A tool for deliberate practice in text based courses. Ponder offers automatic assessment and feedback on a wide variety of practice assignments.
Automatic Assessment and Feedback
Research shows that deliberate practice informed by rapid formative assessment and feedback is an effective and engaging way to learn. Ponder is designed to facilitate deliberate practice with rapid formative assessment through mechanisms for automatic assessment and feedback on a variety of practice assignments. Ponder makes it possible to plan subjects with large amounts of deliberate practice and immediate formative assessments in text-based subjects.A key goal with Ponder is to take practice assignments from the first level in Blooms taxonomy, which is about remembering, to deeper forms of learning and understanding. Ponder enables a wide swath of practice assignments with automatic assessment and feedback in a variety of subjects.
Integration and Flexibility
Use one of our digital interfaces for solving practice assignments, or integrate Ponder to your digital learning management system (LMS). When a student finds Ponder assignments in your LMS, their work is automatically stored to their LMS user. Data is processed, sent and stored safely in the LMS.Ponder is designed to be an application for everyone. By following best practices in universal design for the development of Ponder, we wish to achieve total accessibility for all types of users. To further improve our product, we would really appreciate your feedback.
Intuitive interface for making AI-powered assignments
Teachers make assignments by filling out a simple form.
(ii) Assignment instructions
(iii) Teaching goals (assessment criteria)
(iV) Subject and grade level
(v) Suggested answer (optional).Instructors have control over the style of the feedback. Creating these tasks is easier than creating good multiple-choice questions. By uploading all or parts of the curriculum in the subject, the system can tailor feedback to match the language and content of the curriculum.
Quality Control and Learning Analytics
Give students exercises that are tailored to their needs and current level.Ponder offers an intuitive system for doing quality control of AI-generated feedback. The system also collect anonymized data for learning analytics. These data kan be used to determine difficulty for individual practice assignments, and to detect assignments with instructions that are hard to understand.
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Disputas was founded in 2019 by Anders Næss Evensen, Andreas Odland Netteland and Paal Fredrik Skjørten Kvarberg. Our progress was accelerated by the financial support of several Norwegian state institutions. The team now includes programmers, designers and advisors.The idea for our project was born from a need felt at Norwegian Universities, and we have been lucky to be mentored by professors at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen. We have also benefited greatly from the help of many volunteers and interns. This page introduces the persons and organisations behind Disputas.
Anders Næss Evensen
Anders Næss Evensen has studied languages for several years, and has a master degree in language technology from UiO. He has many years of experience working as a data-analyst at Itera. In Disputas, Anders has overall responsibility for the backend and functionality related to artificial intelligence and language technology.
Paal Fredrik S. Kvarberg
Paal Fredrik Skjørten Kvarberg has a master's in philosophy from the University of Bergen, and has studied sociology and computer science at the University of Oslo. His article on computer-assisted learning of critical thinking skills was recently published to a peer-reviewed journal. Paal coordinates activities at Disputas and works actively with the design and development of Ponder.
Jon Axel Rosen
Jon Rosén has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Bergen and is now pursuing a master's in philosophy at the University of Oslo while simultaneously doing a masters in psychology (profession), also at UiO. Jon has been with Disputas since the summer of 2020. He is continuously striving to make the interaction with Ponder easy, educational and fun.
Solveig Selseth Nygaard
Solveig Nygaard Selseth holds a master degree in philosophy and is now pursuing a degree in computer science at the University of Oslo. Solveig contributes to setting up the infrastructure for the AI models we use to check semantic similarity in practice tasks.
Martin Skurtveit has a bachelor's degree in computer science from NTNU. He is employed as a senior developer and team lead at SIKT, where he develops the infrastructure for educational technology in Norway. At Disputas, Martin is responsible for universal design, agile processes, and organisational procedures.
Frans Joakim Titulaer
Frans Joakim Titulaer is a software engineer with experience from teaching and regulation of learning technology. He has a masters degree in science and technology studies from the University of Oslo, and has worked for the educational agency of Oslo state municipality. He recently completed the SALT applied technology boot-camp and is quickly building expertise as a full-stack developer. At Disputas, Frans works with both the design and frontend of Ponder.
Vahid Niamadpour holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics specializing in Teaching Methodology and Argumentation. He is a former visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University. With over 15 years of teaching experience at high school and university levels, he has demonstrated expertise in teacher training, language assessment, and syllabus design. Additionally, he is interested in Large Language Models (LLMs) and Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Terms of service
Last updated: 19.03.2022
We collect and process personal data from visitors of our website and users of the Service.2 Purpose, types of personal data and legal basis for processing
In connection with the registering and management of your Service user account, we process the following personal data:
Name and surname
Date of birth
Year of study and place of studyThis personal data which is collected when you create a user account will be used to deliver the Service to you and to manage your user relations with us. This involves connecting your user data to the texts you produce in so that you can easily manage and recall your work. In addition, the data will be used to create statistics of the userbase.For any processing that is described in this section, the legal basis for processing is either GDPR Article 6 a) (consent), Article 6 b) (agreement), or Article 6 f) (legitimate interest).The purpose of processing personal data in relation to your user account, is for us to use personal data to create data on the Service based on demographics and place of study, and to offer a better user experience.2.2 Interactive data processing related to the use of the Service
In relation to your use of the Service, certain information of your interaction with the program, such as comments, analyzes, classifications and assessments that you perform in the program, will be registered (“Interaction data”). This information will be processed in order for us to offer you access to the tools and services, in addition to making it easier for you to access your own Interaction data. The legal basis for processing Interaction data is either GDPR Article 6 a) (consent) or Article 6 b) (agreement).We will also connect your Service user account data to the Interaction data you produce. We process this information with the purpose of creating statistics to improve our services. The legal basis for this data processing is GDPR Article 6 f) (legitimate interest).2.3 Anonymization of interactive data
Interaction data we collect from you will be stored in a database which is separated from your user data and your personal information. If you wish to delete your user account, any connection between the Interaction data, user data and personal data will be removed in a way which makes the Interaction data fully anonymized and impossible to track back to you as a person. This means that we can and will keep any Interaction data that you have produced if you delete your user account or request your personal information to be deleted.We will also, regardless of whether you have deleted your account or requested deletion, periodically anonymize Interaction data for the purposes of developing our services or to cooperate with third parties. We may also hand over anonymous data to research institutions for research purposes.2.4 Cookies
Disputas reserves the right to store personal data connected to your user account for as long as needed, and for a maximum time of twelve months. This reservation does not apply if the user requests the data deleted in accordance with GDPR Article 17.3.1 Who do we share personal data with?
Our providers of ICT-services will have access to personal data if the data is stored at the provider, or if the provider gets access to the personal data in accordance with an agreement with us. This will for instance apply to our provider of cloud services, Google Cloud.
Personal data we collect about you will be stored in Google Cloud. This means that Google has insight in the stored personal information, as Google is responsible for the security of the storage. In order to minimize the security risks associated with using Google as a data processor, we make sure your personal data is saved exclusively on servers within the EEA, and we avoid saving sensitive personal data on their servers in case of a security breach. We find there to be an overall low risk of harm, both in likelihood and potential severity.3.3 Sharing of data with academic institutions
The user has full ownership of its personal data. By using the Service, you are given the rights described in the GDPR Chapter 3, including the right to:
Withdraw your consent: If the user wishes to withdraw any consent regarding the processing of their personal data, this can be done at any time.
Request erasure or rectification: If the user wishes erasure or rectification of personal data we process, this will be arranged by Disputas. We will however remind the user that anonymous Interaction data created by the user will not be deleted, as they are not personally identifiable on their own. Only identifiable data will be erased or changed.
Get insight into any personal data we hold about you: We give insight in the personal data connected to the user upon request.
Have your personal data delivered to you (data portability): The user may have its data delivered in a digitally portable fashion upon request.If you disagree with the way we process your personal data, you can contact us or the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.5 Security
Disputas can be reached via email to email@example.com. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority protects your right to privacy, and can be reached on https://www.datatilsynet.no/en/about-us/contact-us/.
Terms of service
Last updated: 30.08.2021
1 - About the service
The Service is a web-based application which helps students understand the line of reasoning in a text by interpreting, modelling and evaluating content using functions inspired by innovative language technology. The Service makes analytical methods, visual instruments and language technology tools available, simplifying and assuring quality in the reading and writing process for students.
2 - Purpose of the Terms
3 - General conditions
3.1 Ownership of the Service
Disputas and our subcontractors do not guarantee the suitability, reliability, availability, security or accuracy of the Service. All information, software, products, tools and services are provided “as is” without any guarantees.Disputas and our subcontractors shall under no circumstances be held responsible for losses or damages in any form which may occur in connection with the use of the Service and our applications, as far as is possible within applicable legislation.3.5 Compensation
You agree to replace, defend and keep Disputas indemnified against and from any foreseeable claims, losses, expenses or damages stemming from your own use, misuse or inability to use our Service.
4 - Conditions regarding user generated content
The Service lets users create their own content (“User generated content”) on the website. The user can choose to share the content with other users on the website. The content which can be created and shared using the Service includes, but is not limited to, texts, illustrations and argument maps.When you create and share User generated content, you commit to not
upload intellectual property in violation of the copyright of third parties,
provide your own or others’ personal information, including personal contact information,
provide your own or others’ private user information such as passwords,
harm the Service or the website’s functions,
cause damage or loss for Disputas or other users,
use the Service to spread threatening, offensive or discriminatory messages about identifiable persons or groups. We do not tolerate unreasonable content at the expense of others regarding their ethnicity, skin colour, culture, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, outlook on life or disability.We reserve the right to remove content in the Service or on the website that is against the guidelines above or Norwegian law without prior notice. The same applies to attempted violations. We also reserve the right to exclude users who are behind such content, should the user repeatedly or seriously violate these guidelines.The company is not responsible for damage or loss occurring in connection with the use or sharing of User generated content. If the user causes a loss for Disputas by acting in violation of the guidelines for User generated content, this act shall be considered as a basis for liability for a possible claim from Disputas.We reserve the right to keep User generated content in the Service indefinitely. This applies even if the user account behind the content has been deleted. We remove User generated content from the Service if the user behind the content requests it, but we keep any language models that are built using the content.4.2 Copyright to User generated content
You keep the copyright to your intellectual property that is uploaded to the website by using the Service. The copyright includes texts and illustrations that are the result of your individual and creative effort, see the Copyright Act section 2.When you upload, share or process your intellectual property in the program, Disputas and other users of the program are given a limited right to use this intellectual property. By uploading a text in the program, the company is given an indefinite and irrevocable license to read, use, copy, process, share and sell all or parts of the intellectual property. As long as the website’s functions allow for it, other users of the Service are given a right to read, use, copy, process and share User generated content that you upload publically on the website. In return, we give you a free right to use the Service.By accepting these terms, you waive the right to be named as author in accordance with the Copyright Act section 5.4.3 Copyright to compiled Interaction data and AI-models
The website registers interaction with the Service as structured data (“Interaction data”), which we also collect. Interaction data are anonymous, aggregated data that for instance may contain information on how a user finds the lines of reasoning in a text.Interaction data is used by us in order to train language models which can be used in innovative language technologies. This Interaction data is processed and compiled by us in a way that new intellectual property arises that is protected by the Copyright Act, meaning we have the full rights to Interaction data, language models and any other intellectual property that arises in this way. This means that we have the right to keep this data indefinitely, regardless of whether your user account is deleted.4.4 Third parties’ copyright to intellectual property
5 - Privacy and storage of data
Text content (analysis text)
Text content the user enters in a text field.
Uploaded articles, blog posts and other textual content written by others and published in external channels.
Textual content in comments that are made by the user in the analysis text, including rewriting of annotated textual content made by the user.
Classification of textual content into informal logical categories, including premises and conclusions.
Rewriting of the content in the analysis text into informal logical categories, and partly new and new textual content organized in such categories.
User generated evaluation
Data regarding evaluations of claims and arguments made by users. The evaluations will be made using a quantitative rating scale where the user can express how likely it is that certain statements are true or false, and how strong they think the arguments are.
Personal data connected to annotated data
Data regarding demographics, age, career and grades as supplied by educators, and other personal information about the users within applicable rules and regulations.
6 - Cookies
7 - Other conditions
7.1 Changes to the Terms
This agreement is governed solely by Norwegian law. Other countries' regulations are without relevance for this agreement. International conventions only apply as long as this is prescribed by Norwegian law.7.4 Territorial jurisdiction (venue)
If a dispute arises between Disputas and the user in connection with the use of the website or the Service, or in connection with the processing of the user’s data, the parties shall try to resolve the dispute by coming to an agreement. If no agreement is reached, a possible lawsuit must be filed at our venue in Oslo District Court, see the Disputes Act section 4-6 first paragraph. The rules regarding venues in the Disputes Act section 4-3 to 4-5 do not apply.By agreeing to these terms, the Norwegian courts’ competency is extended to apply to cases where a lawsuit could have been raised in a foreign or international conflict resolution body, see the Disputes Act section 4-6 second paragraph. Foreign or international conflict resolution bodies cannot be used without consent from Disputas.