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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.

Findings

3
studies that met standards out of
6
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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