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What We Do

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.

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See Our Open + Free Courses

No Instructors, No Credits, No Charge.

Many college and universities around the world are using our courses and unique learning platform—and now you can too!

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Course Features

Enacting Learning

Our courses proactively engage students to put new knowledge into practice and to assess their own progress.

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Our Proven Results

Evidence-Based Design

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) creates courses based on the findings of learning science and then evaluates those courses based on actual student performance in real classrooms.

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Our Funders

About OLI Funding

The Open Learning Initiative is a grant-funded non-profit. Support from our funders helps us achieve our key goals: support better learning and instruction; share our courses and materials openly and freely; and develop a community of use, research, and development.

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Get Involved

What You Can Do

Make a difference in higher education—as an individual collaborator, partner organization, or course or strategic funder.

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Careers at OLI

Are you passionate about improving education at colleges and universities? Work with our team to create high-quality, effective online courses and powerful software tools for course developers, instructors, and students.

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This innovation that we’re bringing into our teaching and learning doesn’t have to be invented course by course and university by university. Working together in collaboration, as we are, we can accelerate this process of bringing these strategies into our classrooms and into our universities.

— Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland