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New $150,000 award opportunity: The Trust Challenge

by Nikki Yamashiro

The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the MacArthur Foundation have announced their fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition—the Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments.  The Trust Challenge will award a total of $1.2 million—in $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants—to institutions and organizations that look to answer questions around trust, privacy, safety and learning in an open online world.  Proposals will address questions such as:

  • How can learners exercise control over who sees and uses their data?
  • What tools do they need in order 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?

Applications will be accepted Sept. 3 to Nov. 3, 2014.

Additionally, as part of the Trust Challenge, HASTAC is hosting a four-event webinar series about trust, privacy, safety and learning in an open online world:

July 8: Why Trust Matters in Connected Learning Environments

July 15: Trust Challenges Across Connected Learning Environments

July 22: Social-Emotional Literacies and Digital Citizenship Best Practices

July 29: Higher Education as a Trusted Environment for Learning



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