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New Research Grants Offered for Study of Online and Flipped Classroom Learning

The Adaptive Learning Research Grant Program has launched its second phase, offering up to $40,000 for institutions to examine adaptive learning principles that result in measurable learning outcomes in large-scale online and blended learning courses.

The program, offered by Adapt Courseware, began its first phase with "validation studies across two-year and four-year public and private institutions for the 2012-2013 academic year" according to a release. The second phase will run through 2014, with a letter of intent to apply due by September 13, 2013 and completed applications due November 1, 2013.

The grants are to be awarded to institutions that will implement "online adaptive learning sections with 1,000 or more students across multiple sections in one or more disciplines for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 terms combined," according to a release. Course subjects to be examined include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Financial Accounting, and Organizational Behavior.

The grant also stipulates that students be admitted and enrolled in the adaptive learning sections using the same criteria and paying comparable tuition as control groups.

Institutions and academic departments submitting proposals must describe either the intended faculty members sponsoring the course or a faculty selection process, according to the company Web site, and individual faculty members or teams of faculty members responding to the grant must include documented approval to conduct the study, the ability to enroll the indicated number of students, and provide "outcomes data under appropriate student-protective agreement from their department or institution."

To be considered, institutions must be regionally accredited, two-year or four-year colleges and universities, or large school districts.

Adapt Courseware may grant "one, several, or no awards depending on the quality, scope, and breadth of the applications submitted" according to the company Web site.

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Kevin Hudson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached at [email protected].

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