We are extremely proud of HASTAC's leadership role in the Digital Media and Learning Competition supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's $50 million initiative on Digital Media and Learning. The initiative was launched last year (www.digitallearning.macfound.org) and the Competition is designed to support new projects that might not come to the Foundation's attention through other channels. This is the MacArthur Foundation's first open-call competition in the U.S. and that, too, makes us proud, that they entrusted a virtual institution with this role. For more information about all of this, please go to the Competition website (www.dmlcompetition.net), where you will also find a press release with all the details.
The Competition is for a total of $2 million in awards. Entries to the competition are due October 15, 2007. Awards will be made in two categories, Innovation Awards and Knowledge-Networking Awards. Innovation Awards ($100,000 and $250,000) will support learning pioneers, entrepreneurs, and builders of new digital learning environments for formal and informal learning. Knowledge-Networking Awards ($30,000-75,000) will support communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating or translating new ideas around digital media and learning. All details about the competition and application requirements can be found at www.dmlcompetition.net.
If you have questions about the Competition, please contact the Competition staff through the competition website (http://www.dmlcompetition.net/contact.php). If you'd like to discuss the Competition publicly with other HASTAC participants, feel free to do so in this Forum. In the meantime, David and I, as the co-PI's on this project and on behalf of our teams at UCHRI and at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University--Alison Dame-Boyle, Jason Doty, Erin Ennis, Mark Olson, Jonathan Tarr, and Brett Walters (at Duke) and Suzy Beemer and Khai Tang (at UCHRI), hope that you will spread the word about the Competition (we need all your Web 2.0 skills to get out the word)--and we hope that, if you have a great project, that you will apply.
For those who want more ideas about what constitutes "digital media and learning," you might want to visit the MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight Blog where various educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and others discuss new forms of digital media and the many different ways to learn through, about, and with new media. Here's the url: http://spotlight.macfound.org/. Or feel free to browse this HASTAC website and read the various postings in the "Cat in the Stack" blog that focus on digital media and learning. Examples are the posting "'Digital Learning' versus IT" (http://www.hastac.org/node/884) or "What Is Digital Learning?" (http://www.hastac.org/node/877). Or you might listen to the podcast interview conducted by DK at MediaSnackers (a UK podcast site for media and youth), http://www.mediasnackers.com/report/2007/August/24/441/.
We also invite you to use this Forum to express and exchange ideas about the Competition, thoughts
about future competitions, or to post any creative multimedia responses
you come up with. There's an avatar wandering around Second Life with a
sandwich board announcing the Competition. And two American artists (one visual, one sound) in
Tokyo have posted a very hot response to and advertisement for the Competition on YouTube
called "couture Guerilla":
We'd love to see more, hear more of your interpretations, ideas, and
--Cathy N. Davidson, co-founder, HASTAC
--David Theo Goldberg, co-founder, HASTAC