ASSISTments Testbed

Welcome to the ASSISTments Testbed. Like shared scientific instruments in other domains (i.e., the Hubble Space Telescope), the ASSISTments Testbed provides the infrastructure necessary for educational researchers to push the boundaries of inquiry.

The ASSISTments Testbed gives scientists freedom to run experiments in authentic learning environments, revolutionizing how learning science research is conducted

What We Do

The ASSISTments Testbed leverages ASSISTments, one of the only evidence-based online learning interventions in the nation, to provide a unique environment for randomized controlled experimentation in authentic learning environments

Design Experiments

We collaborate with researchers to design and conduct cutting edge learning science experiments

Help Students Learn

Our projects have been associated with increased student learning in rural, urban, and suburban schools

Support Quality Research

Our infrastructure is easy to use and supports researchers as they design their experiments

Collect Rigorous Data

ASSISTments has 50,000 users who completed 12 million problems in the 2017-2018 academic year – this data is de-identified and made available for researchers

Case Study: NSF provides $1 million in funding for study conducted on ASSISTments Testbed

Dr. Candace Walkington of Southern Methodist University received $1 million from the NSF to collaborate with the ASSISTments Testbed team. In her project, Dr. Walkington is examining the effects of tailoring algebra question content to students’ career interests. For more info, see Walkington's website.

Research Made Simple

The ASSISTments Testbed is easy to navigate – experimental conditions and content can be customized to address almost any research question

Producing Publications

The ASSISTments Testbed has resulted in 23 published papers with 5 from researchers working independent of the ASSISTments team

"Quite simply, the Testbed is a dream come true for researchers interested in student learning."

- Virginia Clinton, University of North Dakota

Links to Peer Reviewed Publications from the ASSISTments Testbed