As you Develop and Deploy your study it is important to remember that WPI's IRB requires all interventions created within ASSISTments (via E-TRIALS) and/or deployed to ASSISTments users fall within the boundaries of normal instructional practice. E-TRIALS use also requires that researchers receive - in the very least - an IRB exemption from their university or institution to access anonymized data. If using our ASSISTed Deploy model by working with our TFRF group or adding survey questions that likely extend beyond the bounds of normal instructional practice in mathematics, additional IRB Requirements may be imposed.
Legacy Data Requests
Once you have Developed and Deployed your study, you will want to access and analyze resulting anonymized data in order to Disseminate your findings. Although most ASSISTments users now access ASSISTments through Google Classroom, if you are using an Auto-Deploy or ASSISTed Deploy approach, your study may still reach teacher and student users of the legacy version of ASSISTments. You can request data from these users automatically using a Legacy Data Request.
New System Data Requests
Most ASSISTments users are now using ASSISTments through Google Classroom - their anonymized data will NOT appear in a Legacy Data Request reports. If your report does not generate data as expected and/or to request access to anonymized data from users of ASSISTments through Google Classroom, please contact email@example.com.
You may have already received anonymized data from users of ASSISTments through Google Classroom and are now looking for a Data Glossary. If you find variables are left undefined, please contact korinn.ostrow[at]assistments.org for more information.
OSF Data Storage
If you have used our Auto-Deploy or ASSISTed Deploy approaches, you will most likely be reaching the majority of our users, those using ASSISTments through Google Classroom.
Once you have requested anonymized data that captures these users by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, we suggest that - if you haven't already - you create a project page for your research with the Open Science Foundation (OSF). We support the OSF's emphasis on open science and data transparency and their project pages offer a way to preregister your work and store data publicly for citation. The OSF even makes it easy to register a free DOI for your project page(s), making citation clean and stable, indefinitely. An E-TRIALS team member can work with you to host this data on your OSF project page if you need assistance.
We also remind you that we support open science and data transparency and urge you to do so as well. You can cite a legacy data report directly (this paper offers an example) and shorten URLs if desired. All legacy data reports will be archived for such purposes. You can also cite data from our new system by creating an OSF project page for your work and hosting the data you receive as part of a public project or registration.
If you wish to cite ASSISTments as a tool for research, we suggest using any of the following works:
Heffernan, N. & Heffernan, C. (2014). The ASSISTments Ecosystem: Building a Platform that Brings Scientists and Teachers Together for Minimally Invasive Research on Human Learning and Teaching. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. 24(4), 470-497. [Full Text]
Ostrow, K., Selent, D., Wang, Y., Van Inwegen, E., Heffernan, N., & Williams, J. J. (2016). Assessment of Learning Infrastructure (ALI): The Theory, Practice, and Scalability ofAutomated Assessment. Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. [Full Text]
Ostrow, K.S., Heffernan, N.T., & Williams, J.J. (2017). Tomorrow’s EdTech Today: Establishing a Learning Platform as a Collaborative Research Tool for Sound Science. Teachers College Record, 119(3), 1-36. [Full Text]