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Fuller Laboratories, 237
Phone: +1-508-831-5569
Fax: +1-508-831-5776

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Neil T. Heffernan

Neil Heffernan enjoys doing educational data mining and running the ASSISTments system. ASSISTments helps schools teach better. It’s a web service hosted at WPI that allows teachers to assign nightly homework or daily class work. Students get instant feedback while teachers get live reports. Professor Heffernan enjoys supervising WPI students in creating ASSISTments content and features. Several student projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications looking at comparing different ways to optimize student learning.

Professor Heffernan also Co-Directs the Learning Science and Technologies Graduate Program. He is always interested in working with new students in solving these problems, and says ASSISTments has been created by WPI students for the world. Professor Heffernan's goal is to give ASSISTments to millions across the US and internationally as a free service of WPI.


  • B.A., Amherst College, 1993
  • M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

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