The Open Learning Initiative


Scaling OLI Research Results

Acrobatiq’s evidence-based approach to courseware and learning analytics is grounded in the pioneering work of Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI). We are privileged to build upon CMU and OLI’s long history in human-computer interaction, cognitive science and software engineering. Acrobatiq will continue to partner with OLI on research projects and bring the proven findings to market on a larger scale.

OLI was established in 2001 as a grant-funded, non-profit project initially supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Since then, OLI has created dozens of online courses based on the findings of learning science and field-tested at dozens of institutions by thousands of learners.

Supported by academic leaders worldwide, OLI remains a vital part of CMU’s ongoing research in designing online courseware and measuring its impact on student learning outcomes.

Leadership in Course Design, Technology & Proven Results

For the past 12 years, OLI has been focused on creating exemplars of online learning environments via the application of technology, learning science and a research-based approach.    You can learn more about OLI’s research projects and results.

The Future

Going forward, The Open Learning Initiative and more broadly, The Simon Initiative will continue to lead Carnegie Mellon’s  research in the science of learning by:

  • Leveraging and advancing learning science research in conjunction with current technology to improve education at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Developing broad and deep collaborations with institutions, researchers, companies and other leaders in higher education and learning research.
  • Researching, defining and promoting the discipline of Learning Engineering.
  • Developing data-driven, scientifically-based sustainable approaches to improve and transform higher education.

If you are interested in learning more about OLI’s current research projects, or participating in an ongoing study, please contact us.

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