Carnegie Mellon University

Simon News, 2019

July 2, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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CMU HCII

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

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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

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Carnegie Mellon Rolls Out Open Learning Science Tools

INSIDE HIGHER ED

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

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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

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

EdSurge

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

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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

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OpenSimon Toolkit to Make Every Classroom a Learning Laboratory

MarketWatch

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

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Carnegie Mellon to Share Research Methods

INSIDE HIGHER ED

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


April 12, 2019

Teaching at CMU

Two Research Projects To Close 'Opportunity Gap' for Students

CMU HCII

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

Learnlets

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

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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

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

Lumen

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


April 3, 2019

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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

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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

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Carnegie Mellon to Open Up Its Digital Learning Tools

INSIDE HIGHER ED

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

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

EdSurge

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

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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

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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

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

EdSurge

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

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Forbes

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