CMU subsidiary Acrobatiq launches to improve learning outcomes in higher ed - CTTEC - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

CMU subsidiary Acrobatiq launches to improve learning outcomes in higher ed

Beginning in August, Acrobatiq will look to bring a different approach to improving learning outcomes in higher education to a much wider audience.

A spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University's Open Leaning Initiative, Acrobatiq will offer customizable courseware, learning analytics and consulting services to educational institutions looking to improve learning outcomes for students.

The OLI approach, which was developed by CMU and focuses on building learner-centered courseware that is informed by the science of learning, will serve as the foundation of Acrobatiq's methodologies.

The company said its formation will accelerate the pace of innovation and provide a financially sustainable model to develop courses and analytics more quickly, while also making them more widely available to four-year universities, community colleges and for-profit schools across the country.

"We are thrilled to have the backing of CMU and the talent we need to bring the proven findings of OLI to market on a larger scale," Acrobatiq CEO Eric Frank said in a statement. "With Acrobatiq, more institutions and their faculty and students will benefit from data-driven courses and learning analytics built on the science of how people learn."

Several key members of the former OLI team will serve on Acrobatiq's management team. The company said they are committed to supporting current OLI users without interruption and will honor all existing agreements between OLI and institutions, even those that were discounted or free. Additionally, the company will continue to maintain a catalog of free and openly licensed courses and make its tools available to education researchers at no cost.

Article courtesy of Pittsburgh Business Times