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Launching the 2008 Competition

Reblogged from the MacArthur Foundation Spotlight Blog(,an announcement for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation 2008 Digital Mediaand Learning Competition that will officially launch later today.

HASTAC co-founders announce launch of 2008 Digital Media and Learning Competition.

by Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg

There is exciting breaking news: the second HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition is about to launch.

The first cycle this past year was a great beginning. The application pool was vast and varied, creative and innovative, over a thousand applications. The 17 winners of the first Digital Media and Learning Competition are working on their projects, communicating on a social networking site, participating in online workshops. They are starting to post progress reports on line so that others can learn from what they are learning (

So what?s in store for the 2008 Competition? First, the overall theme will be ?participatory learning.? We are going to push even harder this year to find innovative projects that promote interactive learning that takes place collaboratively, where each person builds on and contributes to the work of others, and where the learning process is as exciting as the learning product. Second, we are hoping to foster even greater internationalparticipation and for the first time are accepting submissions directlyfrom international applicants. And third, a part of the Competition will be dedicated to young participatory learning innovators, people in the 18-25 age range who want to realize their innovative ideas for some new form of many-to-many learning, looking to take their ideas forward from ?garage? to ?market.? For all the details, visit

And please do help us spread the word!

We know that this year?s Digital Media and Learning Competition will again inspire new ideas, new forms of collaboration, novel tools, and most of all new kinds of learning. We?re thrilled to be partnering with the MacArthur Foundation in enabling these wonderfully creative learning possibilities.


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