Introduction to Genetics – OLI

The Cognitive Tutor for Analysis in Genetics (CTAG) is a more-than-a-decade-long experiment at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) exploring new, effective ways to provide instruction in the area of genetics. Recently, CTAG tutors have been embedded into OLI and have been complemented with expository content as well as robust practice activities. While most won’t consider this a complete course on genetics, it is used at CMU and other schools as a rich supplemental tool to enhance students’ engagement and learning in a variety of contexts, including genetics, biology, and anatomy & physiology.

These materials are available as an OLI course.

  • Open Learning Initiative (OLI) courses are designed by learning scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. They use data and research insights to develop, test, and improve OER course materials that effectively support learning.

Why Teach with Open Course Materials?

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  • Replace expensive textbooks: Ready-to-adopt content includes text, videos, simulations, self-checks, and other interactives.
  • Choose affordability: Available at no cost to SUNY students.
  • Use better content: Continuous, data-driven improvements make OER content more effective at supporting learning.
  • Simplify access: Easy access to course materials in your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle).
  • Improve student outcomes: Research shows these course materials can improve academic performance, passing rates, and course completion.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

  • Save time: Start with curated, outcome-aligned content and supplemental instructor resources like quiz banks, assignments, slide decks, etc. 
  • Customize your course: Freedom to tailor course content to fit your learning outcomes and instructional approach.
  • Enjoy awesome support: Faculty-friendly onboarding, training, and support. 
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FOR STUDENTS

  • Learn by doing: Self-checks, online homework, and other interactive tools strengthen learning.
  • Engage from day one: Avoid falling behind with access course materials from the first day of class.
  • Retain materials: Download a digital copy of course content to keep forever.
  • Become a better learner: Real-time feedback and nudges guide students on where to focus and how to improve.

Three Steps to Teaching this Course in Your Class

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Pick the course you want to teach

Fill out our Try this Course form, and we’ll get materials to you

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Setup your course in your LMS (optional)

Send a message to oer@suny.edu

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