Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition

COVID-19 has sparked a global education crisis, and highlighted the need for continued innovation in how online and blended education can support effective learning. The Futures Forum on Learning Tools Competition seeks projects that can accelerate recovery from COVID-19-related learning loss for students between grades K-12, and advance the field of learning engineering.

Rather than silver bullet solutions, the goal of the Tools Competition is to spur the development and deployment of technologies that can accelerate the recovery from pandemic learning loss and advance the field of learning engineering. Learning engineering is an emerging discipline at the intersection of learning science and computer science that seeks to design learning systems with the instrumentation, data, and partnerships with the research community, to drive tight feedback loops and continuous improvements in how that learning is delivered in online and blended settings. The potential solutions in the competition will be evaluated across four core criteria: 1) their use of learning engineering; 2) potential for effectiveness; 3) scalability, and 4) equity. Solutions should aim to address one of the problem areas:

  • Increase the number of students who are reading by 3rd grade
  • Increase the number of students on track in middle-school math
  • Expand the number of students gaining data and computer science skills in high school
  • Driving more students into college through academic and nonacademic supports
  • Another pressing learning goal identified by the team that is related to COVID-19

Amount: $2,000,000 is available to make grants of up to $250,000.

Eligibility: Students, teachers, researchers, technologists, education technology leaders, and digital learning platforms from around the globe.

Deadline: September 18, 2020

Resource Information
Funder Futures Forum on Learning
Eligibility For Profit Organization, Individual, Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL: https://futuresforumonlearning.org
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Education, STEM/Technology
Grant Amount $0-$250,000
Deadline October 8, 2020