Internship Program in Technology Supported Education (IPTSE)

MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India

Winter School (December 9-23, 2013)

With sponsorship from the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center

Instructors: Bhiksha Raj, Rita Singh, Amy Ogan, Erin Walker, and Sethu Selvi


This internship program in technology-supported education, now in its 5th year, draws on a selection of broad areas that at times has included mobile learning, educational games, technology-assisted language learning, computer-assisted collaborative learning, intelligent tutors, machine learning, educational data mining, human-computer interaction, as well as speech and language technologies. The goal is to create an international bridge between institutions of higher learning in India and Carnegie Mellon University, which is at the forefront of research both in technology and in the learning sciences in the U.S., and even worldwide.

This internship program provides valuable research training opportunities for Indian undergraduates through a partnership between one of India's premier technical universities and one of the top ranking schools of computer science in the world, with the goal of expanding the pool of talented young researchers in India. A secondary goal is to provide a mechanism through which ongoing research partnerships can form and flourish between researchers at institutes for higher learning in India and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, such as taking the form of co-advised B-Tech projects. And finally, the internship program directly benefits the infrastructure for education in India as a biproduct of the research projects the students will engage in. As part of the internship program, participants will focus on topics relevant to education in India, and in the developing world more generally.

The internship program is composed of two stages. In the first stage, students apply to participate in a two-week winter school in early December in India. During these two weeks, students will attend lectures that will cover research and research methodologies, tools and techniques, insights about theory and practice, and a broad overview of the field of technology-supported education. Students will participate in team projects, which will be presented in demo sessions at the end of the winter school. Students who successfully complete the winter school will be invited to apply for research internships at Carnegie Mellon University. Successful applicants for stage two will be matched with internship advisors for a summer internship at Carnegie Mellon University's main campus in Pittsburgh, USA, for the summer. Some financial support for the summer internship may be available.