UCHRI | Initiatives
About the Digital Media + Learning Competition
The Digital Media and Learning Competition is a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning. Over the past eight years, the Competition has awarded over $12 million to more than 100 projects — including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, and digital badge platforms — that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. The Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine. The interdisciplinary alliance HASTAC helps to administer the competition on behalf of UCHRI.
The Digital Media and Learning Competition is a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning.
Year in Review
In addition to working with previous challenge awardees, the year 2015 marked the launch of the fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition, the trust challenge. The goal of the trust challenge was to develop digital tools — apps, badge systems, data management platforms, online learning content, etc. — that engender trust, safety, and privacy in connected learning environments, and that empower learners to connect and learn anywhere, anytime in ways that are equitable, social, participatory, and interest-driven. These scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning included commonly agreed upon interoperable standards for accessing, sharing, and protecting information across multiple platforms and services that “talk” to each other.
In an open online world where data sharing can enhance learning opportunities but privacy and safety must be protected, effective connected learning environments require systems, tools, and policies that foster trust for networks of learners of all ages as well as for parents, mentors, and educators.
Shown here are the projects associated with this initiative (if necessary, use the left and right arrows to scroll). Click on an individual project to learn more.