ReaderBench: An Integrated Cohesion-Centered Framework

Mihai Dascalu, Lucia Larise Stavarache, Philippe Dessus, Stefan Trausan-Matu, Danielle S. McNamara, Maryse Bianco

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ReaderBench is an automated software framework designed to support both students and tutors by making use of text mining techniques, advanced natural language processing, and social network analysis tools. ReaderBench is centered on comprehension prediction and assessment based on a cohesion-based representation of the discourse applied on different sources (e.g., textual materials, behavior tracks, metacognitive explanations, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – CSCL – conversations). Therefore, Reader‐Bench can act as a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) which incorporates both individual and collaborative assessments. Besides the a priori evaluation of textual materials’ complexity presented to learners, our system supports the identification of reading strategies evident within the learners’ self-explanations or summaries. Moreover, ReaderBench integrates a dedicated cohesion-based module to assess participation and collaboration in CSCL conversations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World
Subtitle of host publication10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15-18, 2015, Proceedings
EditorsGráinne Conole, Tomaž Klobučar, Christoph Rensing, Johannes Konert, Élise Lavoué
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-24258-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-24257-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event10th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning EC-TEL 2015: Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 15 Sept 201518 Sept 2015

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference10th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning EC-TEL 2015
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2015
Internet address


  • textual complexity assessment
  • Identification of reading strategies
  • comprehension prediction
  • Participation and collaboration evaluation


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