By Debra Erdley
Local university officials will help lead a global effort to adopt and advance standards for emerging technologies in education.
Referencing a need to develop new paths for learning, Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh on Monday announced the Simon Initiative, named for the late CMU Nobel laureate Herbert Simon. It consists of three parts:
• At CMU, the initiative will focus on faculty research accelerating and enhancing cognitive learning through technology.
• A comprehensive database on technology-enhanced learning developed by CMU and the University of Pittsburgh will be opened to researchers worldwide.
• A Global Learning Council, including leaders from academia, industry and technology, will convene early next year to study best practices and standards for emerging technologies that many believe could open higher education to millions worldwide.
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), for example, offer free online access to university instruction. Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia are among the schools involved.
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