Korinn Ostrow is a 5th year PhD student in Learning Sciences & Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is advised by Neil Heffernan, and serves as a proud member of the ASSISTments Research Team.  
Korinn earned her M.S. in Learning Sciences & Technologies in May, 2015. Her background is rooted in Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods, with a B.S. in Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Her research is focused in 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 serve at the intersection of educational data mining and learner analytics. Her achievements helped garner the honor of being profiled on WPI's new and improved website. You can find her profile here.

She also recently authored an NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) proposal that was awarded to PI Neil Heffernan (CIF21 DIBBs: PD: Enhancing and Personalizing Educational Resources through Tools for Experimentation; 1724889, $494,644).  The grant will span three years (2017-2020) and aims to drastically enhance how researchers use ASSISTments as a research tool.

Her research interests include examining self-determination theory within 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.

ASSISTments is an online adaptive tutoring system 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 powerful scientific instrument.  For more information on ASSISTments, visit www.assistments.orgFor more information on how to use ASSISTments as a research tool, visit www.assistmentstestbed.org.