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Continuing Education Opportunities Online: Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.

  • Immediate feedback helps students assess their own learning and study effectively.
  • All courses are free to independent learners and most are free to academic students.
  • Secure log-in allows students to easily return to where they last left off in their course.

The most powerful feature of web-based instruction is that it allows us to embed assessment into every instructional activity. With the students’ permission, we collect real-time data of student-use in those activities.

This data makes possible the corrections, suggestions, and cues that are tailored to the individual students’ current performance and gives educators an unprecedented opportunity to stay in tune with many aspects of their students’ learning.