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Join AIM Analytics as we host Nia Dowell from the University of Memphis as she discusses analysis of language and discourse using statistical techniques.

Capturing the defining characteristics of language and discourse has enormous practical and theoretical value in education. Language, discourse and communication have been regarded as a gold mine that can offer powerful insights into learners’ cognitive, affective, motivational and social processes among other learning-related phenomena. Consequently, computational linguistic and automated text analysis more broadly has garnered considerable attention among learning analytics and educational data mining researchers. This presentation will provide an overview of significant applications of natural language processing tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix and Linguistic Inquiry Word Count) and techniques in the context of emerging learning environments, such as intelligent tutoring systems (ITS), computer-mediated learning (CML), and MOOCs.

Nia DowellNia Dowell is a cognitive psychology doctoral candidate at the Institute for Intelligent Systems in the University of Memphis. Nia is currently pursuing her PhD under the mentorship of Professor Arthur Graesser. Her primary interests are in cognitive psychology, discourse processing and learning sciences. In general, her research focuses on using language and discourse to uncover the dynamics of socially significant, cognitive, and affective processes. She is currently applying computational techniques to model discourse and social dynamics in a variety of learning environments including teacher education programs, intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs), small group computer-mediated collaborative learning environments, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Her research has also extended beyond the educational and learning sciences spaces and highlighted the practical applications of computational discourse science in the clinical, political and social sciences areas.

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