Funded Projects

Below are a variety of Dr Heffernan's projects. They're currently funded at a total of more than $16 million and rely on ASSISTments, a web-based instructional platform.


(His total list of 42 grants, including completed ones, is $50 million.)

Projects THAT Enhance ASSISTments

The projects below are aimed at enhancing the ASSISTments experience.

We crowdsource excellent teacher comments so all ASSISTments users can benefit!

Office of Naval Research $400,000

QUICK COMMENTS uses AI to personalize teacher feedback for students.

Schmidt Foundation $300,000 plus other philanthropy

DRIVER-SEAT, or the Dialogue Reinforcement Infrastructure for Volitional Exploratory Research - Soliciting Effective Actions from Teachers, will provide teachers with a quick and effective way to respond to student online homework.

National Science Foundation $750,000

Sometimes, students get frustrated while completing homework. They will either give quit the assignment, or try the problem again and again incorrectly. We use AI to detect when students persevere unproductively.

National Science Foundation $516,892

Projects THAT TEST ASSISTments

The projects below aim to test the outcomes of ASSISTments.

Our Effectiveness Trial scales ASSISTments into different context in the U.S. to test its effectiveness.

Institute of Education Sciences $3,800,000

Our Efficacy Trial seeks to confirm whether ASSISTments is effective in North Carolina, a setting which closely reflects the population of the U.S.

Institute of Education Sciences $3,300,000

Projects THAT USE the E-trials Testbed

E-trials is an open research platform that relies on ASSISTments.

We provide A/B testing infrastructure to help researchers study learning. Our system allows researchers to conduct studies more quickly and at lower costs than if they had to build their own testbed.

National Science Foundation $500,000

Dr. Candace Walkington is using the E-TRIALS Testbed to examine if students authoring algebraic problems so they connect to career interests improves learning outcomes.

National Science Foundation $1,000,000

Dr. Erin Ottmar is using the E-TRIALS Testbed to examine the relationship between physicality and gestures on algebraic learning outcomes.

Institute of Education Sciences $3,200,000

other projects

Fellowship to train student to use AI for educational technology. Professor Heffernan supports Ph.D. and Masters students.

U.S. Department of Ed, $900,000

Dr Heffernan is funded to raise awareness of the Role of Big Data in Education, and to run data mining competitions.

National Science Foundation $1,000,000