Next Generation Learning Challenges — an initiative started by the Gates Foundation to help improve college completion through technology — will award a series of grants to the “best, brightest, most innovative individuals and institutions committed to using educational technology to make more students successful.”
From NGLC’s RFP:
NGLC believes that real progress on measures such as student readiness and completion requires substantial reshaping of the currently fragmented, sub‐scale markets for solutions as well as the imperfectly aligned incentives facing administrators, faculty, students, teachers, and learning solution providers. The NGLC challenges focus on supporting disruptive change in both the supply and demand for effective solutions to problems of student persistence and completion. The technology‐enabled solutions that NGLC will fund will be chosen for their potential to provide the flexible resources that innovators need in order to create change. NGLC grantees will also break down technical and institutional barriers to adoption and scaling, so that new incentives and practices have the opportunity to take hold. If successful, these dual transformations will begin to form a healthier marketplace of innovators and adopters working together to develop and sustain effective learning solutions and to improve student performance, persistence, and completion by creating deeper learning and engagement.