OLI Courseware

  • OLI

Open, adaptive courseware built with evidenced-based practices, including tools for delivery, improvement, and research.

Founded in 2002, OLI is a leader in adaptive courseware, learning engineering, and open education, combining leading research in cognitive and learning science with state-of-the-art technology. OLI data drives powerful feedback loops that assist learners and educators, improve courses, and contribute to the larger learning science community. Developed by multi-disciplinary teams, OLI's over 40 courses, across many domains can be used to support all learners in any context. OLI's learning experience offers expository content, dynamic activities, and specialized technologies (including labs, simulations, tutors, and other domain-specific learn-by-doing activities).

Starting price
$1 - $20
Per Student, Per Semester
Free Trial
Inclusive Access Available
Need Based Scholarship

Pricing details provided by supplier:

OLI has general standard pricing for section-level adoptions. We do negotiate for institution, system level, and large scale engagements, as well as for certifications and other credentialed courses.


How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

10/01/2020
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

OLI provides a straightforward and inexpensive courseware that handles virtual lab experiences and stakeholder interactions well. However, it lacks visual appeal and some robustness in its research base.


OLI provides a variety of virtual courseware to support virtual lab experiences, particularly in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology, as well as activities/testing in relation to learning outcomes. Using educational research, OLI is designed to improve learning while allowing for effective faculty feedback and interactions. OLI provides inexpensive OER that are easily adaptable. Faculty can easily choose the content they wish to include or exclude in their courses. The content is easy to use.

The user interface is easy to use but lacks visual appeal.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

OLI provides a straightforward and inexpensive courseware that handles virtual lab experiences and stakeholder interactions well. However, it lacks visual appeal and some robustness in its research base.


OLI provides a variety of virtual courseware to support virtual lab experiences, particularly in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology, as well as activities/testing in relation to learning outcomes. Using educational research, OLI is designed to improve learning while allowing for effective faculty feedback and interactions. OLI provides inexpensive OER that are easily adaptable. Faculty can easily choose the content they wish to include or exclude in their courses. The content is easy to use.

The user interface is easy to use but lacks visual appeal.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Equity

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

There is evidence of significant research supporting an equity or diversity focus; there are options for equity-focused support from faculty if the tool is integrated at the college.

The materials have few images or stories of students; there was no evidence of an equity-minded framework for faculty who are customizing this material.

Equity

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

There is evidence of significant research supporting an equity or diversity focus; there are options for equity-focused support from faculty if the tool is integrated at the college.

The materials have few images or stories of students; there was no evidence of an equity-minded framework for faculty who are customizing this material.

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating

Design
Language
Learning Activities
Outcomes
Student representation
Student supports

Efficacy

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

With the numerous studies available, it is clear that independent research has been completed. The studies show evidence of rigorous methodologies and show a variety of case studies with a range of students in various contexts. The tool and organization support local research based on product generated data.

OLI has expressed interest in future work with Community Colleges, but there is currently no evidence of this work.

Efficacy

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

With the numerous studies available, it is clear that independent research has been completed. The studies show evidence of rigorous methodologies and show a variety of case studies with a range of students in various contexts. The tool and organization support local research based on product generated data.

OLI has expressed interest in future work with Community Colleges, but there is currently no evidence of this work.

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating

Case Studies
Evidence Across Institution Types
Research design support
Rigorous Methodologies
Third-Party Efficacy Research

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

The tool ties learning objectives to questions and student outcomes and offers summative/formative assessments. OLI is flexible to the learner experience and can be tied to an LMS or work stand-alone based on faculty course design decisions. The essence of this product is to support students' independent learning and self-efficacy by using feedback to move to a full understanding of the material.

This tool is not collaborative in its design but could be used by a faculty member to create collaborative experiences.

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

The tool ties learning objectives to questions and student outcomes and offers summative/formative assessments. OLI is flexible to the learner experience and can be tied to an LMS or work stand-alone based on faculty course design decisions. The essence of this product is to support students' independent learning and self-efficacy by using feedback to move to a full understanding of the material.

This tool is not collaborative in its design but could be used by a faculty member to create collaborative experiences.

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating

Adaptivity
Collaboration
Customization
Enables evidence-base teaching practices
Learner Guidance
Measurement and Structure
Usability

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

This tool will allow adaptation for usage in a variety of settings by a range of faculty. Dashboards will allow faculty to access immediate data, and access to additional information for deeper research should be possible.

None

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

This tool will allow adaptation for usage in a variety of settings by a range of faculty. Dashboards will allow faculty to access immediate data, and access to additional information for deeper research should be possible.

None

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating

Content Management
Course Administration
Data Access

CourseGateway Reviews

Product reviews are performed by our Product Advisory Board, an independent panel of educators and practitioners.

CourseGateway Reviews

Product reviews are performed by our Product Advisory Board, an independent panel of educators and practitioners.

Support

Email for Faculty
Email for Student
In-Person Faculty Training/Onboarding
Instructional Design / Course Development Services
Technology/Platform Integration
Virtual Faculty Training/Onboarding
Courses

Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
Introductory Computer Science
Introductory General Biology
Introductory General Chemistry
Introductory Physics
Introductory Probability & Statistics
Introductory Psychology
Disciplines

Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Math
Physics
Psychology
LMS Integrations

Blackboard
Brightspace
Canvas
Moodle
Sakai
Schoology
Standards Integrations

IMS Global LTI Tool Provider
Product Features

Formative Assessments
Hints and Feedback
Instructor Activities
Instructor Content
Instructor Outcomes
Interactive
Native Learning Activities
Native Learning Content
Native Learning Outcomes
Progress Tracking (Instructor)
Progress Tracking (Student)
Summative Assessments
Third-Party Activities

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.