Keynote Speaker: Candace Thille
Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is creating and evaluating web-based open learning environments that foster and accelerate learning. The OLI environments also serve as a laboratory for fundamental research on human learning. This talk will present how we integrate the affordances of the technology and the best available evidence on learning coupled with faculty domain expertise to produce high-quality learning environments, and how data collected from the use of the environments inform the next iteration of the environment and learning theory. Examples from OLI courses and results from learning effectiveness studies will be presented.
Candace Thille is the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University, a position she has held since the program’s inception in 2002. She is also the co-director of OLnet. Jointly run by Carnegie Mellon and the Open University in the UK, OLnet is an international open educational research network. Candace’s focus of research and development is in applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of open web-based learning environments. Candace serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation; as a Fellow of International Society for Design and Development in Education; on the technical advisory committee for the AAU STEM initiative; and on the Global Executive Advisory board for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative. She has served on the working group at the U.S. Department of Education to co-author the National Education Technology Plan and on the working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to write the Engage to Excel report on improving STEM Higher education for the Obama Administration.