Neil Heffernan is a professor of Computer Science and the co-director of the PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technologies. He developed ASSISTments not only to help teachers be more effective in the classroom but also so that he could use the platform to conduct studies to improve the quality of education. He is very passionate about educational data mining.
Professor Heffernan enjoys supervising WPI students helping them create ASSISTments content and features. Several student projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications looking at comparing different ways to optimize student learning.
Professor Heffernan's goal is to give ASSISTments to millions across the US and internationally as a free service.