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MacArthur’s Digital Media & Learning Competition

MacArthur has announced its second Digital Media & Learning Competition. The focus this year is on participatory learning and they are giving awards in two categories:

  • Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards will support projects that demonstrate new modes of participatory learning, in which people take part in virtual communities, share ideas, comment on one another’s projects, and advance goals together. Successful projects will promote participatory learning in a variety of environments: through the creation of new digital tools, modification of existing ones, or use of digital media in some other novel way. Submissions will be accepted from applicants in Canada, People’s Republic of China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, countries in which HASTAC or MacArthur have significant experience. Winners will receive between $30,000 and $250,000.
  • Young Innovator Awards are designed to encourage young people aged 18-25 to think boldly about “what comes next” in participatory learning and to contribute to making it happen. Winners will receive funding to do an internship with a sponsor organization to help bring their most visionary ideas from the “garage” stage to implementation. For this competition cycle, submissions will only be accepted from applicants in the United States. Winners will receive between $5,000 and $30,000.

For more information and to participate, check out the competition’s website.

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1 comment to MacArthur’s Digital Media & Learning Competition

  • this looks like an awesome opportunity, i’m always looking for grants for my library. it’s hard for me not to get bogged down by issues of access and connectivity, tho, given the community we serve. not many people have computers at home, so the library is their sole access point for the internet, and we don’t have nearly enough computers to meet demand. the part that drives me batty, tho, is that even with library computers, there’s still a link missing from the chain…more and more people have digital cameras, mp3 players, and smaller devices, but our library computers aren’t set up with the middleware people need so that their devices can talk to the internet…uploading photos, downloading music. on the other hand, all this new media offers so many chances for totally new ways to connect, maybe i just need to let go of my assumptions. i feel like there’s a huge opportunity here, but i’m just not sure what it looks like…