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:
- Establishment of a framework for funders’ ecosystem
- Development of an anchor community of collaborative learning funders
- 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.