The Simon Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

Harnessing a Learning-Engineering Ecosystem

Online Learning
Online Learning: Lonely No More

CMU’s Carolyn Rosé believes MOOCs have fallen short in one area that she is working to fix: incorporating the social aspects that are essential to learning into the curriculum. Rosé has been researching and developing software to improve online support and to help students virtually collaborate in ways that enhance what they learn.

Maggie Braun will discuss an inventive seminar course that helps students’ personal development by focusing on the scientist rather than science.Vincent Allen
Summit To Showcase Innovative, Effective Strategies for Teaching, Learning

The inaugural Teaching & Learning Summit will be an opportunity for faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and staff to discuss and exchange teaching strategies and explore how educational research at the university can be applied in classrooms. Daniel Willingham, a renowned cognitive psychologist, author, and debunker of educational myths, will give the keynote address on “Critical Thinking: Why is it so hard to teach?”

Vincent Allen
Adapting the Digital Tutor

More than ever, digital tutors are teaching eager learners. CMU’s Vincent Aleven sees big opportunities for digital tutors, backed by his 20 years of research in artificial intelligence in education. His current research is making them more adaptive to the similarities and differences of learners.

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.