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The first wave of funding under the Next Generation Learning Challenges was announced last year and focused primarily on postsecondary education. Grant-seekers were asked to address four challenges: deployment of open core courseware; scaling of blended learning programs; encouragement of deeper learner engagement; and mobilization of learning analytics. More than 600 institutions and organizations responded to the RFP. The field was eventually narrowed down to 29 grant winners. They were announced in April. Following is a list of community colleges among the grant winners and their descriptions of their planned work:
* Central Piedmont Community College (N.C.)
Online Student Profile Learning System: A Learner Analytics Model for Student Success
Central Piedmont Community College will lead a consortium of community colleges from across the nation in the adoption of the Online Student Profile Learning System (OSPLS), a technology-enabled solution that has a proven track record of improving the academic success of young adult learners enrolled …