Candace Thille

  • Carnegie Mellon University

Candace Thille is director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University, a position she has held since the program’s inception in 2002.  She is also co-director of OLnet, an open educational research network, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and the Open University, UK.  Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Candace was a partner in a management consulting and training firm specializing in collaborative change management and work-place learning solutions. Her current research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of web-based learning environments. She serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation; as a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education; and on the Global Executive Advisory board for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative.  She recently served on a working group at the U.S. Department of Education to write the National Education Technology Plan, and is currently serving on a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to write a report for the Obama Administration on improving STEM Higher education. Candace presented “Learning Unbound: Disrupting the Baumol/Bowen Effect in Higher Education” with Joel Smith at the Forum’s 2009 Aspen Symposium. She earned her M.S. in Information Technology – Learning Science from Carnegie Mellon University.