Carnegie Learning® Awarded $1.4 Million Contract from the Advanced Distributed
Project to Explore How Non-Cognitive Factors Influence Personalized Learning
PITTSBURGH, March 28, 2013
PITTSBURGH, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Carnegie Learning, Inc., a wholly
owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL), has received a two-year
$1.4 million contract from Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) to test how
cognitive and non-cognitive factors together affect learning. The ADL
laboratories, located in Alexandria, VA and Orlando, FL, prototype and test
learning technologies and innovations for the U.S. Department of Defense.
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The Hyper-Personalized Intelligent Tutors project will explore how factors
such as interest-level, mood, and persistence affect learning. The project
will build a collaborative research platform for understanding how cognitive
and non-cognitive factors working together impact retention of knowledge and a
student's commitment to keep learning.
"The goal of intelligent tutoring systems has been to provide systems that act
like individual human tutors and, as far as tending to learners' cognitive
needs, we have been very successful," said Dr. Steve Ritter, chief scientist
at Carnegie Learning. "This project provides us with the opportunity to
increase the effectiveness of educational technology by accounting for
non-cognitive factors such as interest, mood, and traits like resilience."
Project findings will support the ADL in research focused on individualizing
training materials to best suit a learner's needs within military,
public/private education, technical or trade schools, and with self-taught
learners. Findings will also inform ongoing development of Carnegie Learning
MATHia® and Cognitive Tutor® K-12 math software as well as undergraduate math
courses at University of Phoenix^®, operated by a sister company of Carnegie
Learning and also owned by Apollo Group. For example, if the software tutor
knows a student likes sports, the curricula might explain percentages using
"Carnegie Learning has an ongoing commitment to studying the Cognitive Tutor
software in diverse, third-party environments to improve and adapt the
software for maximum impact on math students of all ages and abilities," said
Dennis Ciccone, president of Carnegie Learning. "We look forward to working
with the ADL Initiative to support the Department of Defense's understanding
of how technology can be integrated with their programs to improve learning."
The project is one of many Carnegie Learning research programs which
demonstrate the company's commitment to study the effectiveness of its
programs and contribute to knowledge of how people learn. Recent Carnegie
Learning research projects include collaboration with the U.S. Department of
Education, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, Bill &
Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations, the RAND Corporation,
EDUCAUSE, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, New York
University, and the University of North Carolina Charlotte, among other
"There is increasing evidence that resilience and emotion play an essential
role in which students stay engaged, stay in school, and go on to college,"
said Ryan S.J.d. Baker, Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer, Teachers
College, Columbia University. "The work Carnegie Learning is planning is
likely to be an excellent complement to their already impressive track record
in addressing cognitive aspects of learning."
About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning is a publisher of innovative, research-based mathematics
software and textbooks for middle school and high school students aligned to
the Common Core State Standards. Providing differentiated instruction in
schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping students to
succeed in math as a gateway to graduation, college, and the 21st century
workforce. Carnegie Learning, located in Pittsburgh, is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL) and is the sole source provider
of Cognitive Tutor® and MATHia® software for students in grades 6-12.
About Apollo Group, Inc. (www.apollo.edu)
Apollo Group is one of the world's largest private education providers and has
been in the education business for approximately 40 years. The Company offers
innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and
on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through its
subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional
Development and College for Financial Planning. The Company offers programs
and services throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe, as
well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Group,
Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website.
Carnegie Learning^®, Cognitive Tutor^® and MATHia^® are registered trademarks
of Carnegie Learning, Inc. University of Phoenix^® is a registered trademark
of Apollo Group, Inc.
SOURCE Carnegie Learning, Inc.
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