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TEL Initiative

What is TEL?

Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) uses web-based modules designed to help students learn software, theory, applications, and historical vignettes while practicing problems. TEL can be applied to virtually any subject area and is great as an independent or supplemental learning method. “Technology-enhanced learning tools provide a new way for students to master classroom material from anywhere and at any time,” said Edward W. “Jed” Frees, actuary, Hickman-Larson Chair of Actuarial Science, and director of the Technology-Enhanced Learning project.

Risk and Insurance TEL

The Risk and Insurance Department (RI) is proud to provide a TEL website dedicated to the study of Actuarial Science. The RI TEL website is an educational resource available to anyone interested in learning to solve actuarial problems or the program “R”. Whether you are a current student of any level seeking supplemental instruction, a professional studying for actuarial exams, or are simply interested in adding or improving your actuarial knowledge, our website can help you reach your goals.

The RI TEL website contains a problem bank with modules created, designed, and critiqued by current students under the guidance of Edward W. “Jed” Frees and co-investigator Margie Rosenberg, Assurant Health Professor of Actuarial Science. Students can enroll to participate in the TEL initiative during fall or spring semester or over summer. It offers a unique classroom experience with the benefit of contributing to another’s life-long learning goals.

We encourage you to join the community of life-long learners and see what the RI TEL website offers. Our goal is to share resources with the world that will enhance any student’s ability to learn the basic actuarial curriculum.


Technology-Enhanced Learning in Actuarial Science Classes was launched after the Society of Actuaries awarded the Risk and Insurance department a $300,000, three-year grant. The grant provided initial funding to launch the RI TEL program in 2010.

The website proved to be a valuable resource to both current students and the general user population so it was decided to continue supporting the initiative within the Risk and Insurance Department once the grant termed. We are pleased with the continued interest by students to support and grow this resource each semester and with the level of participation around the world.