Korinn Ostrow is a Research Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Policy Studies teaching a Research Methods course for the Learning Sciences & Technologies program during the Fall 2018 semester.
Korinn received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Technologies in May 2018 from WPI, where she was advised by Neil Heffernan and worked in the ASSISTments Lab. Her background is rooted in Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods, with a B.S. in Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and an M.S. in Learning Sciences & Technologies from WPI. Her research focuses on elements of student motivation and engagement within adaptive online learning. She conducts randomized controlled experiments to test cognitive principles and isolate interventions that drive student retention in classwork and homework. Her work has been published at a number of leading conferences that fall at the intersection of educational data mining and learner analytics. Specifically, her interests include examining self-determination theory in the context of online learning; examining the efficacy of learning interventions for student motivation, engagement, and retention; applying experimental methods at scale; conducting randomized controlled trials; and applying learning analytics and educational data mining techniques to data from adaptive learning technologies and intelligent tutoring systems.
Korinn serves as co-PI on an NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) grant that she wrote while completing her dissertation (CIF21 DIBBs: PD: Enhancing and Personalizing Educational Resources through Tools for Experimentation; 1724889, $544,644). The grant spans three years (2017-2020) with a no cost extension year and aims to drastically enhance how researchers use ASSISTments as a research tool. She has since won $2 million from Schmidt Futures for a growing team that she now leads as Project Manager, supporting the design and development of E-TRIALS, an EdTech Research Infrastructure to Advance Learning Science. She also won an additional $3.3 million from an NSF Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) grant to extend E-TRIALS into higher education and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) environments. She leads a diverse team of 9 - including undergraduate and graduate students as well as full time employees, in applying Design Thinking and industry standard UX approaches, with a pilot of E-TRIALS anticipated to launch in April of 2021.
ASSISTments is an online learning platform offered as a free public service of WPI. The tool is well known for uniquely providing students with assistance, teachers with assessment, and researchers with a shared research infrastructure. For more information on ASSISTments, visit www.assistments.org. For more information on how to use ASSISTments as a research tool, visit www.etrialstestbed.org.