The Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning

The Trust Challenge funds successful collaborations or “laboratories” where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed. Successful labs will create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust.


$10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants
$5,000 technology grants
$1.2 million will be awarded in total.


Applications for the Trust Challenge must be submitted by November 3, 2014 at 5pm PST.

Learn more about the competition at


5 QUESTIONS: An Email Interview Series on Trust

Check out the interviews to see how thought leaders are conceptualizing this topic, its implications and potentials. Leave comments, and feel free to jump into the conversation. New interviews are added to the collection every Thursday during the competition.

Cathy Davidson: Public violations of trust and learning, what's the link?

David Weinberger, Ph.D.: Scaling Trust:  How We can Make Trust Part of Old, Traditional Systems

David Steer, Mozilla Foundation: Reflections on Trust and Learning with an Evolving Internet


Trust Challenge Webinars

In case you missed our July webinar series, we’ve created a highlight reel (above), so you can get an idea of the type of discussions in the series. In addition to the informational series, you can listen to the annotated audio of our first informational webinar on soundcloud, and see if your questions have already been answered. View and listen to all the competition webinars on the DML Competition Website Webinars page.

Future Webinars

Please follow us on twitter @dmlcomp for news on upcoming webinars and other chances to join the conversation and learn more about the competition.

Join the Conversation on HASTAC

Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments is a HASTAC group open to anyone who wants to talk about building trust in connected learning environments sparked by the Trust Challenge, the fifth, open international HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.