Cognitive Games for Policy Argumentation

How might we scale development of policy argumentation skills?  Cognitive games embed intelligent computer tutors in game-like environments to teach policy argumentation skills.  Intelligent tutors can achieve learning gains rivaling that of human tutors by observing how students solve problem and giving them feedback on each step of their problem solving process.  Embedding tutors in games allows us to achieve high levels of learning and interest levels that equal to or better than those in conventional games.


  • Using tutors to improve educational games: A cognitive game for policy argument (Easterday, Aleven, Scheines, & Carver, submitted)
  • Cognitive games for Policy Argumentation (Easterday, 2015)
  • Replay penalties in cognitive games (Easterday & Jo, 2014)
  • Policy World (Easterday, 2012)
  • Political agenda (Easterday & Barahumi, 2014)