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Simon News, 2015

August 20, 2015

Simon Initiative Hires Learning Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University News

Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative has hired Kimberly P. Law as a learning engineer.


August 13, 2015

New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar Elements

Dietrich College News

CMU psychologists, led by Professor Lynne Reder, uncover a critical relationship between working memory and the strength of information “chunks.”


August 5, 2015

Training PA’s Chinese Teachers

Dietrich College News

Three Modern Language Department professors are working to help improve and strengthen Chinese language and culture instruction.


July 30, 2015

LearnLab Summer School

Carnegie Mellon University News

When Bill Buttlar, a professor and associate dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his colleagues were charged with revamping their graduate program, they decided to attend CMU to learn how to effectively implement cognitive tutors.


June 18, 2015

Google-funded Project Seeks Ways To Meet Growing Demand for Classes

Carnegie Mellon University News

Carnegie Mellon University will begin adding online instructional tools and targeted study groups to a popular introductory computer science course this fall in an effort to accommodate more students while maintaining instructional quality.


June 12, 2015

Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a Tablet

Carnegie Mellon University News

Despite the increasing use of technology, CMU researchers demonstrated that kids still need physical experiments to enhance their learning. Watch a video of the research in action.


June 10, 2015

HCII Welcomes New Simon Initiative Faculty

Human Computer Interaction Institue

The HCII will add three assistant professors to its world-class faculty in August, when Geoff Kaufman and Chinmay Kulkarni will join the community and John Stamper will transition from his systems scientist role.


June 9, 2015

Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the Brain

Carnegie Mellon University News

CMU scientists have — for the first time — documented the formation of a newly learned concept inside the brain, which shows that it occurs in the same brain areas for everyone.


June 5, 2015

GLC to Present Draft White Paper to APLU Member Presidents and Chancellors

Global Learning Council

The Global Learning Council (GLC) will present its draft white paper regarding technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and the sharing of learning data to the Association of Public and Land-grant University (APLU) member presidents and chancellors on June 18, 2015. The GLC was formed in conjunction with the launch of the Simon Initiative at CMU.


April 20, 2015

GLC Releases Draft White Paper for Public Comment: Addresses Key Challenges in Technology-Enhanced Learning, Data Sharing

Global Learning Council

The GLC released a first draft of a white paper that includes proposed recommendations regarding technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and the sharing of learning data. The paper is available for public comment and will be shared with higher education leaders over the next few months.


April 20, 2015

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Carnegie Corporation of New York Grants Carnegie Mellon $1 Million To Support Activities of the Simon Initiative

Carnegie Mellon University News

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded CMU a $1 million, two-year grant, to demonstrate and help promote the use of technology-enhanced learning techniques in higher education.


March 17, 2015

Teaching Science to the Brain: Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover How the Brain Learns the Way Things Work

Carnegie Mellon University News

When you learn a new technical concept, something happens in your brain, but exactly what has been a mystery until now. For the first time, CMU scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts.


January 28, 2015

Freeman Hrabowski, III, Delivers Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture

Freeman Hrabowski, III

Carnegie Mellon University News

Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently challenged Carnegie Mellon University to focus its goodwill, brainpower and expertise in the science of learning to understand the intricacies of race, poverty and academic excellence.


January 4, 2015

The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015

Inside Higher Ed

The days of the lower-division large enrollment course subsidizing the upper-division seminar are over.

Global Learning Revolution at the Nexus

Read CMU President Subra Suresh's op-ed »