Funded Projects

Below are the 14 funded projects. 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.

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 Futures $300,000 plus other philanthropy

DRIVER-SEAT will provide teachers with a quick and effective way to respond to student online homework.

National Science Foundation $750,000

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 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. 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

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

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)