Below are the 14 funded projects Dr. Heffernan is currently conducting. They are worth more than $18 million. They all rely on ASSISTments.
(His total list of 45 grants, including completed ones, is $54 million.)
Projects THAT Enhance ASSISTments
The projects below are aimed at enhancing the ASSISTments experience.
LIVE CHART is a tool that helps teachers and students in real time. The tool allows teachers to know which students are on task and which students need assistance.
National Science Foundation $750,000 (pending)
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 $500,000
Projects THAT TEST ASSISTments
The projects below aim to test the outcomes of ASSISTments.
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. If you are interested in using the E-TRIALS platform, please reach out to Dr. Heffernan!
E-TRIALS is being used to give pretest, posttest and random assignment to researchers who study learning. Our system streamlines the research process and allows researchers to conduct studies at a high speed and low cost.
National Science Foundation $500,000, Schmidt Futures $2 million
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. This project extends the testbed to allow students to write their own questions.
National Science Foundation $1,000,000
WPI Professors Dr. George Heineman and Dr. Neil Heffernan are funded to build quick-reply tools for use in an Algorithms course at WPI.
National Science Foundation, $300,000 (pending)