Using those data, researchers were able to pinpoint areas that instructors might not realize are difficult for students.

“We look for patterns in the data that suggest places where there are big bumps in the road toward learning,”  Koedinger said.

Overall, according to the news release, the goals of the Simon Initiative are to share rich data globally; help teachers teach; speed up innovation and scaling through startup companies; and improve learning on campus.

Mark Kamlet, CMU provost and executive vice president, said, “The different parts link to one another in ways that are very mutually reinforcing.”

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