Our Mission

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded organization that offers innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our goal is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.


The advantage of OLI is that it does not replace the teacher, but works in conjunction with the teacher. With OLI, class time can be used by far more effectively.
— Oded Meyer, Contributing author to the OLI Statistics course and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University

Our Key Goals

  • Support better learning and instruction with high-quality, scientifically-based, classroom-tested online courses and materials. Our courses are designed based on learning science research and, in turn, contribute to that research.
  • Share our courses and materials openly and freely so that anyone can learn. Our courses are often used by colleges and universities to support classroom instruction, but they are designed to support the individual learner who does not have the benefit of an instructor.
  • Develop a community of use, research, and development to allow for the continuous evaluation, improvement, and growth of courses and course materials. OLI is active in the Open Educational Resources community. We attend and present at related conferences, publish our research findings, and collaborate with many like-minded organizations, in addition to actively working with educators from a variety of institutions to develop new courses.