Grants, Funding & Awards


Grant Program Encourages Research on Online Courses

A company that specializes in helping institutions convert their traditional courses to online ones has launched a grant program that will help fund research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning.

Stanford Computer Science Course Taps Corporate Sponsor

A Swedish company has signed on at Stanford University in a unique mentoring arrangement in which the commercial entity pays an "affiliate fee" of $75,000 to propose a project theme to be undertaken in the course.

California Community College Receives $1 Million Donation for Distance Learning Programs

A Los Angeles couple's $1 million gift will be used to grow and support online learning programs at Santa Monica College.

edX in the Community College: The MassBay Experience

During the Spring 2013 Semester, students at MassBay Community College will be able to take a three-credit hour course on Practical Python Programming that incorporates online course materials and instructional tools developed at MIT and made available through edX. Through its partnership with edX, MassBay will examine how courses developed at a premier research and teaching institution like MIT can be leveraged effectively by community colleges.

Grants Support Research into Blended, Distance Learning

Six universities have received grants under an expanded program aimed at researching teaching practices involving the use of technology, including flipped classrooms and blended learning.

Opening Up Learning Analytics for the Community College

The Open Academic Analytics Initiative, an NGLC grant recipient, is seeking to engender an ecosystem for learning analytics based on open source technologies. Its research includes scaling factors for learner analytics, the portability of predictive models among different types of academic institutions, and intervention strategies that leverage Open Educational Resources. Marist College, the lead institution on the grant, has partnered with two community colleges and two HBCUs to accomplish OAAI goals.

Grant To Fund Video Repository of Teaching Excellence in Math and Science

A consortium of education organizations will be developing an online repository of classroom videos to help new teachers learn from master instructors how to teach math and science topics in third through sixth grades.

$5.4 Million Grants Fund Personalized, Blended Learning Programs

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) has awarded $5.4 million in new grants to assist 13 secondary and postsecondary educational organizations in the development of new models of personalized, blended learning, where traditional classroom teaching methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.

Facebook Donates $250,000 to U Alabama, Birmingham To Fight Malware

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR) has received $250,000 from Facebook for its efforts to international cybercriminals.

Higher Ed Information Security Council Contest Seeks Student Videos

EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council have launched a cyber security video competition for students.