Teasley awarded grant to coordinate funding efforts for cyberlearning initiatives

During a 2012 MacArthur Foundation summit comprised of leaders from nonprofit educational foundations across the country, UMSI professor Dan Atkins and NSF researcher Dr. Gail McClure facilitated a discussion on transformative programs for educational innovation. This discussion led to the identification of numerous potential synergies among foundations. As a prominent researcher in the fields of collaboration and learning, Dr. Stephanie D. Teasley was named as the principle investigator for an in-depth study to bring these ideas to fruition by creating a “learning ecosystem.”

Teasley’s work will coordinate the execution of tasks identified in the summit through a three phase approach that takes place over the next year. Phases include:

  1. Establishment of a framework for funders’ ecosystem
  2. Development of an anchor community of collaborative learning funders
  3. Facilitate community growth and increase the value of participation

Through each of these phases, Teasley’s work will be instrumental in the formation of a coherent, directed set of education policies to direct the national discussion on education reform. The school of information’s unique socio-technical expertise, combined with Teasley’s extensive background in socially shared cognition, computers and education, and success outcomes, will drive the creation of this network of nonprofit foundations dedicated to a better future for learners across the country.

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013