Yes! The Tools Competition is eager to hear from participants from across the globe. Participants must be able to accept funds from US based entities.
Yes! We are eager to hear and support individuals who are new to the field. We encourage you to request a smaller award to be more competitive.
We encourage you to apply and make a note of your conflict. For competitive solutions, we will try our best to make accommodations to allow you to participate in the competition despite the conflict. Email Aly@the-learning-agency.com if you would like to discuss your specific circumstances.
Yes! Participants are welcome to submit more than one concept to phase 1 of the competition. We will review the initial concepts and work with you to move the one or two that are most competitive to the next phase of the competition.
Please refer to Official Rules. All participants must agree to these rules to enter.
Teams in the Catalyst lane do not have researchers as part of their teams. But in your proposal, please emphasize how your idea could benefit researchers and support the field of learning engineering overall.
The Futures Forum on Learning is focused on helping students in K-12. But if a team has particularly strong proposal in higher education, workforce development, or another education related space, the team should submit the idea. In the proposal, outline the urgent need in the field brought about by COVID-19, the specific learning goal, and how it advances learning engineering and learning equity.
Yes, proposals must be in English.
For Phase I, participants should submit a concept that addresses the following points in a one-page document.
You are also welcome to identify another learning goal. If you select your own, please describe why it is important and how it is related to COVID-19.
For Phase 2, by October 26, select participants from Phase 1 will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal that includes more information on each of the questions from Phase 1, a detailed plan to execute, a budget, and specs or an example of the tool (if applying for awards larger than $25,000).
For Phase 3, Mid-November, finalists will present to a panel of judges. The team or individual will have 5 minutes to present and 5-15 minutes to answer questions from the judges.
We will evaluate proposals for:
Solutions not tied to use of data and instrumentation to improve learning technologies will likely not be competitive. For example, while laudable and important, efforts to provide devices or expand broadband access would be out of scope.
The competition defines learning engineering as using computer science to pursue rapid experimentation and continuous improvement to improve student outcomes and better understand student learning. To learn about learning engineering, see the following articles:
Winners will receive their award by check or bank transfer in two installments.
Winners will receive the second installment of the prize after Product Development Day if they are making sufficient progress on the plan they outline in their Phase 2: Detailed proposal.
During early 2021, winners will present during a virtual Product Review Day to their peers and others in the field to get feedback and perspective on their progress.
Approximately six months after Product Review Day, winners will convene again to present their progress in a Demo Day.
On August 26th, we hosted an informational webinar where we covered the goals of the competition, reviewed criteria for successful proposals, and answered audience questions live.
If you couldn’t attend, view the recording of the conversation here.