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Unlocking the Gates by William G. Bowen, Taylor Walsh

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DIGITAL PEDAGOGY: CARNEGIE MELLON’SOPEN LEARNING INITIATIVE

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) represents Carnegie Mellon University’s distinctive approach to open online education. The project’s first grant proposal to the Hewlett Foundation opens by stating an ambitious premise: “Carnegie Mellon is working to help the World Wide Web make good on its promise of vastly accessible and highly effective online education.”1 Building on Carnegie Mellon’s past experiments with the use of information technology to improve educational efficiency and effectiveness, the initiative’s 14 introductory courses provide users with self-contained rich online environments that profess to guide users—with the aid of interactive examples, embedded assessments, ...

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