Carnegie Mellon University

Simon News, 2019

December 23, 2019

teamwork-teaching-tools-900x600-min.jpgTeamwork Teaching Tools Improve Student Projects

Two interactive tools created at Carnegie Mellon University break down the basics of effective teamwork to help students work better together as they tackle group projects.

December 23, 2019

dmp-levels-900x600-02-min.jpgDiscrete Math Primer Levels Educational Playing Field

A program built from Carnegie Mellon University’s OpenSimon Toolkit aims to prepare students for their first college-level math course before they even step on campus.

December 18, 2019

e-literate_logo.pngAnnouncing a Lesson-level Interoperability Standards Effort


Announcing a project aimed at making it easier to share interactive digital content at the lesson level as well as to establish baseline educational analytics for digital curricular materials.

December 9, 2019

insidehighered201x201.jpgCan Technology Make Grading Fairer and More Efficient?


"Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative’s courseware...can improve student performance while significantly easing the burden of grading." 

December 6, 2019

yahoofinance_logo.pngD2L and the Empirical Educator Project form innovation Partnership 

Yahoo! Finance

D2L Becomes a Laboratory for the EEP Community to Promote and Test Educational Practices.

September 27, 2019

brucemclarenweb.jpgHCII's McLaren Will Promote Educational Technology in Chile


Fulbright Program Sponsors Three-Month Sojourn in Valparaiso. Bruce McLaren believes the moment is right to raise the status of educational technologies in Chile.

July 2, 2019

jim_garret_switch.jpgCarnegie Mellon Shares $100 Million in Teaching Research and Resources

University Business

The OpenSimon Toolkit is a suite of resources that includes platforms for designing and delivering open courseware, intelligent tutor authoring, chatbot frameworks, and more.

June 27, 2019

norm_lumen.jpgCMU, Lumen Learning Partner Delivery and Support of Evidence-Based Courseware

Open Learning Initiative

Two leading providers of evidence-based learning materials, Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and open education innovator Lumen Learning, today announced plans to provide coordinated delivery and support for OLI courseware. Through this partnership, OLI's historical strength in learning engineering is complemented by the Lumen Team's expertise in how to deliver, promote and support learning materials implemented at scale. 

 June 25, 2019

scheines-richard.jpgWill open-source learning engineering tools help all of #highered adopt new best-practice pedagogies faster?

Helix Education

Dr. Richard Scheines, Dean of Carnegie Mellon Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University joined the podcast to discuss the community they’re hoping to build around learning engineering and their OpenSimon initiative. Also on Facebook.

May 16, 2019

Jack MostowCarnegie Mellon Educational Software Slated for Pilot Project in Zambia


RoboTutor LLC, a team based at Carnegie Mellon University that was a finalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, has announced that its educational apps will be used to teach 10,000 children basic reading, writing and mathematical skills in the Republic of Zambia.

May 15, 2019


Carnegie Mellon Releases Learning Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed

The Journal

Last week, Carnegie Mellon University officially introduced OpenSimon, a community and collection of tools dedicated to "[catalyzing] a revolution in learning and teaching" for higher education and K-12.

May 8, 2019


Carnegie Mellon Rolls Out Open Learning Science Tools


Carnegie Mellon University has begun publicly releasing a massive suite of learning science tools it's developed for proprietary use over the last decade.

May 8, 2019


Carnegie Mellon launches teaching toolkit for classrooms

Pittsburgh Business Times

Carnegie Mellon University announced Tuesday that it had launched OpenSimon, a learning engineering community that will provide a wide range of tools and content to educators.

May 8, 2019


With Flip of a Giant Ceremonial Switch, CMU Starts Effort to Energize ‘Learning Engineering’


For a moment this week, the provost of Carnegie Mellon University looked a bit like a game show host as he grabbed the lever of an oversized switch and called on an audience to join him in a countdown—“5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” Then, he toggled the cardboard lever and declared open a new website, one that gave away software that took more than $100 million in grant funding to develop.

May 7, 2019


OpenSimon Toolkit To Make Every Classroom A Learning Laboratory

The Street

Carnegie Mellon University launched OpenSimon — a learning engineering community that will catalyze a revolution in learning and teaching for the world's educational institutions. Central to this effort is the release of the OpenSimon Toolkit.  This suite of tools, educational resources and underlying codebase includes many of the instruments that Carnegie Mellon's learning scientists invented for their own research and are being used to improve the quality of courses taught in CMU classrooms today.  Altogether, this collection represents more than $100 million in research and development effort. 

May 7, 2019


OpenSimon Toolkit to Make Every Classroom a Learning Laboratory


Carnegie Mellon University launched OpenSimon — a learning engineering community that will catalyze a revolution in learning and teaching for the world's educational institutions. Central to this effort is the release of the OpenSimon Toolkit.  This suite of tools, educational resources and underlying codebase includes many of the instruments that Carnegie Mellon's learning scientists invented for their own research and are being used to improve the quality of courses taught in CMU classrooms today.  Altogether, this collection represents more than $100 million in research and development effort.  

April 17, 2019


Carnegie Mellon to Share Research Methods


Carnegie Mellon University has signed up for an institutionwide license to -- an open-access research method sharing platform.

April 12, 2019

Teaching at CMU

Two Research Projects To Close 'Opportunity Gap' for Students


A pair of separate, but complementary, research projects led by Carnegie Mellon University will use cutting-edge research in motivation, thinking, culturally affirming teaching, and human-computer interaction to galvanize a community of teachers, mentors, and parents around improving math achievement. 

April 11, 2019

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Learning Tools and Uni Change


As part of a push for Learning Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University recently released their learning design tools. I’ve been aware of CMU’s Open Learning Initiative for a suite of reasons, and their tools for separate reasons. And I think both are good. I don’t completely align with their approach, but that’s ok, and I regularly cite their lead as a person who’s provided sage advice about doing good learning design. Further, their push, based upon Herb Simon’s thoughts about improving uni education, is a good one. So what’s going on, and why?

April 10, 2019


IHE’s Expert Roundup: What Kevin Carey Got Right and Wrong

Inside Higher Ed

High quality online education – delivered in a synchronous seminar-like format by regular faculty or asynchronously, incorporating advanced interactives, sophisticated simulations, virtual laboratories, adaptive pathways, frequent formative assessments, and a great deal of constructive feedback provided by well-qualified teaching assistants – is not only extremely expensive to develop and deliver, but exceedingly rare.

April 10, 2019

CMU Campus

Carnegie Mellon, Lumen Learning Partner To Expand Support for Evidence-based Learning Materials


Mission-aligned collaboration demonstrates promising model for continuously improving effectiveness of learning materials.

April 3, 2019


Learning Science for All

Inside Higher Ed

Carnegie Mellon spent millions of dollars developing tools to help instructors improve their teaching. Now other institutions are invited to use them, too.

March 28, 2019


Carnegie Mellon to Release Toolkit for Learning Research

Campus Technology

An individual who won both the A.M. Turing Award for his contributions to artificial intelligence in 1975 and the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1978 is the inspiration behind Carnegie Mellon University's decision to make many of its own learning tools, software and content openly available over the next year.

March 27, 2019


Carnegie Mellon to Open Up Its Digital Learning Tools


Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative plans to make dozens of software tools it has developed to enable "learning engineering" freely available and open source, EdSurge reported. The report says that the initiative's leaders hope that by turning some of its tools into open-source products instead of software to be commercialized, they can "keep things rooted in the research that’s driving its effectiveness," as one put it.

March 27, 2019


Hoping to Spur ‘Learning Engineering,’ Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software


In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify.

March 21, 2019


The Future of Education

Simon Initiative

Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, delivered the 2019 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture titled “The Future of Higher Education: Three Forces with the Capacity to Transform America's Colleges and Universities."

February 25, 2019

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Free Templates Help Clear Obstacles to Educational Research

Campus Technology

Two universities have shared free tools to help reduce the obstacles involved in conducting ethical educational research. Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University have both created templates that others can use when they want to study students as part of research work involving teaching practices.

February 21, 2019


How One Professor Made Her Assignments More Relevant

THE CHRONICLE of Higher Education

Tanya Martini worked hard to make assignments in her psychology courses relevant to students’ lives. Even so, her students sometimes wrote in their course evaluations that they found those assignments pointless. 

February 15, 2019


Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.


Many professors try new teaching approaches or new digital tools in their classes, but few actually study whether the changes work any better than the old way.

January 17, 2019

insidehighered201x201.jpgCreating a More Collaborative Higher Education Ecosystem

Inside Higher Ed

Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative is a suggested tool for collaborative course development.

January 15, 2019

top10.jpgTop Ten Forbes Technovation Columns Of 2018


Forbes Technovation's most-read column of 2018 features RoboTutor, Global Learning XPRIZE finalist.