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Portions of awarded applications will be posted publicly upon announcement of the awardees.
No. While we strongly encourage collaboration and partnering, it is not required. Your entire team may be from the primary applicant’s home institution/organization. Please note, however, that playlists must have utility beyond the applicant organization or institution. They must scale connected learning resources and opportunities to a broader audience.
A Primary Applicant (PA) will be the project lead on Playlists for Learning project. He/she will be the first line of contact and will be responsible for disseminating information to the rest of the group. This person will be responsible for overall project management, including budget oversight. While an individual will be named as the primary applicant, a sponsor organization/institution will technically be the formal grantee by the terms of the award. As such, it must have legal status to operate and the necessary administrative structures in place to receive and administer grant funds.
Collaborators are additional persons from the primary applicant organization who are part of a team seeking funding and are managed by the primary applicant. Alternately, collaborators could be from a separate organization/institution partnering with the primary applicant’s organization/institution to carry out the work of the grant.
Ages 13 and up.
Digital badges are encouraged to conform to the guidelines set forth in the LRNG handbook.
Yes. At a minimum, all playlists must result in a badge for any learner who completes a playlist.
For guidance on best practices when creating a playlist, see the LRNG handbook. In addition, applicants are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar sessions and/or technical office hours during the open application window. A schedule of informational events will be available on the Playlists for Learning blog.
Yes. We encourage cross-publication of winning playlists to additional platforms.
All winning playlists will be hosted on the LRNG site. Winning playlists must conform to the guidelines set forth in the LRNG handbook. As a term of their award, all winners will be required to sign a Master Services Agreement (MSA) related to LRNG services.
In October 2015, the Macarthur Foundation announced the launch of Collective Shift, a new nonprofit whose mission is to redesign social systems for the connected age. Collective Shift’s first project is LRNG, which is creating a 21st century ecosystem of learning that combines in-school, out-of-school, work-based, and online learning opportunities that are visible and accessible to all. LRNG is one of the earliest adopters of learning playlists, and the leader in adapting them for connected learning. DML Competition 6 requires that playlists be compatible with the LRNG platform.
Playlists broaden opportunities to scale connected learning to local and digital audiences. They invite learners to engage in cohesive, interest-driven connected learning experiences that combine in-school, out-of-school, employer-based, and online learning.
The power of playlists lies in the opportunity for collaboration and discovery. One organization can design a sequence based on internal goals; multiple providers may want to work together to include many types and sources of learning. These collaborative playlists create a rich network of experiences for learners. As more and more playlists are built on shared distribution platforms, the connections across all learning experiences will increasingly form part of an expansive network of learning.
A connected learning playlist is a curated group of digital and local connected learning experiences and resources (e.g. videos, websites, books, games, articles, etc.). A playlist weaves together these learning experiences into a sequenced pathway centered on a common theme.
Playlists for Learning seeks to scale connected learning through innovative learning playlists that close the opportunity gap for youth and help learners find viable alternatives to traditional learning pathways that help them succeed in the connected world we now inhabit.
Playlists for Learning invites participants to come together and create an innovative community of thought-leaders, academics, practitioners, educators, designers, technologists, and media artists that are leading the transformation of curriculum design and learning for our connected age.
Connected Learning is a pedagogy for the digital age that has emerged as a result of more than 10 years of research and design experiments funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. By connecting the three spheres of a learner’s life–academics, peer culture, and interests– it makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age, where the demand for learning never stops. For more information, see connectedlearning.tv.
Yes, multiple primary applicants from the same institution may apply, as long as the proposals are substantially different. In addition, members of a team (primary applicant and collaborators) can all be from the same institution.
Yes, however, any award you receive from Playlists for Learning should be applied to the part of the project that is not being funded by other sources.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age when the application is submitted; however, personnel working on the project may include students and others under the age of 18 as long as they are working under the supervision of the primary applicant and with appropriate parental or guardian consent.
We welcome applications from institutions/organizations and individuals with institutional affiliations from outside the U.S., provided that the primary applicant meets the eligibility requirements.
The competition does not make awards to individuals. A formal affiliation with an organization/institution/entity is more likely to support an individual applicant in creating a solution for a specific real-world application and implementation, helping to create trustworthy, scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars that can effectively scale connected learning.
In addition to institutional guarantees about meeting grant terms and conditions, financing, etc., the organization/institution is required to have the necessary institutional frameworks and buy-in to fully support and implement the project if approved. Also, if grant funds were to be awarded to the primary applicant directly, doing so would have significant tax liability, which could reduce the available grant money to be devoted to the project.
For profit institutions and organizations are not eligible to apply as primary applicants, but are welcome to participate as a collaborator on a proposal submitted by an eligible institution or organization.
Applicants may be affiliated with any institution, organization or entity that has legal status to operate, regardless of its size or the sector in which it operates. These might include:
Primary applicants must have an institutional affiliation and make application through it. An institutional affiliation means a working connection to an institution or organization — place of employment, formal agreement with a non-profit, sponsoring university, etc. — that would administer the funding and official paperwork on behalf of the primary applicant.
*Limited funds will be awarded for new content creation. Expenses related to the creation of new content will only be funded when it is proposed in conjunction with an existing connected learning program and is intended to augment existing learning resources or experiences.
Indirect costs will be permitted at a maximum of fifteen (15) percent ONLY if required in a published indirect cost policy by the primary applicant’s home institution or organization.
The amount requested should be the most feasible and suitable for the project. Judges will consider the appropriateness of the requested budget for the proposed project. The maximum award amount for a single proposal is $125,000.
Applicants will be required to submit a standard Budget Spreadsheet and Budget Narrative as part of their initial application. All funded programs may be subject to financial audit.
No. Decisions will be made solely based on the application.
proposes a realistic budget that accurately reflects the scope of work and includes allowable expenses per the Playlists for Learning Terms and Conditions..
A panel of expert judges from nonprofit and educational organizations will evaluate applications and select awardees.
*Limited funds will be awarded for new content creation. New content will only be funded when it is proposed in conjunction with an existing connected learning program and is intended to augment existing learning resources or experiences.
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This is the image that will be used to represent your project in the list of submitted projects. It is the most visible method for visitors to identify your project. It typically helps with identification to have your project’s name in easily identifiable text, font, and colors so visitors can quickly identify it.
Project logos should be submitted as PNG files. The PNG should be transparent without a solid background color as it may be displayed on various web sites with different background colors.
No. Each FastApps account is limited to one (1) application for Playlists for Learning. This application should be in the account of the Primary Applicant for the application. Once an application has been created, you will not be able to create another application.
Yes, you will be able to revise your proposal until the application window closes.
Yes, applications can be saved and returned to for editing throughout the application window.
To prevent possible loss of work, we suggest developing your project’s description in a separate document and cutting it and pasting it into FastApps.
Please see How to Apply.
As part of their award, grantees will receive an 18-month complimentary membership to the LRNG platform and access to playlist functionality. At the end of 18 months, winning organizations/institutions can opt to either continue their membership, which will be subject to standard LRNG fees for program partners, or discontinue their membership without penalty.
Taxes will not be withheld by HASTAC. Indirect costs will be permitted at a maximum of fifteen (15) percent only if documented by the primary applicant’s home institution or organization. Applicants’ budgets should allow for this.
Awardees will receive a check every three months, upon submission of an invoice for expenses incurred on the project, for the quarter.
Yes. Exceptions will be granted only in very unusual circumstances. Awardees should not assume extensions will be granted. If funds are not spent at the end of the grant term or permitted extension period, they must be returned.
Yes, all funds are to be used specifically for the awarded project and according to proposed budget. Financial and narrative reports will be required every three months throughout the grant period. Institutions administering the grant will have to keep a financial record of grant expenditures.
The grant term is nine (9) months beginning on the date of the award contract.
/playlists-for-learning/terms-and-conditions/See Terms and Conditions.
The primary applicant will be the first line of contact and will be responsible for disseminating information to the rest of the group. This person will be responsible for overall project management, including budget oversight.