Sketch worksheets in STEM classrooms: Two deployments

Kenneth D. Forbus*, Bridget Garnier, Basil Tikoff, Wayne Marko, Madeline Usher, McLure Matthew McLure

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Sketching can be a valuable tool for science education, but it is currently underutilized. Sketch worksheets were developed to help change this, by using AI technology to give students immediate feedback and to give instructors assistance in grading. Sketch worksheets use visual representations automatically computed by CogSketch, which are combined with conceptual information from the OpenCyc ontology. Feedback is provided to students by comparing an instructor's sketch to a student's sketch, using the Structure-Mapping Engine. This paper describes our experiences in deploying sketch worksheets in two types of classes: Geoscience and AI. Sketch worksheets for introductory geoscience classes were developed by geoscientists at University of Wisconsin- Madison, authored using CogSketch and used in classes at both Wisconsin and Northwestern University. Sketch worksheets were also developed and deployed for a knowledge representation and reasoning course at Northwestern. Our experience indicates that sketch worksheets can provide helpful on-the-spot feedback to students, and significantly improve grading efficiency, to the point where sketching assignments can be more practical to use broadly in STEM education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2018
EditorsG. Michael Youngblood, Karen Myers
PublisherThe AAAI Press
Pages7665-7672
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781577358008
StatePublished - 2018
Event30th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Feb 2 2018Feb 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 30th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2018

Conference

Conference30th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period2/2/182/7/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications

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