Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenge: Meet the Winners

Most people are familiar with the philanthropic powerhouse that is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Among the organization's many funding initiatives is a collaborative grant program rewarding higher ed institutions that are using information technology to improve college completion rates.

Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave I grant winners educational technology open courseware blended hybrid learning Bill and Melinda Gates analytics analytical software improve instruction college readiness completion gaming social media networking

Grants Awarding Innovation

Announced by the Gates Foundation last year, the Next Generation Learning Challenge is a grant-giving initiative that has the organization working with select heavyweights in educational innovation. Led by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit advancing higher ed through the use of IT, the collaborative also features the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, the League for Innovation and other organizations devoted to improving college readiness and completion.

In the first wave of grants, applicants were invited to submit proposals requesting funds for innovative education projects in these four areas:

  • Open Courseware: Grants recognizing high-quality, standards-based open courseware that features interactivity with instructors and high potential for students' success
  • Blended Learning: Awards for programs showing promise to deliver effective, low-cost, scalable learning models that include an evaluation system
  • Deeper Learning: Grants for initiatives utilizing social media, gaming technologies and other applications to enhance learning
  • Learner Analytics: Awards for programs that incorporate systems for tracking progress and implementing learning interventions in real-time

Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave I grant winners educational technology open courseware blended hybrid learning Bill and Melinda Gates analytics analytical software improve instruction college readiness completion gaming social media networking

First Challenge Winners Announced

Last week, the Gates Foundation announced the winners of the first wave of grants. Financial awards totaling $10.6 million were given to 29 organizations deemed to have promising programs for improving college readiness and completion. Grant winners are each set to receive between $250,000 and $750,000.

As might be expected, winning proposals cover a wide range of exciting ed tech areas. From a game simulation designed to develop teaching skills at Arizona State University to an open source program at the University of Michigan customizing science courses for learners, these projects all demonstrate the potential to drastically innovate higher ed experiences.

2011 Wave I Winners

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Arizona State University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California State University-Northridge
  • Carnegie Learning
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Cerritos Community College
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • Community College of the District of Columbia, Portland State University (Learner Web), South Texas College, and St. Paul College
  • Eckerd College
  • Indiana University
  • Inquus Corporation (OpenStudy)
  • Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  • Marist College
  • OhioLINK
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • State University of New York, SUNY Learning Network
  • The Open University
  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of California
  • University of Central Florida and AASCU
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri System
  • Wake Forest University

Technology is rapidly changing how courses are administered, but are classrooms becoming obsolete?

Popular Schools

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. Next »