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Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative

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. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.

Our Key Goals:

  • Support better learning and instruction with high-quality, scientifically-based, classroom-tested online courses and materials. 
  • Share our courses and materials openly and freely so that anyone can learn.
  • Develop a community of use, research, and development to allow for the continuous evaluation, improvement, and growth of courses and course materials. 

Educational Offerings

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Learn how to communicate with the sounds and music of American English.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
his course will be beneficial if you wish to learn how to communicate with the sounds and music of American English. The purpose is not to increase your vocabulary, nor to improve your grammar, but to deal with the sounds of the words that you speak. Your message is of primary importance, but it may not be understood if your pronunciation is imprecise, inconsistent, or regional. This course is particularly useful for actors or for others who need to speak to diverse audiences, such as when giving a business presentation.You will have the flexibility of time to experience, at your own pace, aural and visual aspects of a sound. Within the course, students are assessed on their ability to recognize each sound in a variety of contexts and are given feedback on their particular answers.You will learn to: Articulate sounds and words using the dialect of Standard American English. Listen and think in terms of symbols for sounds, using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe from the Roman alphabet into the forty-four sounds of Standard American Dialect and vice versa. Analyze texts for phrasing, operative words, intonational patterns, degrees of stress. Achieve a proper use of weak forms for certain parts of speech in the English Language, making your speech clear and efficient.

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Introduce learners to basic concepts and information to facilitate entry and engagement in an Arabic-speaking environment.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
This is a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context. The course will introduce learners to basic concepts and information to facilitate entry and engagement in an Arabic-speaking environment.Additional Course DetailsTopics Covered: Cultural content: Lesson 1/Diversity in the Arabic-Speaking World; Lesson 2/Historical Aspects of Islam; Lesson 3/Political Governance; Lesson 4/Family and Society; Lesson 5/America and the Arab World; Lesson 6/The Suk, the Ahwa, and a Bowl of Fresh Hummus. Linguistic content: Lesson 1/Greetings! Marhaba!; Lesson 2/ Eating Out and Shopping; Lesson 3/ Visit to a Home in the Arabic-Speaking World; Lesson 4/ Traveling to an Arabic-Speaking Country; Lesson 5/Professional Meetings; Lesson 6/Common Expressions in Arabic.

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Learn about anatomy and physiology to what you already know about your own body. Explore careers in the health and fitness industries.
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Online - Self-Directed
Adult
You probably have a general understanding of how your body works. But do you fully comprehend how all of the intricate functions and systems of the human body work together to keep you healthy? This course will provide that insight. By approaching the study of the body in an organized way, you will be able to connect what you learn about anatomy and physiology to what you already know about your own body.By taking this course, you will begin to think and speak in the language of the domain while integrating the knowledge you gain about anatomy to support explanations of physiological phenomenon. The course focuses on a few themes that, when taken together, provide a full view of what the human body is capable of and of the exciting processes going on inside of it. The themes are: Structure and function of the body, and the connection between the two. Homeostasis, the bodys natural tendency to maintain a stable internal environment. Levels of Organization, the major levels of organization in the human organism from the chemical and cellular levels to the tissues, organs and organ systems. Integration of Systems, concerning which systems are subsets of larger systems, and how they function together in harmony and conflict.Developed with best practices in applied learning theory, this course offers an active learning experience for any student in the form of pre-tests, ample practice opportunities, 3D interactive images, walkthrough videos, and other special tools and applications that will increase your comprehension of anatomy and physiology. Ultimately, your understanding of the material offered in this course will provide you with a solid foundation to explore careers in the health and fitness industries.

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Explore the effect of molecular interactions on the biochemical properties of systems.
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Online - Self-Directed
Adult
This is an introductory course in biochemistry, designed for both biology and chemical engineering majors.A consistent theme in this course is the development of a quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological molecules from a structural, thermodynamic, and molecular dynamic point of view. A molecular simulation environment provides the opportunity for you to explore the effect of molecular interactions on the biochemical properties of systems.This course assumes that students have taken introductory chemistry, including basic thermodynamics, as well as introductory organic chemistry. An introductory biology course is not a prerequisite for the course, but students would benefit from some prior exposure to biology, even at the high school level. Required mathematical skills include simple algebra and differential calculus.

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Learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment including new video shot in France and Qubec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study.To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated student with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies. The time commitment will typically average 6-8 hours per week.For information on studying French online vs. in person, see Who should study French Online? in the course introduction. You will be prompted to create an account to access the course introduction, but you may click the Look Inside button to view the course without creating an account.Additional Course DetailsTopics Covered: Introductions, Origins, Studies, Age, Appearance, Personality, Preferences, Activities, Time, The Family, The Home, Work, Meals, Restaurants, and Shopping.Estimated Time to Complete Course: 15 weeks. The course is divided into fifteen thematic lessons. Each lesson is designed to take one week to complete so working through an entire course will take the average student approximately fifteen weeks. Completing this course and Elementary French 2 will require two semesters or roughly thirty weeks at the university level. These courses have also been used successfully at the secondary level where they can be extended to cover two years or more.

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Explore the fundamental concepts and principles of the study of living organisms and their interaction with the environment.
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Online - Self-Directed
Adult
his introductory course defines biology and its relationship to other sciences. We examine the overarching theories of life from biological research and also explore the fundamental concepts and principles of the study of living organisms and their interaction with the environment. We will examine how life is organized into hierarchical levels; how living organisms use and produce energy; how life grows, develops, and reproduces; how life responds to the environment to maintain internal stability; and how life evolves and adapts to the environment.This course is a part of our Community College (CC-OLI) series. Courses in this series are particularly well-suited to the needs of introductory community college courses, but are open for use by any instructor or student.

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Online - Self-Directed
Adult
This is a complete course in chemical stoichiometry, which is a set of tools chemists use to count molecules and determine the amounts of substances consumed and produced by reactions. The course is set in a scenario that shows how stoichiometry calculations are used in real-world situations. The list of topics (see below) is similar to that of a high school chemistry course, although with a greater focus on reactions occurring in solution and on the use of the ideas to design and carry out experiments.Note: Our chemistry courses are about to be improved and expanded! Thanks to upcoming support from the NSF, a project to further improve online chemistry education will result in new and improved materials delivered through OLI. New materials will be available from 2012 through 2014!

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Explore current theories and issues in areas such as cognition, motivation, and wellness.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Throughout this study of human behavior and the mind, you will gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as cognition, motivation, and wellness.The importance of scientific methods and principles of research design is emphasized throughout this course and presented in a way that will enrich your study of individuals as thinking, feeling, and social beings.This course is part of our Community College (CC-OLI) series. Courses in this series are particularly well-suited to the needs of introductory community college courses, but are open for use by any instructor or student.

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Learn algorithms for blending two images together and how to hierarchical relationships are used to organize elements of a user interface. Develop the skills of thinking systematically about a task and breaking it down into manageable pieces, which can be applied in many disciplines.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
Programming is a way of organizing a task so that it is replicable by something elsea computer. If you have ever given someone directions, or written down a recipe, you have some experience with programming. Learning more about programming will help you develop the skills of thinking systematically about a task and breaking it down into manageable pieces, which can be applied in many disciplines.This class contextualizes the task of programming by focusing on media, such as images, audio, and interactive systems. By doing so, we hope to put programming in a relevant context. For example, iteration is a programming concept that is essential to creating negative and grayscale images. You will learn algorithms for blending two images together and how to hierarchical relationships are used to organize elements of a user interface.This introductory course has no particular prerequisites and is primarily designed for non-computer science students.

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Students will need for advanced biology classes. Learn the definitions of the concepts but also learn to recognize when they are operating the process being studied.
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Online - Class or Webinar
Adult
This course covers specialized and somewhat advanced topics in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. It does not cover organismal biology or taxonomy. The course is carefully planned to provide the background that 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.This course is built around six key concepts that provide unifying explanations for how and why structures are formed and processes occur throughout your study of biology. Because it is not possible to cover the breadth of modern molecular biology in one semester, an understanding of these key concepts will provide a basis for extension of your knowledge to biological systems beyond the specifics covered in this course. One of the major goals of the course therefore is for you to not only learn the definitions of the concepts but also learn to recognize when they are operating the process being studied.

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Competencies

  • English, Literature & Writing: Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Languages
  • Science & Math: Anatomy
  • Science & Math: Biochemistry
  • Languages: French
  • Science & Math: Biology
  • Science & Math: Chemistry
  • Science & Math: Psychology
  • Business: Communications, Public Speaking & Public Relations
  • Science & Math: Algebra
  • Science & Math: Arithmetic & Mathematics
  • Computers & Software: Computer Science

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