Below are the 15+ funded projects Dr. Heffernan has that are generating over 18 million in research expenditures (His total list of 50+ grants, is for over $50 million in funding of which 35 million came to WPI.)
Projects THAT Enhance ASSISTments
The projects below are aimed at enhancing the ASSISTments experience.
This project supports the crowdsourcing of teachers hints to benefit all ASSISTments users. NSF just funded work to extend this to common wrong answer messages.
Office of Naval Research $400,000 & $800,000 from NSF
This project aims at creating a “human-in-the-loop” system for building high-quality student affect detectors and interventions for classroom use.
National Science Foundation, $750,000
This project uses cutting-edge AI to scrape YouTube for educational videos to show to students as they complete their math homework and classwork.
National Science Foundation, $1,400,000
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
The EIR Mid-Phase will be used to help expand ASSISTments to new users across the country. The funding will be used to improve the user experience and provide professional development for teachers.
U.S. Department of Education, EIR $8,000,000
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 provides pretests, posttests, and randomly assigned experimental learning interventions to students. Our system streamlines the research process and allows researchers to conduct studies at high speeds and low costs.
National Science Foundation $3,800,000
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
Dr. Jodi Daveport and Nicole McNeil are using ASSISTments as part of thier IES study. They have a development award and the two conditions (treatment and control) of their study wiill be built in ASSISTments..
Institute of Education Sciences $2,000,000
This fellowship provides funding to train students to use AI for educational technology. Professor Heffernan supports Ph.D. and Masters students.
U.S. Department of Ed, $900,000
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