The Mathematical Discourse Teaching Simulator (MDTSim) is a web-based multi-modal chat tool designed to provide mathematics teachers with opportunities to develop high-leverage teaching practices. Users of the tool adopt the role of a teacher and interact with a virtual student by exchanging written text, visualizations, graphs, or other virtual manipulatives. At the end of the conversation, the tool provides automated formative feedback. The tool supports a wide range of use cases, with customizable scenarios and virtual students played by human actors or AI-chatbots.
Assistant Professor, James Madison UniversityJim Bywater is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at James Madison University. His scholarship focuses on the design, development, and implementation of intelligent tools that support high-quality teaching and learning practices. Jim leads development of the scalable architecture and educational applications.