The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.19 million grant to Western Governors University to launch competency-based associate's degree programs in information technology.
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.
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.
A Los Angeles couple's $1 million gift will be used to grow and support online learning programs at Santa Monica College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.