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Dr. Valerie Shute is the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor of Education in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems department at Florida State University. Her general research interests involve the design, development, and evaluation of advanced systems to support competencies. Towards this end, she’s been involved in (a) exploratory and confirmatory tests of aptitude-treatment interactions using the controlled environments offered by intelligent tutoring systems, (b) student modeling research (currently evangelizing the use of evidence-centered design), and (c) developing automated knowledge elicitation and organization tools.
An example of Dr. Shute’s current research involves using immersive games with stealth assessment to support learning of cognitive and noncognitive knowledge and skills. Another example of current research involves externalizing mental models and assessing the understanding of complex phenomena. Towards that end, she and her colleagues are developing a suite of model-based tools that are used to evaluate understanding and provide the basis for informative and reflective feedback during instruction. She has been awarded many grants to support her research. Current grants include a $600,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support “Developing Stealth Assessments for Use in Digital Games”, a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to support “Stealth Assessment in Portal 2”, a $2,800,000 grant funded by the Florida Department of Education for “Florida K-3 Mathematics Formative Assessment System-Common Core State Standards”, and a $2,000,000 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support “An Alternate Statewide Assessment Strategy that Uses Test Results to Support Learning and Includes Measures of Problem Solving”.
In her position as a professor for FSU she teaches classes such as Assessment Seminar: Advanced Topics in Assessment, Research Foundations: Literature Review, Inquiry and Measurement in Instructional System Design, and Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction. She was nominated for the FSU teaching award in 2009.
She has been featured in many articles about her research accomplishments, such as being the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant, and her research in Stealth Assessment. Similarly, NPR interviewed her on her Quest to Learn research funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
Dr. Shute earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive/Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984. She held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Learning Research and Development Center.