The MacArthur Foundation is sponsoring aÂ competition for innovative Digital Media and Learning applications. I had learned of it through my colleagueÂ Derek Lomas who won last year for hisÂ Playpower project.
This year the applications are posted online with open commenting. The word limit on applications is 300 words (not the abstract, the whole application) which makes it easy for anyone to read through it and give feedback. It also makes it easier to write one and they have over 1,000 submissions last I checked. Judges will select which entries advance to the second phase for which a demo video is required.
With research partners I proposedÂ Qrumbs, a system for social collaborative learning around any web resource. I’mÂ glad to be working with Connexions, Curriki, and theÂ PSLC DataShop, leaders in open educational resources and educational data mining. Below the fold is the full text of the proposal, springing from my work in question authoring. With so few words to work with, I used a narrated scenario to communicate concisely how the system works. I’m including the full text below and encourage you to leave comments both here, or even better on the application’s page.