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Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
Supporting Postsecondary Success

OLI provides high-quality online courses and learning materials to instructors and learners at low or no cost. The interactive OLI courses feature machine-guided instruction, immediate feedback, exploratory virtual laboratories, worked examples, and practice problems. Most OLI courses are open to both independent learners and students in instructor-led courses. OLI provides content that ranges in length from several-hour modules to full-semester courses. Independent learners may complete the material at their own pace, while students in instructor-led courses may be assigned to complete the material in a specified timeframe.


studies that met standards out of
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Academic achievement Mixed effects PS
Credit accumulation and persistence Potentially positive effects PS

Last Updated: January 2020

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Abt Associates under contract ED-IES-16-C-0024.

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