Learning Sciences & Technologies
WPI researchers in learning sciences are pioneering new educational technologies that have the power to revolutionize the nation’s education system. Faculty and student researchers combine sophisticated computational methodology with strong theoretical frameworks in the learning and social sciences to investigate topics such as instructional technologies, learning with visualizations and simulations, learner characteristics, human-computer interaction, and machine learning. Ongoing research projects focus on intelligent tutoring systems, computer-aided learning systems that encourage inquiry skills in STEM subjects, and educational data mining. Researchers receive steady streams of external funding and work closely with public schools to test and apply their findings.
Assisting and Assessing Learning
Neil Heffernan believes ASSISTments, an online system that tutors students and assesses their progress—makes teaching more effective and learning more powerful for tens of thousands of students.