Carnegie Mellon University

Affiliated Projects

Projects and programs related to the Simon Initiative at CMU include:

  • Alice - an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game or a video to share online.
  • ArticuLab - studies human interaction in social and cultural contexts as the input into computational systems that in turn help us to better understand human interaction, and to improve and support human capabilities in areas that really matter.
  • Autolab - a course management service at CMU that enables instructors to offer programming labs to their students over the Internet.
  • ChemCollective - supports a community of instructors interested in improving chemistry education through interactive and engaging online activities.
  • Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (CTAT) - a tool suite that enables educators to add learning by doing (i.e., active learning) to online courses.
  • The Children’s School - a laboratory that focuses on developmentally appropriate learning for children between the ages of three and five, rich research and practice experiences for students and constructive collaboration with researchers across CMU’s campus.
  • DataShop - the world's largest repository of learning interaction data.
  • Discourse Affordances for Natural Collaborative Exchange (DANCE) - designs an extension of the edX platform to enhance instructionally beneficial discussion opportunities available to students.
  • IDEA - aims to improve student learning effectiveness, efficiency and enjoyment in online courses by using online learning data to provide constructive feedback to course developers and instructors.
  • IDeATe - connects diverse strengths across CMU to advance education, research and creative practice in domains that merge technology and arts expertise.
  • LearnSphere - creates a community software infrastructure that supports sharing, analysis, and collaboration across a wide variety of educational data.
  • PIER: Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research - an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.
  • RoboTutor - has entered the Global Learning XPRIZE competition and is working to develop software that will revolutionize how children learn basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • SimStudent - a computational model of human learning that allows us to study domain-general mechanisms of skill acquisition, which in turn provides us opportunities to advance theories of machine- and human-learning.
  • TETRAD - a program which creates, simulates data from, estimates, tests, predicts with, and searches for causal and statistical models.