Quotation Burek, Gaston, Armitt, Gillian, Gerdemann, Dale, Hoisl, Bernhard, Koblischke, Robert, Mauerhofer, Christoph, Osenova, Petya, Simov, Kiril. 2010. A Language Usage-based Service for Providing Formative Feedback and Learner Positioning. 17th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C), Nottingham, Großbritannien, 07.09.-09.09.




Self-directed learners can benefit from personalised 'feedback on demand' during their learning but this is often not practical owing to tutors' time constraints. Tutors can benefit from computerised support with positioning learners and providing individualised feedback at the right level. Language technologies (phrase extraction and Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA)) analysing speech genres (Bakhtin 1986) offer an opportunity to address these issues. Experts in a domain develop a speech genre, with characteristic phrases. Becoming an expert involves the adoption of the community's speech genre. Thus, learner knowledge can be evaluated by means of textual distance based on characteristic phrases. Through the EU-funded LTfLL project, bespoke on-line software was designed as Service Usage Models in collaboration with a commercial training partner. Ontology and lexical resources are used to identify concepts covered by learners. Positioning is achieved through combining linguistic patterns (phrases) extraction and LSA (Burek and Gerdemann 2009) to compare learner texts with a corpus of expert texts built from IT learning materials and high quality learner texts. The software indirectly measures learners' degree of expertise by textual distance to the relevant speech genre. The poster illustrates the feedback and positioning information provided by the user interface and how the language technology-based comparison of learner and expert texts is achieved to compare speech genres.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title A Language Usage-based Service for Providing Formative Feedback and Learner Positioning
Event 17th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C)
Date 07.09.-09.09.
Location Nottingham
Country United Kingdom
Year 2010
URL http://altc2010.alt.ac.uk/attachments/0001/1636/burek_final_poster.pdf


Language Technologies for Lifelong Learning
Hoisl, Bernhard (Former researcher)
Koblischke, Robert (Former researcher)
Armitt, Gillian
Burek, Gaston
Gerdemann, Dale
Mauerhofer, Christoph
Osenova, Petya
Simov, Kiril
Institute for Information Systems and New Media IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1108 Informatics (Details)
1127 Information science (Details)
5838 E-learning, telelearning (Details)
6633 Computational linguistics (Details)
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