Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
- Combines an online learning platform and support environment with in-person classes
- The goal is to provide comparable or better instruction while reducing costs and time spent
- Provides full courses and learning materials to both learners and instructors at low or no cost while providing the instructor with a platform to track student achievement and progress
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
Students enrolled in post-secondary education
Outcomes and impact
- Increased academic achievement
- Increased credit accumulation and persistence
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Partnerships between educational institutions and internet service providers can ensure that greater numbers of students have internet access and are thus able to take part in open learning curricula.
- Technological specialists can help instructors transition material to online platforms, improving the learning experience for students.
- Creating easy-to-use feedback systems enables instructors to adapt course materials to student preferences.
- Investments in digital infrastructure improvements are often necessary in ensuring that open learning initiatives perform adequately.