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Final Day! Submit applications now: Digital Media and Learning Competition Trust Challenge | Apply by Nov 3, 2014

Have questions about the Trust Challenge and how to apply? You heard it here (and we annotated it): Cathy Casserly and David Theo Goldberg talk about the Aspen Task Force Report Learner at the Center of a Networked World and answer questions about the Trust Challenge application process.

Paul Oh of Educator Innovators talks to Sheryl Grant about the Trust Challenge and how to apply. (Hint: teachers are learners in connected learning environments too.) Take a look at some examples of trust challenges, check out the Aspen Task Force Report, and get your inner innovator ready to apply. Looking at you lifelong learners, educators, technologists, researchers, higher ed administrators, K-12 leaders and thinkers, plus in school, out of school, including museums, libraries, schools, school districts and more. 

What’s all this talk about trust? We unpacked it during our summer series on trust in connected learning environments. Don’t have four hours to watch it all? Take a crash course with this highlight reel featuring Howard Rheingold, Audrey Watters, Barry Joseph, Anne Balsamo, Jonathan Worth and other leading thinkers working in and transforming connected learning environments.

We also dug into trust with Nishant Shah, danah boyd, David Weinberger, David Steer, and Cathy Davidson who answered questions about building trust in connected learning environments and here’s what they had to say. More thought leaders are on their way, so watch for their responses to these questions and more throughout October:

  • Often when we hear terms like “student data” or “student privacy” we don’t hear them in conversation with “trust”. Do you have any thoughts on why that might be the case?

  • How are you thinking about trust in regard to connected learning?

  • What are some of the biggest challenges to engendering trust you see in connected learning?

  • Do you know of any tools, procedures, apps, and/or systems enabling or disabling trust? How are they doing this? What do these  tools, procedures, and/or systems change how learning can happen in connected learning environments?

  • What are some of the literacies you think are required for learners to  have a digital “trust literacy”?

  • Do you have a favorite method of creating an environment of trust in your own digital practice? in learning practices? What do they look like? Is this scalable in connected learning environments?

You're invited: We're hosting participatory webinars in October. Tweet questions with #dmltrust or raise your hand during these Trust Challenge webinars:

Thursday, October 23 @ 1pm EST
Rachel Anderson from the Data Quality Campaign talks with Akili Lee of Chicago City of Learning and Luis Mora of the Los Angeles City of Learning about both digital and human systems and issues of trust in connected learning environments. Register here.

Tuesday, October 28 @ 2pm EST
Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino and co-chair of the Aspen Task Force talks to Sheryl Grant about the interoperability, access, digital literacy, and trust, and the call to action for a truly networked learning environment. Register here.

Thursday, October 30 @ 2pm EST
Connie Yowell of the MacArthur Foundation and Cathy Davidson, co-founder of HASTAC and director of CUNY’s Futures Initiative will talk about the challenges and opportunities for connected learning when human and digital systems are designed with trust at the forefront. Register here.


Call for Proposals: Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments

The fifth, open, international Digital Media and Learning Competition
Awards: $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants; $1.2 million will be awarded in total.
Final applications are due Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

Who can participate:  Successful proposals will include youth-serving organizations and/or institutions and institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed.

Details:  Trust, privacy, and safety are critical to learning in an open online world. How can learners exercise control over who sees and uses their data? What tools do they need to navigate, collaborate, and learn online with confidence? What solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments? How can open technical standards create more opportunities to share and collaborate online in a spirit of trust?

The fifth open, international Digital Media and Learning Competition, the Trust Challenge, will award $1.2 million to institutions and organizations that tackle these questions in real-life learning contexts. The Trust Challenge will fund successful collaborations or “laboratories” that create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust.

Applications must include institutional/organizational stakeholders and administrators that can provide and direct project objectives, inform, design and implementation, and increase opportunities for scalability.

More information:

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