Now Accepting Applications! Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments - $1.2M in Awards

Now Accepting Applications! Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments - $1.2M in Awards

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 Trust Challenge is the fifth open, international HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, and 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.

Awards: $10,000 to $150,000 for year-long development grants; $1.2 million will be awarded in total.

Timeline: Final applications are due Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

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

Teams must include

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

Additionally, teams might also include

  • technologists, web developers, app developers, badge system designers, etc. that can design, build and implement the proposed digital solution; and

  • researchers, educators, learning experts, policy advisors, legal counsel, etc. that can give careful consideration to complex social and institutional/organizational considerations around trust and learning.

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