Funding, Grants & Awards

VideoBlocks Launches Digital Media Action Grant Program

VideoBlocks will award two $10,000 grants as part of its new Digital Media Action Grant program, designed to fund research into how digital content can help students build 21st century skills.

Open to instructors at any institution enrolled in the company's Early Enrollment Program (VEEP), "The grant will allow faculty to build upon previous research into the pedagogical impact of digital media, consider the effects and usage cases of VideoBlocks' creative digital media across entire educational institutions and give a better understanding of how digital creative media fits within a framework of 21st century communication skills," according to a news release.

VEEP, launched in conjunction with the grant program, will offer a select number of higher education institutions access to the company's library of copyright-safe video and audio resources free of charge through December 2015. "In addition, colleges and universities who enroll in VEEP will receive a 20 percent academic credit for any original footage sold via VideoBlocks' recently launched marketplace that can be applied toward future licensing costs," according to information released by VideoBlocks.

"The Digital Media Action Grant gives faculty and their students the opportunity not just to build digital skills, but to experiment with how to improve classroom engagement and better prepare students for their professional lives," said Joel Holland, founder and CEO of VideoBlocks, in a prepared statement. "When we heard from so many universities and colleges, that students, faculty and administrators were frustrated by the lack of access to copyright-free creative content, we saw an opportunity to facilitate creative freedom on campuses nationwide while also eliminating the administrative headache of copyright compliance."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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