The Simon Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

Harnessing a Learning-Engineering Ecosystem

Amy Ogan and Judith Uchidiuno

Making Education Technology Work for Everyone

Educators often talk of an "opportunity gap"— academic achievement differences between students who come from privileged backgrounds and those who are less fortunate. CMU’s Amy Ogan sees this gap as both a challenge for technology and an opportunity to do better. Ogan and other Simon Initiative members presented on this and other issues around around technology enhanced learning (TEL) at the 2017 Global Learning Council Summit.


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Carnegie Mellon’s RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE Semifinals

XPRIZE is attempting to address the acute shortage of teachers in developing countries by funding an international competition to create open-source Android tablet apps that enable children ages 7-10 to learn basic reading, writing and math skills without requiring adult assistance. Apps were created in both English and Swahili.

Nearly 200 teams from 40 different countries entered the competition. Following an evaluation and pilot test, RoboTutor, led by CMU’s Jack Mostow, is one of 11 remaining teams competing for five $1 million finalist prizes.

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.