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Grant Provides Educational Technology and Innovative Support for Learning

Grant Provides Educational Technology and Innovative Support for Learning

The Thomas Edison State University Foundation awarded $100,000 to the University’s Center for Learning and Technology (CLT) and $50,000 to the Center for the Assessment of Learning (CAL) for investments in educational technology and innovative support for learning.

The grant will support the acquisition of new technology that will enhance the capacity of the CLT’s Media Creation Studio to develop high quality video content, simulations, and interactive learning resources. These video-based tools will prove invaluable to developing a more engaging student experience. The Media Creation Studio was originally funded by John and Eileen Martinson in 2014.This additional funding will enable the studio team to share their work with the other units in the Center for Learning and Technology to allow for deeper integration with curriculum, assessment, and learning technologies.

“The University has experienced growing demand for new online courses that use the best available technology, and this grant will strengthen its leadership position in this area,” said Matt Cooper, associate provost at the Center for Learning and Technology. “The CLT plans to develop several new courses that would take full advantage of these new technologies to enhance the student learning experience while also incorporating new approaches to outcomes assessment.”

Additionally, the University will be exploring new techniques to support students enrolled in open courses and MOOCs.  Recognizing the value and ease of access offered by these courses, the University’s Center for the Assessment of Learning will develop a pilot in conjunction with EdX and the Modern States Education Alliance to provide scaffolding and support for students taking advantage of these courses with the goal of helping students complete the courses, earn University credit, and transfer those credits in seamlessly.

“The University is part of several important partnerships to explore new approaches that support learning for students enrolled in open courses,” said Marc Singer, vice provost at the Center for the Assessment of Learning.  “This grant will support the University’s efforts to explore these opportunities and allow our students to take advantage of these innovations as they work toward their goals.”