based on similarity between the responses in the at least one area in the one or more templates. The one or more groups are distributed to one or more remote workers or a crowdsourcing platform for the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Pallavi Manohar, Shourya Roy
  • Patent number: 9368044
    Abstract: A remote art jurying system in which art jurors independently evaluate works of art at different locations, times and places. A central database presents information about each work of art and/or the artist to an individual juror. The database provides images of the artwork along with relevant information. Each juror can access the database independent of other jurors in terms of location, or time. The system provides enhanced voting methods. The juror can review or change their votes at any time prior to final submission. They can review all works of art, by categories of art, or by scores. The juror reviews artwork thumbnail images, which can be used to select high resolution images with extended information. Selected categories of art can be enhanced by eliminating the lowest scores to balance artwork finalists across multiple categories of art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Fisher
  • Patent number: 9352232
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for preferring a season character by users by increasing a skill capability value of the season character in which a limitation capability value of a character is differentiated according to a time provided in a game compared with a general character in an online game managing the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL DISCOVERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Hun Kim, Ki Cheol Jang
  • Patent number: 9355373
    Abstract: A test results screening tool allows capture of test item and test results data and provides a reviewer with a robust set of tools for entering screening criteria and display of test results by both test subject and test center. The tool includes parametrically sets flags for unwanted testing behaviors including test item harvesting, test subjects with pre-knowledge of the test subject matter, and proxy test takers for some a portion of a test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL ASSOC. OF BOARDS OF PHARMACY
    Inventors: Joy L. Matthews-López, Paul E. Jones
  • Patent number: 9299266
    Abstract: A system for educational assessment without testing is provided that includes one or more client systems that are connected to a network allowing students or school officials to communicate with an education framework that performs and manages educational assessment. The one or more client systems issue a message to the education framework requesting a task to be performed. The educational assessment is administered independent of one or more educators so as to avoid interruption of instruction time. A server system receives the message and the education framework proceeds to process the contents of the message. The education framework includes a plurality of programming modules being executed on the server system that provides to educators specific information used for the educational assessment based on the contents of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: LEXIA LEARNING SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Catherine Crawford, Yaacov Petscher, Christopher Schatschneider
  • Patent number: 9208509
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for personalizing content for a user based on a size of a working vocabulary of the user. In use, text is identified from content that is one of consumed and output by a user. Additionally, a size of a working vocabulary of the user is identified using the text. Further, the content is personalized based on the size of the working vocabulary of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Amdocs Software Systems Limited
    Inventors: David Curran, Juraj Sofranko, Keith Bradley, Michael Kerrigan
  • Patent number: 9195309
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for classifying multiple device states using separate Bayesian classifiers. An example of a method described herein includes accessing sensor information of a device, wherein at least some of the sensor information is used in a first feature set and at least some of the sensor information is used in a second feature set; processing the first feature set using a first classification algorithm configured to determine a first proposed state of a first state type and a first proposed state of a second state type; processing the second feature set using a second classification algorithm configured to determine a second proposed state of the first state type and a second proposed state of the second state type; and determining a proposed state of the device as the first proposed state of the first state type and the second proposed state of the second state type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Leonard H. Grokop, Anthony Sarah
  • Patent number: 9087043
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for navigating electronic texts. According to an aspect, a method may include determining text subgroups within an electronic text. The method may also include selecting a text seed within one of the text subgroups. Further, the method may include determining a similarity relationship between the text seed and one or more adjacent text subgroups that do not include the selected text seed. The method may also include associating the text seed with the one or more adjacent text subgroups based on the similarity relationship to create a text cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rhonda Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20150140526
    Abstract: The subject matter describes systems, software, networks, platforms and methods to create one or more applications to assess an aptitude or a preference of a user, to interact dynamically with the user in a setting of a virtual task, to record and evaluate the interactions, to provide a learning platform to let the user acquire skills, and to allow teachers, parents, counselors and guardians to review the status and progress of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: The Language Epress, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Todd Marino, Eleazar Vasquez, III, Darin Edward Hughes, Marc Howard Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9036168
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus provided with an operation panel receiving instructions from a user by touch operations, a stylus pen used to perform the touch operations, and a pen holder holding the stylus pen, the pen holder including an opening for insertion of the stylus pen from outside of the pen holder, and a storage section storing the stylus pen. The storage section includes a first hollow portion with a first bottom and a second hollow portion with a second bottom lower than the first bottom. The stylus pen is stored in the storage section by being inserted through the opening, proceeding along the first bottom to enter the second hollow portion, and slanting, upon a center of gravity of the stylus pen passing a boundary between the first bottom and the second bottom, so that a tip of the stylus pen points downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Satomi Uchida
  • Publication number: 20150125845
    Abstract: A server and method for providing a learner-customized learning service are provided, whereby a correct answer rate is checked based on a real-time solving process and/or solving time for answering a question provided to a learner terminal such as a fixed terminal such as a computer or a portable terminal such as a smartphone. A difficulty level of the questions addressed to the learner terminal is adjusted and the questions are provided according to the correct answer rate. Therefore, learning materials are managed and provided to the learner terminal according to the learner terminal's ability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Teracle, Inc.
    Inventors: In Je CHO, Hoon Je CHO
  • Publication number: 20150125844
    Abstract: A server and method for managing learning is provided. A correct answer ratio is checked based on a real-time solving process and solving time of a question provided to a learner by using a terminal such as a computer or a portable terminal such as a smartphone to induce the learner to sincerely learn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Teracle, Inc.
    Inventors: In Je CHO, Hoon Je CHO
  • Publication number: 20150125835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method that includes a camera, a display and a processor wherein the camera captures a series of environmental images of an object, device or structure as the object, device or structure is assembled or constructed and then environmental image sis compared with a reference image. In exemplary embodiments, a reference standard image is displayed and, a user proceeds to manipulate objects to try to conform to the displayed referenced image. Next, environmental images are captured and a processor then compares the detected images against the reference standard and provides feedback to the user in the form of output that reflects compliance with the standard or a deviation from the standard. The feedback is provided, inter alia on a display panel so that the user can either confirm that the assembly is in conformance with the standard or see a graphical representation of how the assembly deviates from the standard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David WITTICH, Ken BLACK-STEIN, Barbarba Banks WITTICH
  • Publication number: 20150118671
    Abstract: Exemplary data structures designed for log files of game/simulation-based educational assessments are described. An exemplary data structure may comprise at least one session element representing an assessee's participation in an educational assessment session; a session identification element identifying the educational assessment session represented by the session element; an assessee identification element identifying the assessee participating in the educational assessment session represented by the session element; an events element representing a collection of events occurring in the educational assessment session represented by the session element; an event element representing one event in the collection of events; an event time element indicting a time associated with the event; an event performer element indicating a performer of the event; an event target element indicating a target of the event; and an event result element representing a result of the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jiangang Hao, Alina von Davier, Robert J. Mislevy, Lawrence L Smith, III
  • Publication number: 20150104778
    Abstract: A computerized interactive learning system includes a display device and a compatible input device. The display device provides work items to a learner. The input device detects input activities from the learner in response to the work item. The system analyzes the input activities at two or more tiered levels of granularity. The display device provides conditional feedback to the learner based on the analysis. The input device and the display device can be incorporated into an integrated touchscreen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: CHI-CHANG LIU, PHILIP LIU
  • Publication number: 20150099256
    Abstract: An intelligent teaching and tutoring test method is provided with a remote learning online test mode, a remote learning test paper test mode, a classroom teaching online test mode, and a classroom teaching test paper test mode. Based on the diversified data input methods and intelligent data analyzing process offered by an intelligent teaching and tutoring test system, the invention is a proprietary teaching and tutoring test method for different learners according to their differentiated individual learning situations so as to substantially enhance the learning efficiency of the learners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Chien Cheng Liu, Kuan Chen Wang
  • Publication number: 20150093736
    Abstract: A system and method for managing pedagogical content are provided. A system and method may capture a screenshot of a presentation of educational or pedagogical content and convert the captured screenshot to an image. A system and method may receive comments from a student and include the comments and image in a pedagogical element, which may be stored in the student's account and may be submitted to a teacher for review, evaluation or assessment A system and method may receive an assessment from a teacher and may include the assessment in the pedagogical element to produce a revised pedagogical element, which may be presented to the student. A system and method may provide a snapshot tool as a Flash library included in a source code of educational content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Avraham KADAR, Raffi KAHANE, Vincent Thomas J ROWE
  • Publication number: 20150093737
    Abstract: An automatic scoring apparatus includes: an automatic scoring unit to receive scoring target data, apply a corresponding scoring model per each of evaluation regions, and automatically calculate a score per each of the evaluation regions with respect to the received scoring target data based on the applied corresponding scoring model; and a score tuning unit to tune the calculated score per each of the evaluation regions using a corresponding correlation model between the evaluation regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jongcheol YUN, Kyunga YOON
  • Publication number: 20150086962
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprises receiving a data-input representative for a question/answer combination having an inherent question type, and, for processing the data input representative for a question/answer combination. The method includes identifying for the data-input, a set of data building blocks representative for the question/answer combination. The data building blocks are hierarchically structured according to a predetermined data structure irrespective of the inherent question type of the question/answer combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Raoul Rein Maria Arnold Deuss, Christine Eleonora Lippens
  • Publication number: 20150079577
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for controlling access to a computer program prevents access unless conditions are satisfied. The conditions may include access limits and educational requirements. The access limits may include access durations and number of access times. Access in excess of the limits may be prevented. The educational requirements may include accessing educational content, completing a test on the content, and obtaining a passing score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: George P. Teitelbaum
  • Publication number: 20150072334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of managing an assessment, including selecting a portion or position in an answer to a question of one or more questions within an assessment in response to a first user input; assigning a grade and/or feedback to the selected portion or position in response to a second user input; and associating the grade and/or feedback to one of a plurality of criteria in response to a third user input. Other methods and systems for managing an assessment are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Mark VAN HARMELEN
  • Publication number: 20150064681
    Abstract: A system for using a smartpen as a tool for automatically assessing student learning that is simple and accurate. The system has a computer with at least one processor, a memory, a storage, and communications through a protocol, one or more than one smartpen in communication with the computer and a plurality of software modules having non-transitory instructions executable on the processor for at least a characterization module, for characterizing spatial and temporal organization of a student's work, and a machine learning module utilizing the spatial and temporal organization to assess student learning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Thomas Stahovich, Timothy Van Arsdale, Hanlung Lin, James Thomas Herold, Kevin Rawson
  • Publication number: 20150064680
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a test may include generating, by a processor, a question having a difficulty coefficient. The processor may receive input from a participant answering the question. The processor may further measure a time for the participant to complete the question. The processor may determine whether or not to include the participant's input in adjusting the difficulty coefficient of the question, wherein said determination is based on the measured time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: UMeWorld
    Inventor: Man Ching Michael LEE
  • Publication number: 20150064677
    Abstract: A processor implemented method for scoring a challenge taken by a user, and training the user using a simulation based learning platform is provided. The processor implemented method includes (i) obtaining, from a database, challenges to be taken by a user and associated at least one of information, (iii) processing a selection of, the challenge from the challenges with actions or steps performed by the user, (iv) rendering, hints to solve the challenge, (v) recording, steps taken by the user to solve the challenge, (vi) comparing the steps taken by the user with steps taken by an expert to solve the challenge to compute a deviance of the user from a reference path, (vii) scoring, the challenge based on the deviance of the user from the reference path to obtain a score, and (viii) notifying, a result associated with the challenge to the user based on the score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Rajiv Baphna, Muraleedhar Ramapai, Anoop Gopikumar, Satyamoy Chatterjee, Halasyasiva Subramania, Parsuram Panigrahi, Ashutosh Joshi
  • Publication number: 20150050635
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for providing a practical question solving exercise and question solving habit correction using an equipment of an examinee in preparation for a multiple choice test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Etoos Academy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Wun HONG, Min KIM, Mi Young LEE
  • Publication number: 20150050636
    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: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Pacific Metrics Corporation
    Inventors: Susan M. LOTTRIDGE, Howard C. MITZEL, John A. PENNINGTON
  • Publication number: 20150050623
    Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (o) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student. The system may be networked with middleware and adapters that map data received over the network to rules engine memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Falash, Eytan Pollak, Michael Barnoske, George Rovny, Coy Stewart, Robert Ducharme
  • Publication number: 20150024366
    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: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: David Jeffrey GRAHAM, Allan A. SURA
  • Publication number: 20150017626
    Abstract: A method and system for providing computerized education may provide a user with a first set of educational segments such as problem sets or presentations, and may further monitor the user's reactions and responses using electronic devices, including biometric sensors, to identify difficulty points. Reports may be generated and presented to the user or another party to assist in manual identification of the difficulty point. New or modified educational segments may be provided to the user based on the identified difficulty points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Sara H. Basson, Robert G. Farrell, Dimitri Kanevsky, Frances W. West
  • Publication number: 20150004588
    Abstract: A database of questions is designed to test understanding of a set of concepts. A subset of the questions is selected for administering to one or more learners in a test. One desires for the subset to be small, to minimize testing workload for the learners and grading workload for instructors. However, to preserve the ability to accurately estimate learners' knowledge of the concepts, the questions of the subset should be appropriately chosen and not too small in number. We propose among other things a non-adaptive algorithm and an adaptive algorithm for test size reduction (TeSR) using an extended version of the Sparse Factor Analysis (SPARFA) framework. The SPARFA framework is a framework for modeling learner responses to questions. Our new TeSR algorithms find fast approximate solutions to a combinatorial optimization problem that involves minimizing the uncertainly in assessing a learner's knowledge of the concepts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Divyanshu Vats, Christoph E. Studer, Richard G. Baraniuk
  • Publication number: 20140377733
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods relating to administration, evaluation, and review of assessments, such as quizzes and tests. According to various embodiments, a first challenge problem of an assessment may be displayed to an assessor, such as an instructor of students. The first challenge problem may include one or more answers provided by an assessee, such as a student. For example, an assessee may have answered the challenge problem by providing one or more digital ink stroke answers, a draggable object answer, and/or an annotation answer. The systems and methods described herein facilitate the automatic and/or semi-automatic evaluation of the assessee answer items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSTIY
    Inventor: Dan Reed Olsen, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140370482
    Abstract: A virtual lab is generated for a underlying learning objective defined by a lab instructor. The virtual lab is decomposed into multiple lab steps. Each lab step defines a portion of the underlying learning objective that can be performed independently. Each lab step includes pedagogical information for teaching a learner the portion of the underlying learning objective and information for specifying a portion of the underlying system that will execute the lab step. A first portion of the underlying system is caused to execute a first lab step. This allows the learner to perform the portion of the underlying learning objective defined in the first lab step. An event generated by the learner's performance of the first lab step is received. In response, a specific pedagogical procedure that is dictated by the event is caused to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Thekkthalackal Varugis Kurien, Alpesh Gaglani, Arunprakash Balakrishnan, Eric . D. Schweickert, Daniel Behrendt, Vinay Balasubramaniam, Suyash Sinha
  • Publication number: 20140370485
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of calibrating an assessment model for assessing responses includes accessing a plurality of training responses with a processing system for training an assessment model. The processing system analyzes the plurality of training responses to derive values of multiple features of the training responses. The processing system trains the assessment model based on the values of the multiple features of the training responses and a portfolio score for each individual associated with the plurality of training responses utilized in the training. The portfolio score for each individual corresponds to a measure of proficiency based on multiple writing samples constructed by the individual. The processing system determines, based on said training, a weight for each of the multiple features. The processing system calibrates the assessment model to include the weights for at least some of the features such that the assessment model is configured to generate scores for responses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Douglas Deane, Brent Bridgeman, Chaitanya Ramineni
  • Patent number: 8914278
    Abstract: A computer-assisted language correction system including spelling correction functionality, misused word correction functionality, grammar correction functionality and vocabulary enhancement functionality utilizing contextual feature-sequence functionality employing an internet corpus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ginger Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael Karov Zangvil, Avner Zangvil
  • Publication number: 20140363803
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for remediating education. A population of students past and present and a plurality of teachers are provided. Also provided is a curriculum having sub-elements therein. A plurality of questions each relating to a specific sub-element within the curriculum is formed. A dataset including a plurality of answers to each of the plurality of questions is provided for processing thereof, the answers each relating to a student from the population of students and to a teacher of the plurality of teachers who taught the student material relating to the sub-element. The answers of current students within a grade level are correlated against the answers of former students at that grade level to form correlated student groups. Based on answers provided in subsequent years by students within a same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: George TATTERSFIELD
  • Publication number: 20140356841
    Abstract: A method and system is presented to address quantitative assessment of functional impairment in a subject, comprising: presenting a plurality of tests to a subject on a display, the tests comprising a series of scenes, the scene comprising at least one stimulus, wherein the scene may be associated with visual, auditory, and tactile stimulus arrays; modulating at least one spatial characteristic of at least one stimulus; receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; quantitatively refining the scene relative to the received feedback; calculating the relationship between at least one of the scene, the stimulus, and the quantitatively refined scene; adjusting the scene relative to the calculated relationship; determining equilibrated scene parameter of the subject; recording the equilibrated scene parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium; generating at least one diagnosis to the functional impairment associated with the equilibrated scene parameter; recommending treatment to the su
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CEREBRAL ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Publication number: 20140356842
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of visual motor response in a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to a subject on a display; (2) modulating the contrast of a predetermined section of the scene; (3) moving the predetermined section relative to the scene with the movement being tracked by the subject via at least one input device; (4) measuring a kinematic parameter of the tracked movement; (5) quantitatively refining the tracked movement; (6) determining the relationship between at least one of the scene and the quantitatively refined tracked movement; (7) adjusting the modulated contrast relative to the quantitatively refined tracked movement; (8) calculating a critical threshold parameter for the subject; and (9) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CEREBRAL ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Publication number: 20140335499
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for evaluating the performance of an individual. In one aspect, the invention includes a method of encoding questions used in an examination in order to accurately identify and evaluate deficiencies in an individual's knowledge. In another aspect, an improved method of evaluating responses to the encoded questions is disclosed. Adaptive structuring of subsequent exam questions and/or topics is also provided. A computer program and associated apparatus for administering and evaluating performance is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Frank R. Miele
  • Publication number: 20140272898
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include systems and methods which allow for the creation of online surveys in which answers to compound questions may be efficiently gather from online survey respondents using a space-efficient user interface configuration. The space-efficient user interface configuration reduces the perceived and/or actual time and effort needed to complete the survey, and allows the user to easily review previously submitted questions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VISION CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Vision Critical Communications Inc.