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Sat, April 9, 10:35am to 12:05pm,
Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Independence Salon F
Title: Cognitive Models for Assessment

Cognitive modeling has been actively used to understand human cognition in a wide range of educational research.  However, application of cognitive modeling to educational assessment does not have an extensive history. With a growing emphasis on problem solving skills and inquiry practices, interactive games and simulations are becoming a
common tool for educational assessments. Compared with traditional models, cognitive modeling offers enhanced capabilities to understand complex process data from game/simulation‐based assessments at lower levels of grain size. This symposium will present a few examples of how cognitive modeling is being used to understand and assess cognitive processes in various game/simulation‐based assessments. The benefits and limitations of cognitive modeling approach and the implications to future assessment research will be also discussed.


  • Modeling Science Inquiry in an Interactive Simulation Task ‐ Jung Aa Moon, Educational Testing Service
  • Extending the Aditive Factors Model to Assess Student Learning Rates ‐ Ran Liu, The University of Pennsylvania; Kenneth R. Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Evaluating the Efficacy of Real‐Time Scaffolding for Data Interpretation Skills ‐ Raha Moussavi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Michael A. Sao Pedro, Worcester Polytechnic Institute & Apprendis LLC; Janice D. Gobert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • What Are Mental Models of Electronic Circuits? Basing an Assessment on Computational Simulations of Experts ‐ Kurt VanLehn, Arizona State University ‐ Tempe
  • From Artificial Intelligence to Intelligent Assessment ‐ Michelle LaMar, Educational Testing Service

Chairs: Jung Aa Moon, Educational Testing Service; Michelle LaMar, Educational Testing Service
Discussant : Irvin R. Katz, Educational Testing Service