Next Generation Learning Challenges
The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) programme is a collaborative, multi-year initiative to provide grants, gather evidence about effective practices and foster growth of a diverse community around the development of affordable, high-quality learning tools for students today. All Open Core Courseware content must be freely licensed.
It was announced in October 2010 and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the level of $20 million. The overall aim is to improve US post-secondary readiness and completion through educational technology – with a focus on Open Educational Resources (OER).
Retention is of major concern in America, where 30% of students drop out of high school and 42% who begin college or university will never complete it. Coordinated by EDUCAUSE and other nonprofits, NGLC seeks to identify "transformative" educational technology solutions to address barriers to postsecondary student success.
References and Further Reading
- "Gates Foundation's New Program", Inside Higher Ed, October 11 2010, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/10/11/gates
- "In Higher Education, a Focus on Technology", New York Times, October 10 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/technology/11online.html?_r=1&src=busln
- Next Generation Learning Whitepaper, http://www.gatesfoundation.org/postsecondaryeducation/Documents/nextgenlearning.pdf
- NGLC: Open Core Courseware, http://nextgenlearning.org/the-challenges/open-core-courseware