Monday, June 28, 2010

Next Gen Learning Challenges

iNACOL is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost college readiness and college graduation rates. The project will “provide grants to innovators, build evidence of what works, and foster an engaged community of professionals committed to helping students and young adults prepare for college and successfully complete their postsecondary educations.”

The project will launch with a six-week Request for Comments period where people can share their knowledge and comments on the issues of helping students prepare and complete college. The conversations will discuss these challenges:
  • Visit the Next Gen Learning Challenges website at to learn about college readiness and completion in the United States
  • Contribute research, resources, and perspectives on the four challenges
  • Contribute ideas for future challenges, the next of which will focus on secondary education
  • Engage in discussion forums targeting key questions
  • Explore the challenges with your colleagues through workshops
Partners in the Next Gen Learning Challenges are:
  • Gates Foundation
  • League for Innovation in the Community College
  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Later this summer the Next Gen Learning Challenges will solicit grant proposals for:
  • Deploying open core courseware
  • Deepening learner engagement through interactive, online technologies
  • Scaling blended learning
  • Mobilizing learning analytics
iNACOL and the Next Gen Learning Challenges believes that “technology can be a key tool for making learning more flexible, engaging, and affordable.”

To learn more about the Next Gen Learning Challenges go to:

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