Gates Foundation launches $20 million program to expand technology use


Next Generation Learning Challenges will rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of technology in learning to help educators and technologists understand the approaches that best help students succeed and why. The program will also create opportunities for innovators, educators, and developers to exchange ideas and collaboratively push the evolving field forward.

“Next Generation Learning Challenges will ensure we focus on the next generation—whether that means a student, learning experience, or technology,“ said Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE’s president and CEO. “It will move proven and emerging technology-enabled solutions to a greater scale—serving more students and more communities. When you add this multiplier effect to the kind of high-quality learning we can provide, it really will change people’s lives.”

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped conceptualize and design the Next Generation Learning Challenges.

Laura Ascione