Turning textbook highlighting into time well-spent

IMAGE: OpenStax’s low-cost and free online textbooks are used by more than 680,000 college students at more than 2,000 colleges and universities. view more College students love highlighting textbook passages while they study, and a team of researchers in three states will apply the latest techniques from machine learning and cognitive science to help turn that habit into time well-spent. The four-year, $1million research program at Rice University, the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) is one of 18 grants announced today by the National Science Foundation as part of the BRAIN Initiative, a coordinated research effort to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies. “Highlighting is something students naturally do on their own, and we want to create software that can use those highlights to improve both…


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