Promoting self-regulated learning in an intelligent tutoring system for writing

Laura K. Allen, Danielle S. McNamara

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


The Writing Pal (W-Pal) is an intelligent tutoring system that was developed to improve students’ writing proficiency; however, it remains relatively unclear whether and how this system promotes self-regulated learning. In previous studies, we have begun to investigate the characteristics of students’ self-assessments, as well as whether interactions with W-Pal can lead to more accurate self-assessments and better writing performance. Here, we propose a series of three experiments that will test whether and how W-Pal can be used to enhance students’ self-regulated learning strategies and, consequently, influence their writing habits and the overall quality of their essays. These studies will examine the role of self-assessment in the writing process, and investigate how explicit instruction on writing criteria and self-regulated learning strategies can improve students’ writing processes and, ultimately, their writing proficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education - 17th International Conference, AIED 2015, Proceedings
EditorsCristina Conati, Neil Heffernan, Antonija Mitrovic, M. Felisa Verdejo
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783319197722
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2015 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


  • Automated writing evaluation
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Metacognition
  • Self-assessment
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Writing


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