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How Shared Scientific Instruments Can Revolutionize the Learning Sciences
Shared scientific instruments help address big challenges in research. The Hubble Space Telescope has helped hundreds of astronomers do studies that none of them could have done if they had to also build the instrument they use. Physicists benefit from shared particle accelerators that are expensive to build and they test their own ideas to better our understanding of the universe. Shared scientific instruments make science more efficient since no single scientist need create and validate the instruments. In this webinar, I will discuss the importance for the shared research infrastructure in the social sciences, particularly the learning sciences, to support open research. I believe nonprofit, university-based platforms can make great strides in the learning science fields by creating shared scientific instruments.

Apr 11, 2019 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Neil T. Heffernan
Director of the PhD Program in Learning Science and Technologies @Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Neil T. Heffernan enjoys doing educational data mining and running the ASSISTments system. ASSISTments helps schools teach better. It’s a web service hosted at WPI that allows teachers to assign nightly homework or daily class work. Students get instant feedback while teachers get live reports. Professor Heffernan enjoys supervising WPI students in creating ASSISTments content and features. He has 6 dozens paper in educational data mining, and 20+ papers in comparing different ways to optimize student learning.