The Simon Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

Harnessing a Learning-Engineering Ecosystem

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Scientists, Power and the Power of Scientists

Watch a video of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council, deliver the 2017 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture.


Can There Be a Microscope of the Mind?

Michael Feldstein goes beyond analogies and looks at the actual state of some cutting-edge cognitive science because lot of educators are skeptical or even cynical regarding the potential relevance of this work to the ways that they think about teaching. By exploring the science in some detail, he attempts to show that having a basic understanding of even foundational research that has no direct classroom applications can stimulate the thinking of classroom educators in useful ways.

Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social

California community colleges are taking part in a chatbot tool pilot aimed at getting students to interact and help each other with coursework. The collaborative tool was developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Why Simon?

Named for the late Nobel and Turing Award laureate Herbert Simon, this initiative harnesses a cross-disciplinary, learning-engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU with the goal of measurably improving student learning outcomes. Learn more.