Per WPI's IRB, we require that all interventions that constitute a modification to ASSISTments content and to be delivered to ASSISTments teacher and student users fall within the boundaries of normal instructional practice for K-12 mathematics. You do not need to get your university or institution's IRB to provide the same level of approval, please see our IRB page for additional information.
Develop your study with well-thought out research questions and robust content. Your study can qualify as "normal instructional practice," and pass approval of both WPI's IRB and your IRB, but our E-TRIALS team still needs to assess the content of your work before it can be Deployed to teacher and student users of ASSISTments. Professor Heffernan has described the type of minimally disruptive research we support in E-TRIALS.
With regard to data resulting from the use of E-TRIALS, researchers are provided anonymized data with student, class, and school level variables. It may be possible to use third party information to associate the anonymized data provided by E-TRIALS with individual students or teachers despite our team's best efforts to protect their identities. Student records are protected by FERPA. By using E-TRIALS or the data it provides, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions: