DML Competitions

DML Competitions

Welcome to the DML Winners' Hub

DML Competition grantees came here to blog about their work, participate in forums, attend webinars, share lessons learned, and network with the larger community. As of 2017, the Winners' Hub is no longer active, but is available as a rich archive featuring award-winning Digital Media and Learning projects and grantee reflections on innovation in connected learning environments.  

The Digital Media and Learning Competition was a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning. Between 2007 and 2017, the Competition awarded over $13 million to more than 100 projects — including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, playlists for learning, and digital badge platforms — that explored how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. The Competition was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine, and was administered by HASTAC. Learn more about the DML Competitions



Explore past Digital Media and Learning Competitions

Sixteen museums, libraries and out-of-school organizations were awarded a total of $150,000 through the Project:Connect Summer Youth Programming Competition to support single or multi-day participatory and hands-o
Over 30 innovative badge systems and 10 research studies received over $5 million in funding between 2012 and 2013 as part of the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative, the fourth Digital Media and Learning Comp
Approximately $1.8 million was awarded to 19 projects; ten projects won Learning Lab awards ranging from $30,000 to $200,000 and 9 projects received awarded ranging from $5K to $50K in the Game Changers category.
In 2009, fourteen projects won Innovation awards ranging from $30,000 to $250,000; in the Young Innovators category, five projects received awards ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.
Seven winning projects in the Innovation category and ten projects in Knowledge-Networking were awarded $2 million in 2008.

Explore the DML Competition Projects

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Selected Recent Winning Projects

Bringing together music educators, community youth organizations, artists, and youth to create a set of six interconnected learning playlists. These...
Sky, Water, Earth weaves together formal and informal learning experiences and resources into a sequenced pathway that evokes a sense of wonder about...
This project will develop four playlists leveraging digital badges that focus on e-textiles and wearable tech; robotics; mobile geospatial...
This project will convert the established Youth Voices connected learning curriculum, a collaboration between the National Writing Project and...

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