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Open Learning Initiative Courses

by Gerry Hanley
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These are courses that have been developed by Carnegie Mellon for the Open Learning Initiative ( "We use knowledge from learning science and the affordances of the web to transform instruction, significantly improve learning outcomes and achieve significant increases in productivity in post secondary education. •Produce exemplars of scientifically based online courses and course materials that enact instruction and support instructors •Provide open access to these courses and materials •Develop a community of use, research & development that contributes to the evaluation, continuous improvement, and ongoing growth of the courses and materials." The first link below is to the Open Learning Initiative while the other 17 items are the courses currently available.

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Open Learning Initiative (OLI)

Added 02/04/2011
This is the webpage that explains the Open Learning Initative at Carnegie Mellon. In addition to the courses listed below, there are links to Research, Publications, and Presentations.

Engineering Statics

Added 02/04/2011
"Statics is a sophomore level engineering course, offered in all mechanical and civil engineering programs. We study methods of quantifying the forces between bodies, for example parts of mechanical, structural, and biological systems."

Probability and Statistics

Added 02/04/2011
"The Probability and Statistics course is comparable to the full semester course on Statistics taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Your access includes the complete online course including all expository text, simulations, case studies, comprehension tests, interactive learning exercises, and StatTutor. The course covers the topics of Exploratory Data Analysis, Producing Data and Study Design, Probability and Statistical Inference."

Statistical Reasoning

Added 02/04/2011
"The Statistical Reasoning course is the same as the Probability and Statistics course except that it includes a new streamlined probability option that forgoes the classical treatment of probability in favor of an empirical approach using relative frequency. There is an early focus on probability distributions as a way to describe patterns arising in a long series of repetitions of random phenomenon. This approach includes only those concepts that are necessary to support a conceptual understanding of the role of probability in inference. Examples use contexts from real world problems and simulations set in real world contexts."

Causal and Statistical Reasoning

Added 02/04/2011
"The material in Causal and Statistical Reasoning examines the nature of causal claims and the statistical sorts of evidence used to support them. This course contains: 1.approximately 20 content modules, 2.a repository of over 100 short case studies, and 3.a "Causality Lab" that allows students to simulate the work a social scientist does in trying to discover what causes what from data. 4.a cognitive tutor that teaches D-separation."

Modern Biology

Added 02/04/2011
"This introductory course in "Modern Biology" covers topics found in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. It does not cover organismal biology or taxonomy. This course is a requirement for biology majors at Carnegie Mellon University. The course is carefully planned to provide the background biology students will need for advanced biology classes. Non-biology majors will also find this course useful as it explains many of the concepts and techniques currently discussed in the popular press."


Added 02/04/2011
"Biochemistry is an introductory course that explores the relationship between chemical principles and biological function. This one semester course is required for chemical engineering and biology majors at Carnegie Mellon University."

Review of Stoichiometry

Added 02/04/2011
"The learning experience in the Stoichiometry course is constructed from the following types of components: 1.Videos that introduce the scenarios and chemical concepts, and provide worked examples of stoichiometry computations. 2.Scaffolded homework activities provide learners with hints and feedback on an as-needed basis, and fade this help appropriately such that learners remain challenged but not floundering. 3.Virtual laboratory activities that couple the mathematics of the course with authentic chemistry experiments, helping learners see how their calculations relate to chemistry practice. The Virtual Laboratory is a simulation-based learning environment for aqueous chemistry. It allows learners to select from hundreds of standard reagents and manipulate them in a manner that resembles that of a real lab.

Equilibrium and Acid/Base Chemistry

Added 02/04/2011
"Chemical equilibrium, and its application to acid-base chemistry and solubility, is widely viewed as one of the most challenging topics to learn in an introductory chemistry course. This course is the outcome of two years of research on what makes this topic difficult to learn and how we can improve instruction. Our research revealed two important ideas that are essential to understanding chemical equilibrium, but are either absent or downplayed in traditional instruction. The first is the central importance of the "progress of reaction" coordinate to reasoning about chemical equilibria. The second is the existence of a "majority-minority species strategy" that can be used to reason about the types of chemical reactions that occur most commonly in acid-base chemistry and other application areas. Our research shows that instruction centered around these ideas substantially improves student performance on challenging problems involving chemical equilibrium."

Modern Chemistry Video Survey

Added 02/04/2011
"This online course is based on the 2005 version of Modern Chemistry II (course number 09-106) taught at Carnegie Mellon University. The course contains a full semester of lectures interspersed with concept quizzes, practice problems and virtual lab activities. The course is broken up by topic into units and modules."


Added 02/04/2011
"The Introductory Economics course is a collection of online experiments and related online workbooks which can be used by individual learners or to supplement an instructor lead course. In each experiment a student is an active participant attempting to make deals with other traders in a market. After each experiment, the data the students generated is stored and the student will use this data to complete an online workbook. The workbook guides the student through the analysis and much of the economic theory needed to understand the related experiment. In these experiments the student is both a participant and an observer. •As a participant the student will be able to experience firsthand the issues that all economic agents must confront. •As an observer, the student will see that the economic theory explains the complex interactions of the participants in the experiment in which he/she has participated. Students often report that they learn nearly as much about economic principles from their experience as a participant as they do from their analysis of the experiment as an observer."

French 1

Added 02/04/2011
"Each of the 15 lessons follows the same structure of activities: •Introduction: presentation of communicative and cultural goals for the lesson •Communication 1: Recognize sounds and words in a video dialogue. •Mots et expressions: Learn to repeat and understand parts of dialogues. •Structures: Study the grammatical basis of the spoken dialogues. •Sons: Learn the sound system of the language. •Communication 2: Learn to understand and produce French. •Univers culturel: Study aspects of French and francophone cultures. •Activités de synthèse: Use your French in writing and speaking activities.

Elementary French 2 Online

Added 02/04/2011
"The French courses are introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet. Each course is divided into five thematic modules, with three lessons within each module. Each lesson is designed to take approximately one week to complete so working though an entire course will take the average learner approximately fifteen weeks. Completing both courses will require two semesters or approximately thirty weeks. Each lesson opens with a video dramatization that sets the context for the lesson. Parts of the video are then replayed in a variety of interactive activities and tutors. Each video in the course was written specifically to serve as the foundation for the lesson in which it is used. These high quality videos were produced with French actors on location in France so the speech and movements and contexts are authentic. The beginning of each lesson is always a set sequence, from simple recognition of language in a video dialogue, through explicit learning of grammar and pronunciation, to written and spoken production of variations on that language. After this ordered beginning, a number of activities are offered to the student in which the language learned is used in understanding new texts, sounds or videos or in creative production (conversation or writing)."

Logic and Proofs

Added 02/04/2011
"Logic & Proofs is an introduction to modern symbolic logic. It provides a rigorous presentation of the syntax and semantics of sentential and predicate logic. The distinctive emphasis is on strategic argumentation."

Physics With the Andes Workbench

Added 02/04/2011
"The Andes Physics course currently provides over 500 problems that are suitable for both calculus and non-calculus introductory physics courses at the college or advanced high school level."

Empirical Research Methods

Added 02/04/2011
"Empirical Research Methods course bridges the gap between the mathematical foundations of regression and its practical application." Although the course is still under development, it is being made available.

Visual Communication Design

Added 02/04/2011
This course is conducted through a number of videos. It consists of 4 different units.

Computational Discrete Mathematics

Added 02/04/2011
Only one of the 15 modules is complete on this course.
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