Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
Funded by the Hewlett Foundation and housed and Carnegie Mellon University, this project which grew out of a Mellon funded project on Causal reasoning, focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of Online college level courses in Causal and Statistical Reasoning, Logic, Chemistry, Economics, and Statistics. My work focuses on the evaluation portion of the project. The evaluations range from simple effectiveness and dissemination studies to more fine-grained and complex studies of learning and instructional component analyses. In addition, I am examining issues of how we should think about Online learning in terms of its benefits and disadvantages to Liberal Arts Education, to the wide range of potential users in the United States and in Latin America. This is a three year project and there is room for students to do special projects. Jorge Larramendy, from Colombia, works as a visiting faculty on this project with me.