Join Cristina and Neil Heffernan for a discussion of ASSISTments, a free exercise and assessment platform for teachers and students, and the research project that studies it.

Full recording: audio, text chat, web tour, slides

How to join

  • Follow this link at the time of the event:
  • Wednesday, April 13th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral online room at 6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.
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About the project

The ASSISTments Platform ASSISTS students in learning while it gives teachers assessMENT of their students' progress. The ASSISTments platform is a generic system for any subject from math to English to science. Different researcher teams have funding to build libraries of content in ASSISTments. Currently ASSISTments is best known for the mathematic content inside of ASSISTments, but increasingly individual teachers are using ASSISTments to write their own content which they can share with the other teachers. More than half of the questions in ASSISTments have been built by teachers, and that number is growing fast. You can learn more at our TeacherWiki.

Stats as of April 7th
Total ASSISTments: 80,012
Teacher created ASSISTments: 56,245
Total registered students: 67,390
Completed ASSISTments: 22,354,348
Total problem sets created: 18,828

Event Hosts

Cristina and Neil Heffernan are shown here holding Community Leader for Public Education awards amidst the ASSISTments team. In 2003, Cristina and Neil Heffernan hatched the idea of creating a web site for students to get practice help, and for teachers to get reports. Ms. Heffernan has worked on the project ever since, and is the key teacher trainer, as well as subject-matter expert on the project. She has been personnel on 4 funded grants related to ASSISTments. She supervises a team of a dozen undergraduates working on the project. She also teaches a class to teachers on Formative Assessment Using Technology, as part of the WPI Master of Mathematics for Educators program. Neil is a tenured professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is focused on creating "cognitive models", computer simulations of student thinking and learning, which are then used to design educational materials, practices and technologies. Neil and his colleagues are working in close collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, teams of teachers and WPI graduate students to create the next generation of intelligent tutoring systems.