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.

 
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  • ivon-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Ivon Arroyo
    Department: Social Science & Policy
    Title: Assistant Professor

    The Journal of Educational Psychology published Professor Arroyo & Colleages’ paper “Gender Differences in the Use and Benefit of Advanced Learning Technologies for Mathematics.”

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: David C. Brown
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Professor

    Challenging students to produce intelligent interface design and to bring focus on human-computer interaction in the educational process.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Joseph E. Beck
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Assistant Professor

    With a background in math, computer science, and cognitive science, Beck’s research is focused on educational data mining.

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  • cs-profile-heffernan

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Neil Heffernan
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Associate Professor

    Through ASSISTments, a web-based system that blends tutoring assistance and performance assessment, Heffernan is working to transform the educational process for math, science and beyond.

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