The University of California has been awarded a $748,000 grant by the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) program for a pilot project to develop online courses. UC's project was one of 29 chosen from more than 600 applicants. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided the funding through the NGLC program, which is led by EDUCAUSE, a non-profit group seeking to promote the thoughtful use of technology in higher education.
The announcement of the new funding is the latest milestone for the project, which has been in the planning stages from more than a year and a half. The award comes two months after a peer review committee selected 29 UC faculty to develop the UC Online Instruction Pilot Project's first courses. More than 70 professors had applied to participate in the project. Five UCLA faculty’s proposed courses are among those selected for development:
- Political Science Professor Kathleen Bawn — Political Science 30: Politics and Strategy
- Statistics Professor and Department Chair Jan de Leeuw — Statistics 10: Introductory Statistics
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Yung-Ya Lin — General Chemistry 1-3
- Political Science Professor Susanne Lohmann — PS 115A - Ethics and Governance
- Professor of Design | Media Arts Victoria Vesna — Art, Science and Technology, DESMA 9
Click these links for more information on the NGLC grant and on the UC Online Instruction Pilot Project.
Shown above from left: Bawn, de Leeuw, Lin, Lohmann and Vesna