DEPLOY

Deploy your RCT independently, with our Teachers for Research & Feedback Group, or at scale with all ASSISTments users

Three Types of Deployment

E-TRIALS supports three types of research within ASSISTments. These types are based on your approach to deployment and may alter the type of content we recommend you use. Content manipulation, patterns of assignment, and IRB requirements differ by approach, as highlighted below. If you feel your research goals fall into Auto or ASSISTed Deploy, please contact korinn.ostrow[at]assistments.org to get started.

Auto Deploy

  • Reaches the full student population of ASSISTments (by grade and domain).

  • Take place in a single problem set (often with an immediate posttest).

  • Meant to be assigned in a single session.

  • Typically take place within student supports (hints, scaffolding, common wrong answers).

  • Have historically taken place within existing content, specifically Skill Builders (mastery learning assignments requiring students accurately answer 3 consecutive problems).

  • Teachers naturalistically assign the problem set and random assignment occurs at the student level.

  • Content created or modified must fall within the boundaries of normal instructional practice (per WPI IRB).

  • Requires an expedited IRB exemption from your university or institute to work with anonymized data.

  • Requires project pre-registration with OSF.io for data retrieval.

ASSISTed Deploy

  • Reaches a subset of the ASSISTments population through the Teachers for Research and Feedback group.

  • Take place in any number of problem sets.

  • Can be assigned in a single session or can span multiple days, weeks, or months.

  • Can take place within student supports (hints, scaffolding, common wrong answers) or within problem bodies and answers.

  • Have historically taken place within new, researcher created content, but may also leverage existing content in ways that extend beyond studies deployed automatically.

  • Researchers work with specific teachers to assign content in specific ways; random assignment still typically occurs at the student level but can occur at the teacher/class/school level if teacher recruitment supports these methods.

  • Content created or modified must fall within the boundaries of normal instructional practice (per WPI IRB).

  • Requires a formal IRB process from your university or institute.

  • Requires project pre-registration with OSF.io for data retrieval.

Self Deploy

  • Reaches anyone the researcher recruits independently.

  • Take place in any number of problem sets.

  • Can be assigned in a single session or can span multiple days, weeks, or months.

  • Can take place within student supports (hints, scaffolding, common wrong answers) or within problem bodies and answers.

  • Have historically taken place within new, researcher created content.

  • Researchers work with specific teachers to assign content in specific ways; random assignment still typically occurs at the student level but can occur at the teacher/class/school level if teacher recruitment supports these methods.

  • We urge that content created or modified falls within the boundaries of normal instructional practice.

  • Requires a formal IRB process from your university or institute.

  • Requires project pre-registration with OSF.io for data retrieval.

Teachers for Research and Feedback

A new program that directly connects ASSISTments teacher users with E-TRIALS researchers helps to fuel improvements to math education and the ASSISTments platform. The program is open to any teacher user of ASSISTments. Teachers who sign up become part of the Teachers for Research and Feedback (TFRF) community and receive a free monthly newsletter featuring paid research opportunities, professional development, and first access to education insights. Researchers can also sign up for this newsletter - we suggest doing so if planning to use our ASSISTed Deploy model through TFRF. For more information, visit our Teachers For Research and Feedback site.

LMS Integration

ASSISTments can be embedded into most common Learning Management Systems (LMSs) using IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) 1.1 or 1.3. IMS Global LTI is a non-proprietary standard that many LMSs have adopted to allow integration with external "learning tools". ASSISTments complies with the highest standards of LTI to offer industry-best security when integrating our system with other platforms. Using LTI 1.1 or 1.3, ASSISTments problem sets can be integrated into Coursera, edX, Moodle, Schoology, NovoEd, Blackboard, Canvas or just about any other LMS.

If using our Self-Deploy model to release your study to an independently sourced subject pool, users can use ASSISTments directly or access an assignment through an LMS using LTI. LTI integration does not require teachers and students to create accounts in ASSISTments and will link student performance reports to their LMS accounts, pushing basic reports back for teachers or administrators of the LMS course to view and analyze. Additional data may be requested from our Assessment of Learning Infrastructure data retrieval system for users of our legacy version, and via manual retrieval requests to korinn.ostrow[at]assistments.org for users of our new version associated with Google Classroom.

When using an ASSISTments LTI integration, we recommend connecting to the assignment as a teacher before sharing the link with students or an independently sources subject pool. A teacher account and class will be automatically generated for the assignment, and students or subjects will then be automatically enrolled in that class when they use the link you provide. Connection Specifications and additional instructions particular to use of Moodle, EdX, Schoology, and Canvas are provided below.

LTI Connection Specifications

Website URL for Connecting

https://www.assistments.org/connector/connect


Consumer Key

assistments


Shared Secret

secret


This secret may change. In the future, e-mail assistments-help@wpi.edu if the key and secret are rejected.


Custom Parameters

appid=PS# (where 'PS#' is the problem set ID, starting with "PS")


The PS# represents the problem set you have developed for your randomized controlled trial. You must have an ASSISTments account to develop your study materials and access your problem set ID. Students or subjects accessing the assignment through an integration with an LMS DO NOT require ASSISTments accounts.

https://sites.google.com/site/assistmentstestbed/collecting-data/schoology-example
Schoology LTI
https://sites.google.com/site/assistmentstestbed/collecting-data/lti-moddle
Moodle LTI
https://sites.google.com/site/assistmentstestbed/collecting-data/edx
Edx LTI
https://sites.google.com/site/assistmentstestbed/collecting-data/canvas-example
Using ASSISTments with Canvas