Neil Heffernan is the "WILLIAM Smith Dean's PROFESSOR" of computer science at WPI. He developed ASSISTments, a web-based learning platform, with his wife Cristina Heffernan.
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Neil Heffernan: Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies Program at WPI
Neil Heffernan: Creator of ASSISTments
Today, ASSISTments assists thousands of students across the country to improve their math scores. To learn more, visit ASSISTments.
On September 27, 2019, WPI was awarded $8 million from the U.S. Department of Education to scale ASSISTments. On December 15, 2021, we got a second 8 million dollar grant. To support this and Dr. Heffernan's 17 other currently funded projects, ASSISTments is hiring people to join the team.
What does ASSISTments look Like? Here are two videos that explain.
Neil Heffernan: Scientist
Heffernan is an active researcher in the fields of educational data mining and learning analytics. In order to support research in these fields, Dr. Heffernan created the E-TRIALS Testbed, a tool that allows ASSISTments to be used as a platform to do science and support evidence-based practice.
Additionally, Heffernan has been hosting educational data mining competitions like this one on in collaboration with Our Nation's Report Card.
Heffernan was asked to give the keynote to the Artificial Intelligence in Education 2020 Conference where he explained ASSISTments and his vision for crowdsourcing.
Neil Heffernan: Teacher
For over a decade Dr. Heffernan has been teaching one undergraduate AI class (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: CS 4341) and one graduate course in his area (rotating between the three course listed below).
He rotates through these three graduate classes, teaching one each year:
Artificial Intelligence for Adaptive Educational Technology (CS 568). (Last taught Fall 2021, next expected to be taught in Fall 2023-24)
User Modeling, which focuses on educational data mining (CS 565). (Last taught Spring 2020, next expected to be taught in Fall 2022-23)
Special Topics: Online Learning Infrastructure (CS 525) (Last taught Fall 2020, next expected to be taught in 2023-24 [term tbd])
He teaches at the undergraduate level this class:
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS 4341) (last taught Fall 2019, A Term).