User:Norman Bier

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Norman Bier  has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. He is currently the Associate Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University. A recognized leader in open education, OLI combines leading research in cognitive and learning science with state-of-the-art technology to create scientifically-based courses that enact instruction for independent learners and support instructors to improve effectiveness in traditional classrooms. By rigorously capturing and evaluating learner data, OLI is able to drive powerful feedback loops that assist learners and educators, improve courses and contribute our larger understanding of how humans learn. Prior to joining OLI, he was Director of Training and Development at iCarnegie Inc., a CMU subsidiary chartered to deliver software development education through international partnering institutions. Using technology and faculty support, iCarnegie reaches thousands of students who would not have had access to a CMU-level education. His principal responsibilities at iCarnegie included course, curricula and program development; faculty support and training; and business development. Before his work at iCarnegie, he taught computer science courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County, philosophy courses as an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and served as a founding member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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