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Innovation in Education Grants

Sponsored by Canvas by Instructure
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Contact:Instructure, Inc.
6330 S. 3000 E. Ste. 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Phone: 800.203.6755
Description:Canvas is investing $100,000 in the most innovative ideas to help find, understand, and address the causes of “lossy learning.” Lossy learning is when feedback is lost, and the quality of learning decreases. As part of the lossless learning initiative, Canvas is challenging teachers to find new ways to maximize student learning potential through innovative tools, methods, and research projects that decrease lossy learning in face-to-face, blended, hybrid, or flipped classrooms.

Ideas for lossless learning areas that can be addressed, among others, include:
• Lossless Instruction (not losing transmitted information): How can digital multimedia best capture direct instruction, including information, humanness, expression, and demonstration?
• Lossless Participation (not losing students): How can all students be involved in F2F or online courses? How can student participation be easily and consistently measured in a meaningful way?
• Lossless Engagement (not losing students’ attention): How can the attention of every student be captured? How can teachers identify when students are not paying attention and intervene to get them back on track?
• Lossless Expression and Assessment (not losing authentic assessment): How do teachers give students opportunities to demonstrate competencies?
• Lossless Assessment and Feedback (not losing formative feedback): How do teachers ensure that every student receives formative feedback so they all have opportunities to improve?

The most innovative ideas in specific categories for both higher education and kindergarten through grade 12, as judged by a panel of experts, will receive grant money to help get their difference-making ideas off the ground. Proposals are judged on the following criteria: potential for practical application, adherence to open standards, breadth of application or reusability of submission, and innovation, or a “Wow!” factor.
Eligibility:Charter, Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Five grants of $10,000 each are awarded for Higher Ed, and ten grants of $5,000 each are awarded for K-12.
Deadline(s):Submissions are due January 23, 2015.
Focus:Assessment, General Education, Technology, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Higher Ed, 9-12
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Problem Solving
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