What is the research behind ASSISTments? Does ASSISTments really improve student learning?
- We have shown that student learn more homework if they do it online with ASSISTments giving tutoring as they go as opposed to the control condition representing business as usual where student get feedback the next day in math class.
- Mendicino, M., Razzaq, L. & Heffernan, N. T. (2009) Comparison of Traditional Homework with Computer Supported Homework: Improving Learning from Homework Using Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE). Published by the International Society For Technology in Education (ISTE). 41(3), 331-359.
- We have shown the same effect in classrooms. Most math classes have teachers presenting a lesson and then there is a time for practice independently with a teacher circulating to help kids before they have to go home and do it alone. Student learned more if they got immediate feedback from the computer, compared to a control condition representing what normally happens.
- Razzaq, L., Mendicino, M. & Heffernan, N. (2008) Comparing classroom problem-solving with no feedback to web-based homework assistance. In Woolf, Aimeur, Nkambou and Lajoie (Eds.) Proceeding of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. pp. 426 - 437. Springer-Verlag: Berlin.
Study showing students that used Assistments learned more on a State Test
In this paper we report on the finding that schools that used ASSISTments learned more on the state test compared to a school in the same city that did not adopt ASSISTments.
- Koedinger, K., McLaughlin, E. & Heffernan, N. (2010) A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of an On-line Formative Assessment and Tutoring System. Journal of Educational Computing Research. Baywood Publishing. Volume Number 4 Pages 489 - 510 PDF
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Is ASSISTments a good assessor of student knowledge?
Here is an article that is focused on the assessment results of interest to Educators.
- Feng, M., Heffernan, N.T., & Koedinger, K.R. (2009). Addressing the assessment challenge in an Intelligent Tutoring System that tutors as it assesses. The Journal of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 19,243-266 See here