Korinn Ostrow is a Research Scientist in Computer Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Policy Studies teaching a Research Methods course for the Learning Sciences & Technologies program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  

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 serve at the intersection of educational data mining and learner analytics. Her achievements helped garner the honor of being profiled on WPI's website.  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.

Korinn serves as co-PI on an NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) proposal that she organized while completing her dissertation (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. She continues to pursue additional funding to expand research capacities in online learning and welcomes collaborations from around the world.

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.