Grants

Awarded and Active

National Science Foundation (NSF), EHR Core Research (ECR). PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Ryan Baker (University of Pennsylvania), Jon Star (Harvard University), “Collaborative Research: Using Educational Data Mining Techniques to Uncover How and Why Students Learn from Erroneous Examples,”  (CMU Portion: $914,042)  Period:  06/01/17 to 05/31/20.   (See the NSF Award Announcement;  Read the CMU HCII article about this grant)

National Science Foundation (NSF), REAL Program, PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Aaron Mitchell, John Stamper, “Knowing What Students Know: Using Educational Data Mining to Predict Robust STEM Learning,” ($1,487,345).  Period:  09/01/14 to 08/31/19.    (See the NSF Award Announcement)

U.S. Department of Education (IES).  PI: Vincent Aleven, Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Steve Ritter (Carnegie Learning, Inc.), “Enhancing Student Learning with an Orchestration Tool for Personalized Teacher-Student Interactions in Classrooms Using Intelligent Tutoring Software,” ($1,399,754).  Period:  07/01/18 to 06/30/21.

Simon Initiative, ProSEED.  PI: Lauren Herckis, Co-PI: Bruce M. McLaren, “Deploying Educational Technology with Fidelity: Capitalizing on Research from Biomedicine,” ($15,000)   Period: 07/01/18 to 06/30/19. 

Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI), Internal CMU Funding from the Mellon Foundation. PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PI: Matthew Travers, “Training for Mass Production: A Blueprint Project in the Food Industry,” ($66,087)  Period: 09/01/18 to 08/31/19.  https://engineering.cmu.edu/mfi/opportunities/research-proposals.html

Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI), Internal CMU Funding from the Mellon Foundation. PI: Jack Beuth, Co-PI: Bruce M. McLaren, “Training in Additive Manufacturing Using Entertainment and Tutoring Technologies,” ($59,483)  Period: 09/01/18 to 08/31/19.  https://engineering.cmu.edu/mfi/opportunities/research-proposals.html

Pending

U.S. Department of Education (IES).  PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Ryan Baker (University of Pennsylvania), Richard E. Mayer (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jon Star (Harvard University), Jessica Hammer, “Improving Student Learning and Engagement through Game and Learning Analytics,”  Submitted August 23, 2018.  Proposed Period:  07/01/19 to 06/30/22.

U.S. Department of Education (IES).  PI: Sandra Katz (University of Pittsburgh), Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren,  Patricia Albacete (University of Pittsburgh), Pamela Jordan (University of Pittsburgh), “Enhancing Student Achievement in Science by Combining Automated Adaptive Dialogue with a Negotiable Open Learner Model,”  Submitted August 23, 2018.  Proposed Period:  07/01/19 to 06/30/22.

National Science Foundation (NSF), DRK-12 Program.  PI: Sandra Katz (University of Pittsburgh), Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren,  Patricia Albacete (University of Pittsburgh), Pamela Jordan (University of Pittsburgh), “Collaborative Research: Designing Diagnostic Teacher Dashboards Using Data from Tutorial Dialogues,”  Submitted November 14, 2018.  Proposed Period:  09/01/19 to 08/31/21.

National Science Foundation (NSF), Cyberlearning Program.  PIs: Bruce M. McLaren,  Jon Star (Harvard); Co-PI: John Stamper (CMU), “Collaborative Research: Using Educational Technology to Support Flexible Mathematics Understanding and Non-Routine Problem Solving,”  Submitted January 14, 2019.  Proposed Period:  09/01/19 to 08/31/21.

National Science Foundation (NSF), EHR Core Research (ECR).  PIs: Bruce M. McLaren,  Jon Star (Harvard); Co-PIs: John Stamper, Jessica Hammer, J. Elizabeth Richey, Michael Mogessie Ashenafi (CMU), “Collaborative Research: Supporting Flexible Mathematics Understanding through a Digital Learning Game that Teaches Multiple Solution Strategies,”  Submitted January 24, 2019.  Proposed Period:  09/01/19 to 08/31/22.

Awarded and Completed

National Science Foundation (NSF), Cyberlearning, PI: Vincent Aleven,  Co-PI: Bruce M. McLaren,  “EXP: Helping Teachers Help their Students: Teachers’ Use of Intelligent Tutoring Software Analytics to Improve Student Learning,” ($549,575)   Period: 09/01/15 to 08/31/18.   (See the NSF Award Announcement)

U.S. Department of Education (IES), PI: Sandra Katz, Co-PIs: Pamela Jordan, Patricia Albacete, Bruce M. McLaren,  “Linking Dialogue and Student Modeling to Create an Enhanced Micro-Adaptive Tutoring System,”  (Subcontract: $571,470).   Period:  09/01/15 to 08/31/18.  (See the Department of Education (IES) Announcement)

National Science Foundation (NSF), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), PI: Bruce M. McLaren,  “LOGIC: Linkage Objects for Generalized Instruction in Coding,” ($77,940) Subaward from Tutorgen, Inc.  Period: 01/01/15 to 6/30/16 (with no-cost extension).

ProSEED, Simon Seed Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, PI: Bruce M. McLaren,  Co-PI: Mara Harrell,  “Can Collaborative Argument Diagramming Improve Students’ Understanding of Argumentation and Ability to Argue?”  ($20,000).  Period:  07/01/14 to 08/31/16.

Singapore Management University,  PI: Bruce M. McLaren,   Co-PI: Ken Koedinger  “Intelligent Tutoring for Business Modelling Spreadsheets,”  ($120,000).   Period: 01/01/14 to 06/30/15. 

National Science Foundation (NSF), Transforming STEM Learning (TSL), Award No: DRL-1238619.  PI: Bruce M. McLaren,  Co-PI: Jodi Forlizzi,  “Enhancing Mathematics Education with Educational Games: Can Erroneous Examples Help?”   ($510,518).   Period:  10/01/12 to 03/31/15.    (See the NSF Award Announcement)

U.S. Department of Education (IES),  PI: Michael Timms (WestEd),   Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Douglas Weihnacht  “Voyage to Galapagos: Development of a Differentiated Assistance Model in an Inquiry Learning Environment,”  (Subcontract amount: $237,812)   Period: 03/01/11 to 02/28/14. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) Award No: SBE0354420. PI: Kenneth R. Koedinger, “Pittsburgh Sciences of Learning Center: Robust Learning with Learning Experiments in Real Classrooms.”  McLaren was awarded this project under the learning center grant.  “Worked Examples, Intelligently-Tutored Problems, Erroneous Examples, and Problems to Solve: Which Materials are Best for Different Levels of Learners?”  PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Dave Yaron, Tamara Van Gog  ($91,714).   Period: 01/01/12 to 12/31/13.

U.S. Department of Education (IES), Award No: R305A090460.  PI: Bruce M. McLaren, “AdaptErrEx: Exploring the Learning Benefits of Erroneous Examples and Their Dynamic Adaptations Within the Context of Middle School Mathematics,” ($1,302,928).   Period: 09/01/09 to 07/31/13 (including no-cost extension period).  (See the AdaptErrEx project webpage)

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme on Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (FP7-ICT-2009-5),  PI: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Baruch Schwarz);  Co-PIs: Saarland University (Bruce M. McLaren), Researchers from five other European institutions, “METAFORA - Learning to Learn Together: A Visual Language for Social Orchestration of Educational Activities,"  (Subcontract amount: 230,000 Euros ~= $300,000)   Period: 07/01/10 to 10/01/13.    (See the Metafora project webpage)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation), PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Niels Pinkwart, “Learning to Argue: Generalized Support Across Domains (LASAD),” (Approximate funding over 4 years: 700,000 Euros ~= $1,000,000).   Period: 11/01/08 to 10/31/12. (Notes: (1) There was an initial grant period of 2 years and then an extension of 2 years based on a new proposal. (2) Unlike U.S. grants, DFG allows equal PIs, as opposed to designating a single PI, so McLaren and Pinkwart are equal PIs.)    (See the LASAD project webpage)

Ministry of Education and Science of the Ukraine;  National Aerospace University, PI: Bruce M. McLaren;  “Training of Dr. Andriy Chukhray on Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Studies of Learning,”   ($7,716).  Period: 11/01/11 to 01/01/2012.

U.S. Department of Education (IES), Award No: R305A080093.  PI: Vincent Aleven, Co-PI: Bruce M. McLaren. “Bringing Cognitive Tutors to the Internet: A Website that Helps Middle-School Students Learn Math,” ($1,490,705).   Period: 03/01/08 to 04/30/11.    (See the Mathtutor project webpage)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation),  PIs: Erica Melis, Bruce M. McLaren,  “Adaptive Learning with Erroneous Examples (ALoE),”  (~$250,000).  Period: 09/01/08 to 08/31/10.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Award No: 0627513.  PI: Norman Sadeh, Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Lorrie Cranor, Ljudevit Bauer, and Jason Hong,  “CT-T: User-Controllable Security and Privacy for Pervasive Computing,”  ($1,968,217).   Period: 09/01/06 to 08/31/10.

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Award No: N000140310220. PI: Kenneth R. Koedinger, Co-PIs: Neil Heffernan, Bruce M. McLaren, and Vincent Aleven. “Demonstrating Affordable Behavioral Modeling with CTAT Through Machine Learning and Human-Computer Interaction Techniques,” ($887,362).   Period: 12/01/05 to 11/30/08.  (See the CTAT project webpage)

European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme IST – Technology-Enhanced Learning (STREP Contract No. 027728), PI: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Co-PIs: DFKI (Bruce M. McLaren), Researchers from five other European institutions, “ARGUNAUT – An Intelligent Guide to Support Productive Online Dialogue,”  Period: 12/01/05 to 08/31/08.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Award No: SBE0354420. PI: Kenneth R. Koedinger, “Pittsburgh Sciences of Learning Center: Robust Learning with Learning Experiments in Real Classrooms,”   Period: 10/01/04 to 09/30/14.  McLaren was awarded the following learning center projects under this grant.

  • “Worked Examples, Intelligently-Tutored Problems, Erroneous Examples, and Problems to Solve: Which Materials are Best for Different Levels of Learners?” PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Dave Yaron, Tamara van Gog ($141,700).   Period: 12/01/12 to 12/31/13. (See http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bmclaren/projects/StoichAd/ and https://stoichtutor.cs.cmu.edu/)
  • “Exploring the Assistance Dilemma and Robust Learning in the Context of the Stoichiometry Tutors,” PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Dave Yaron, Ken Koedinger ($83,266).   Period: 01/01/08 to 09/30/09.  (See the Stoich studies webpage)
  • “CTAT: Start-to-Finish Creation of Computer-Based Tutors Without Programming,” PI: Vincent Aleven, Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Jonathan Sewall ($598,990).   Period: 10/01/07 to 09/30/09.   (See the CTAT project webpage)
  • “Supporting Conceptual Learning in Chemistry through Collaboration Scripts and Adaptive, Online Support,” PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Nikol Rummel, Andi Harrer, Hans Spada, Niels Pinkwart ($169,122).   Period: 01/01/07 to 06/30/08.
  • “Improving Algebra Learning and Collaboration through Collaborative Extensions to the Algebra Cognitive Tutor,” PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Nikol Rummel, Mindy Kalchman, Hans Spada ($503,500).   Period: 01/01/05 to 12/31/07.
  • “CTAT: Authoring Tools and Services for Computer-Based Tutors in LearnLab Experiments and Courses,” PI: Vincent Aleven, Co-PIs: Bruce M. McLaren, Jonathan Sewall, John laPlante ($428,528).    Period: 10/01/06 to 09/30/07.  (See the CTAT project webpage)
  • “Studying the Learning Effect of Personalization and Worked Examples in the Solving of Stoichiometry Problems,” PI: Bruce M. McLaren, Co-PIs: Dave Yaron, Ken Koedinger ($44,842).   Period: 08/01/05 to 12/31/05.  (See the Stoich studies webpage)
  • “CTAT: Tools to Author Intelligent and Pseudo-Intelligent Tutors: A PSLC Enabling Technology Proposal,” PI:  Vincent Aleven, Co-PIs:  Bruce M. McLaren, Jonathan Sewall ($785,167).   Period: 10/01/04 to 09/30/06.  (See the CTAT project webpage)