Neil Heffernan, ASSISTments co-founder and WPI professor is spearheading innovative crowdsourcing research to help educators and students. That’s part of what inspired him and his wife, Cristina, to found ASSISTments in 2003, a free math learning program that provides students with instant feedback on problems and gives educators data about student performance.
“The job of any faculty member is so insanely difficult I want to make technologies that help them triage in simple cases,” Heffernan says. “We want to help the teachers in the easy cases so they can spend more time on the hard cases.”
Listen to this podcast where ASSISTments co-founder Dr. Neil Heffernan joins Michael Palmer to talk about how his career interweaves great teaching, computer science, and “ASSISTments” – a set of digital tools designed to make homework assignment and evaluation more efficient.Continue Reading