OpenStax Tutor melds new cyber and social infrastructures to put powerful learning tools in the hands of educators and learners. OpenStax Tutor is an ambitious effort that combines high-quality, public-ready software with advanced research pursuits. We are still in beta and some of our features are still being developed.
What is it?
A study resource, homework, and test delivery system that uses powerful, advanced techniques to improve student learning and instructor understanding.
Who is behind it?
OpenStax Tutor is a non-profit venture at Rice University, run by professional software developers and learning researchers, and supported by foundations.
How much does it cost?
OpenStax Tutor is free for individual students and teachers. Depending on their usage, organization-level users may pay a small mission-support fee.
Our courses use principles from cognitive science that have been shown to increase long-term retention and transfer of learning.
In one view, quickly see how well your students have mastered different concepts.
OpenStax Tutor studies how your students learn and then adjusts their experience to optimize their retention.
|Not your standard course management system|
|Free for individuals; inexpensive for organizations||✓||✓|
|Simple, clean interface||✓||✓|
|Proven learning principles increase long-term understanding||✓||✓|
|Repeat concept practice throughout the class||✓||✓|
|Focus on knowledge retrieval over answer recognition||✓||✓|
|Give immediate or delayed automatic feedback||✓||✓|
|Make viewing feedback required or optional||✓||✓|
|Choose timing and type of feedback||✓||✓|
|Use your own content or existing open content||✓||✓|
|Multiple choice grading is done for you||✓||✓|
|Export grades to Excel with a single click||✓||✓|
|View overall class performance at a glance||✓||✓|
|Support for students in multiple time zones||✓||✓|
|Students can easily upload any written work||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Learner analytics tell instructors who knows what||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Ask students questions in a variety of formats|
|Open-ended||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Matching||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Multipart||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Essay||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Post and get feedback on study materials|
|Use any web URL as a study resource||✓||✓|
|Upload PDF study resources||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|See which resources students are using||✓||✓|
|Set the stage for assignments with introductory text||✓||✓|
|Powerful platform for running experiments in the classroom or online|
|Students can opt in or out of a research study||✓|
|Manage informed consent documents||✓|
|Informed consent obtained electronically||✓|
|Customize and automated experiments for different groups||✓|
|Monitor experiment via researcher interface||✓|
|Export research data to Excel with a single click||✓|
|Instructors can be co-authors if their study data is publishable||✓|
|Help advance progress in education||✓|
|Easily create a barrier between researchers and instructors|
|Researchers never see personal information without consent||✓|
|Instructors never see research or consent information||✓|
|Moving towards a goal of personalized education|
|Learning pathways personalized for individual students||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Automated personalization for any class with online content||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Automated discovery of relationships between online materials||Coming Soon!||Coming Soon!|
|Start Teaching!||Start Teaching!|
Run a Research Study
OpenStax Tutor is fully equipped to handle informed-consent for human subjects research studies centering around how students best learn. If you're interested in running a study, let us know!
OpenStax Tutor is an open source project and thrives on community involvement.
Teach a Course!
Teaching a course on OpenStax Tutor is super easy. Our support staff can guide you through the process and answer all your questions. Ready to teach? Drop us a line.
Still have questions? Just send us an email and we'd be glad to answer them.