An Approach to Knowledge Component/Skill Modeling in Online Courses

Learning design experts from the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University collaborated with software engineering experts at Google, Inc. to craft the white paper, An Approach to Knowledge Component/Skill Modeling in Online Courses. The purpose of this paper is to blend our collective pedagogical and technological expertise in describing how to develop open online learning environments based on the integration of technology with the science of learning.  Specifically, we provide an overview of the skills mapping process, theoretical learning model approach used to predict mastery, and analytics reports currently embedded in the designs for OLI courses, and suggest recommendations for future improvements.  We believe that by using OLI strategies to develop, deliver, assess, and iteratively improve courses, we have in place the key elements to support technology-enhanced, outcomes-driven, high-quality learning experiences.