- A University of Texas-Arlington lab has won a $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate higher education digital-learning studies by 10 institutions.
- The areas to be researched include competency-based learning, learning analytics, global higher education growth, scaled learning and massive open online courses, personalization and adaptation, and digital credentialing and accreditation.
- The goal of the grant is to connect digital learning research to practical applications, and to increase the amount of research and its depth.
Besides UT-Arlington, institutions involved in the project include Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Columbia University Teachers College, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Arkansas System, the University System of Georgia, California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative, and SRI International. The grant comes from the Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy, which has a goal of dramatically increasing the number of young adults who complete postsecondary education.