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Overview

  • Laura Allen joined UNH in 2019 as an assistant professor of psychology. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Foreign Languages from Mississippi State University (2010), followed by a masters (2015) and Ph.D. from Arizona State University (2017). Dr. Allen then worked for two years as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Mississippi State University. The principal aim of her research has been to theoretically and empirically investigate the higher-level cognitive skills that are required for successful text comprehension and production, as well as the ways in which performance in these domains can be enhanced through strategy instruction and training. She has conducted a number of studies to understand how individual differences in cognitive skills and knowledge relate to performance on reading comprehension and writing assessments. This research has revealed numerous characteristics of successful readers and writers, such as their ability to generate inferences, their knowledge of vocabulary, and their ability to flexibly adapt their language across multiple tasks. Further research has endeavored to develop a more specific understanding of these individual differences through multi-dimensional computational analyses of the texts that students produce. This line of empirical research strategies has naturally been accompanied by a second line of work that explores how educational technologies can be leveraged to facilitate learning. For instance, she has recently begun work on the development of the Writing Assessment Tool (WAT), which aims to provide researchers, students, and teachers with automated analyses of writing. The overall goal of this research is to develop a tool that will have a broad impact on current practices in writing research and instruction across multiple dimensions.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Contrasting Writing Practice Formats in a Writing Strategy Tutoring SystemJournal of Educational Computing Research.  57:723-754. 2019
    2019 Individual Differences in Higher Order Thinking in Reading Comprehension.AERA Online Paper Repository2019
    2019 Literacy: From the Perspective of Text and Discourse TheoryJournal of Language & Education Volume.  5:56-69. 2019
    2019 Modeling the dissemination of misinformation through discourse dynamicsMisinformation and Fake News in Education.  159-159. 2019
    2019 Writing flexibility in argumentative essays: a multidimensional analysisReading and Writing.  32:1607-1634. 2019
    2018 Cohesion network analysis of CSCL participationBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers Behavior Research Methods Behavior Research Methods.  50:604-619. 2018
    2018 Cohesion network analysis of CSCL participation.Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers Behavior Research Methods Behavior Research Methods.  50. 2018
    2018 Comprehension and writing strategy training improves performance on content-specific source-based writing tasksInternational Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  28:106-137. 2018
    2018 Comprehension in a Scenario-Based Assessment: Domain and Topic-Specific Background KnowledgeDiscourse Processes.  55:510-524. 2018
    2018 Memory, Comprehension, and LearningHandbook of Research Methods in Human Memory2018
    2018 Toward an integrated perspective of writing as a discourse process. 2018
    2017 Five building blocks for comprehension strategy instructionReading Comprehension in Educational Settings.  16:125-125. 2017
    2017 Investigating Affect in Writing from an Evidence-Centered Design Perspective 2017
    2017 Modeling Comprehension Processes via Automated Analyses of Dialogism.Grantee Submission2017
    2017 Multimodal learning analyticsThe Handbook of Learning Analytics.  1:129-141. 2017
    2016 COMMON CORE TERAAdaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction.  49-49. 2016
    2016 Cohesive Features of Deep Text Comprehension Processes.Grantee Submission2016
    2016 Computer-Based Writing Instruction.Grantee Submission2016
    2016 Generating a map of ideasJournal of Architectural Education.  70:54-55. 2016
    2016 Incorporating learning characteristics into automatic essay scoring models: What individual differences and linguistic features tell us about writing quality.Journal of Educational Data Mining.  8:1-19. 2016
    2016 Linguistic Signatures of Cognitive Processes during Writing.Grantee Submission2016
    2016 THE WRITING PALAdaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction.  204-204. 2016
    2016 Taking control: Stealth assessment of deterministic behaviors within a game-based systemInternational Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  26:1011-1032. 2016
    2016 The Narrative Waltz: The Role of Flexibility in Writing Proficiency.Journal of Educational Psychology2016
    2016 The role of language development in the successful comprehension of textsThe cognitive development of reading and reading comprehension.  87-99. 2016
    2016 Toward Revision-Sensitive Feedback in Automated Writing Evaluation.Grantee Submission2016
    2016 Writing analytics for epistemic features of student writing 2016
    2015 A hierarchical classification approach to automated essay scoringAssessing Writing.  23:35-59. 2015
    2015 Automated detection of essay revising patterns: Applications for intelligent feedback in a writing tutor.Grantee Submission.  10:59-79. 2015
    2015 Does agency matter?: Exploring the impact of controlled behaviors within a game-based environmentComputers & Education.  82:378-392. 2015
    2015 From generating in the lab to tutoring systems in classroomsThe American journal of psychology.  128:159-172. 2015
    2015 Higher order thinking in comprehensionHandbook of individual differences in reading: Text and context.  164-176. 2015
    2015 How to Visualize Success: Presenting Complex Data in a Writing Strategy Tutor.Grantee Submission2015
    2015 Keys to detecting writing flexibility over time: entropy and natural language processingJournal of Learning Analytics.  2:40-54. 2015
    2015 Spendency: students’ propensity to use system currencyInternational Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  25:407-427. 2015
    2015 Who Do You Think I Am? Modeling Individual Differences for More Adaptive and Effective Instruction.International Educational Data Mining Society2015
    2015 You Are Your Words: Modeling Students’ Vocabulary Knowledge with Natural Language Processing Tools.International Educational Data Mining Society2015
    2015 iSTART-E: Desarrollando un tutor inteligente para la comprensión lectora de estudiantes de habla hispanaProceedings of FLAIRS. AAAI Press, Orlando, FL2015
    2014 A Multi-Dimensional analysis of essay writingMulti-dimensional analysis.  25:197-237. 2014
    2014 A preliminary geographic distribution map of Elachistocleis muiraquitan Nunes de Almeida & Toledo, 2012 (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae)Check List.  10:388-391. 2014
    2014 Analyzing discourse processing using a simple natural language processing toolDiscourse Processes.  51:511-534. 2014
    2014 L2 writing practice: Game enjoyment as a key to engagement 2014
    2014 Linguistic Microfeatures to Predict L2 Writing Proficiency: A Case Study in Automated Writing Evaluation.Grantee Submission.  7. 2014
    2014 Reading comprehension components and their relation to writingLAnnee psychologique.  114:663-691. 2014
    2014 Self-inflicted burns: a systematic review of the literatureJournal of Burn Care & Research.  35:102-119. 2014
    2014 The Importance of Grammar and Mechanics in Writing Assessment and Instruction: Evidence from Data Mining.Grantee Submission2014
    2014 The Writing Pal intelligent tutoring system: Usability testing and developmentComputers and Composition.  34:39-59. 2014
    2013 Developing Pedagogically-Guided Algorithms for Intelligent Writing Feedback.Grantee Submission.  8:362-381. 2013
    2013 Evaluative misalignment of 10th-grade student and teacher criteria for essay quality: An automated textual analysis.Journal of Writing Research.  5. 2013
    2013 The Impact of Individual Differences on Learning with an Educational Game and a Traditional ITS.Grantee Submission.  8:315-336. 2013
    1993 Computer programs to facilitate research and education in surgeryThe Journal of burn care & rehabilitation.  14:566-567. 1993
    ABEJAS DE LAS ORQUÍDEAS DEL MANU LEARNING CENTRE ORCHID BEES OF THE MANU LEARNING CENTRE
    Abejas de las orquídeas del Manu Learning Centre Orchid bees of the Manu Learning Centre
    Assessment and Instruction: Evidence from Data Mining
    Designing Usable Automated Formative Feedback for Intelligent Tutoring of Writing
    Erica L. Snow, Aaron D. Likens, Laura
    Exploration of Automated Writing Strategy Instruction for Adolescent Writers Using the Writing Pal Annual Report for Award R305A120707 Reporting Year 1 (July 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013)
    Learning with Text: Toward a Multi-Dimensional Perspective on Text-Based Communication
    Orchid bee responses to human disturbance are best detected by measuring abundance and community redundancy.
    Reading Tools
    Toward Revision-Sensitive Feedback in Automated Writing Evaluation

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 NLP: Getting Computers to Understand Discourse.  224-236. 2018
    2018 Situation models in language comprehension and memory.  xiii-xiv. 2018
    2018 The design implementation framework: Iterative design from the lab to the classroom.  76-98. 2018
    2016 Commercialized writing systems.  145-162. 2016
    2016 Common Core TERA: Text Ease and Readability Assessor.  49-68. 2016
    2016 The Criterion¯ Online Writing Evaluation Service.  163-183. 2016
    2016 The Writing Pal: A writing strategy tutor.  204-224. 2016
    2015 The dynamical analysis of log data within educational games.  81-100. 2015
    2014 Making the Most Out of It: Maximizing Learners’ Benefits from Expert, Peer and Automated Feedback across Domains 2014

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2019 Are You Talking to Me? Multi-Dimensional Language Analysis of Explanations during ReadingProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. 116-120. 2019
    2019 Automated Summarization Evaluation (ASE) Using Natural Language Processing ToolsInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 84-95. 2019
    2018 A multi-dimensional analysis of writing flexibility in an automated writing evaluation systemProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. 380-388. 2018
    2018 Automated Writing Instruction and Feedback: Instructional Mode, Attitudes, and RevisingProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 2089-2093. 2018
    2018 Recurrence quantification analysis as a method for studying text comprehension dynamicsProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. 111-120. 2018
    2017 Keystroke Dynamics Predict Essay Quality.CogSci. 2017
    2017 Recurrence quantification analysis: A technique for the dynamical analysis of student writingThe Thirtieth International Flairs Conference. 2017
    2017 Teaching iSTART to understand SpanishInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 485-489. 2017
    2017 Using natural language processing tools to develop complex models of student engagement2017 Seventh International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII). 542-547. 2017
    2017 What’D you say again?: Recurrence quantification analysis as a method for analyzing the dynamics of discourse in a reading strategy tutorProceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference. 373-382. 2017
    2017 Writing analytics literacy-bridging from research to practiceACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2017
    2016 $$ENTER$$ing the Time Series $$SPACE$$: Uncovering the Writing Process through Keystroke AnalysesEducational Data Mining. 2016
    2016 Critical perspectives on writing analyticsProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. 481-483. 2016
    2016 Document cohesion flow: striving towards coherence38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: Recognizing and Representing Events. 764-769. 2016
    2016 Investigating boredom and engagement during writing using multiple sources of information: the essay, the writer, and keystrokesProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. 114-123. 2016
    2016 Modeling individual differences among writers using ReaderBenchEDULearn16: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. 5269-5279. 2016
    2016 Time evolution of writing styles in Romanian language2016 IEEE 28th International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI). 1048-1054. 2016
    2015 Am I wrong or am I right? Gains in monitoring accuracy in an intelligent tutoring system for writingInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 533-536. 2015
    2015 Are you reading my mind?: modeling students’ reading comprehension skills with natural language processing techniquesProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge. 246-254. 2015
    2015 Change your Mind: Investigating the Effects of Self-Explanation in the Resolution of Misconceptions.CogSci. 2015
    2015 Predicting misalignment between teachers’ and students’ essay scores using natural language processing toolsInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 529-532. 2015
    2015 Promoting metacognitive awareness within a game-based intelligent tutoring systemInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 786-789. 2015
    2015 Promoting self-regulated learning in an intelligent tutoring system for writingInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 827-830. 2015
    2015 Pssst... textual features... there is more to automatic essay scoring than just you!Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge. 203-207. 2015
    2015 You’ve got style: detecting writing flexibility across timeProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge. 194-202. 2015
    2014 Entropy: A stealth measure of agency in learning environmentsEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 Now We’re Talking: Leveraging the Power of Natural Language Processing to Inform ITS DevelopmentEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 The importance of grammar and mechanics in writing assessment and instruction: Evidence from data miningEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 The long and winding road: Investigating the differential writing patterns of high and low skilled writersEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 Tracking choices: Computational analysis of learning trajectoriesEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 Who’s in control?: categorizing nuanced patterns of behaviors within a game-based intelligent tutoring systemEducational Data Mining 2014. 2014
    2014 Writing quality, knowledge, and comprehension correlates of human and automated essay scoringThe Twenty-Seventh International Flairs Conference. 2014
    2013 Are you committed? Investigating interactions among reading commitment, natural language input, and students’ learning outcomesEducational Data Mining 2013. 2013
    2013 Cohesion-based prompt effects in argumentative writingThe Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference. 2013
    2013 Does size matter? Investigating user input at a larger bandwidthThe Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference. 2013
    2013 Expectations of technology: A factor to consider in game-based learning environmentsInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 359-368. 2013
    2013 Expectations of technology: A factor to consider in game-based learning environmentsInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 359-368. 2013
    2013 IncQuery-D: incremental graph search in the cloud.BigMDE@ STAF. 4-4. 2013
    2013 Investigating the effects of off-task personalization on system performance and attitudes within a game-based environmentEducational Data Mining 2013. 2013
    2013 Linguistic content analysis as a tool for improving adaptive instructionInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 692-695. 2013
    2013 The impact of performance orientation on students’ interactions and achievements in an ITSThe Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference. 2013
    2013 The impact of system interactions on motivation and performance in a game-based learning environmentInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. 103-107. 2013
    2013 Using automated indices of cohesion to evaluate an intelligent tutoring system and an automated writing evaluation systemInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 269-278. 2013
    2013 Using automatic scoring models to detect changes in student writing in an intelligent tutoring systemThe Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference. 2013
    2011 Internal usability testing of automated essay feedback in an intelligent writing tutorTwenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference. 2011

    Teaching Activities

  • Adv Sem/Cognition Taught course 2020
  • Psychology of Language Taught course 2020
  • Psychology of Language Taught course 2020
  • Psychology of Language Taught course 2019
  • Full Name

  • Laura Allen