Right on time for their 21st Annual International Conference, the Online Learning Consortium announced in a press release that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This grant will be applied to “speed adoption of next-generation digital courseware solutions by higher education institutions and faculty, in order to improve outcomes in general education courses, especially for disadvantaged and underserved student groups.”
OLC is planning two key initiatives to contribute to this mission:
- A prize competition aimed at recognizing and rewarding exemplar institutions and faculty for effective use of digital courseware
- The expansion of the OLC Quality Scorecard, a tool to evaluate and improve online programs. By including a digital courseware ancillary scorecard, OLC is able to identify, measure and quantify elements that define quality, in particular attributes which result in a positive impact on student success.
This is another great step forward to revolutionize higher education in the US by promoting evidence-based tools and personalization in online learning. We are proud to welcome OLC in the ranks of Next Generation Courseware grantees and are excited about the future we will build together.