Professor Neil T. Heffernan

WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute
ASSISTments & Research Related Issues
  • I am well-known for the web-based system I created called ASSISTments. ASSISTments has been featured by the New York Times and other reputable media outlets. Read about my work under the Press link. 
  • On December 7, 2016, I gave a talk at the White House about the results of the ASSISTments platform. invited to the White House to present upon the results of ASSISTments. 
  • Based on the results of many replication studies, ASSISTments is proven to be 'highly effective' time and time again. Please read more about the ASSISTments replication studies. 
  • This video explains the results from the efficacy trial of ASSISTments conducted by SRI and published in an AERA Open journal article.
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  • Most folks think that ASSISTments is a great public service, and it is, but a less understood aspect of ASSISTments is it's also used as a shared scientific instrument. Click here  or here for pieces I wrote about the importance of shared scientific instruments. In October 2016, I gave a talk at the White house about shared scientific instruments. Here is what I prepared ahead of time and shared with the groups. With the funding of the NSF, ASSISTments has been used, in partnership with a dozen other universities, as a shared scientific instrument to conduct randomized controlled trials. See these examples here. If you want to propose a randomized controlled trial to do inside ASSISTments, learn more here
    • We remove any information from datasets that identifies individual students. You can access to all of our data here
 Teaching:

               In addition to his AI research and work with the ASSISTments Foundation, Dr. Heffernan teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses at WPI. These            courses include but are not limited to:

    • Artificial Intelligence for Adaptive Educational Technology (CS 568).
    • User Modeling, which focuses on educational data mining (CS 565).
    • Special Topics: Online Education (CS 525).
    • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS 4341).
Other stuff:
  • I direct multiple grant-funded projects spending about a million dollars a year. 
  • The ASSISTments team just released docASSIST, a Google docs add-on.
  • The ASSISTments team has also  just released a Google App for Google Classroom to make it easy for schools to integrate ASSISTments into the classroom.  

                Learn more about my work and the ASSISTments platform:

My orcid# is  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3280-288X