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The Next Generation Learning Challenges offers grants to target specific challenges that address barriers to educational success. The first wave of funding was announced in October 2010 and focused primarily on postsecondary education. Four challenges comprised Wave I:  deployment of open core courseware, scaling of blended learning programs, encouragement of deeper learner engagement and mobilization of learning analytics.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) received a Wave I grant through NGLC in March 2011.  See Grantee: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for more information.

Wave I Grant Submission Information

The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) was built on the success of the open educational science courseware and the Remote Web-based Science Laboratory (RWSL) developed by members of BCcampus, a consortium of 25 postsecondary institutions, located in British Columbia (BC), Canada, BCcampus.  As part of its Open Educational Resource development initiative, BCCampus-funded member institutions developed online biology, physics, geology, and chemistry courses and designed, acquired and operationalized a RWSL to fulfil the lab component of these courses. BCCampus licensed these courses for reuse and sharing via Creative Commons licensing.

This work was replicated by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) in partnership with BCCampus, WICHE and other two- and four-year institutions from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming (see Partners.) NANSLO supported integration of RWSL technology and open science courseware in three gatekeeper courses required for science majors:  biology, physics and chemistry offered at 13 colleges that comprise CCCS.

The goal of the project was to provide a consortium approach to the development and deployment of high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware integrating learner-centered and immersive web-based labs using software, video and robotics for the study of science courses.

BCcampus provided web-based science lab equipment, infrastructure and setup recommendations to WICHE and CCCS.  CCCS, comprised of 13 community colleges, piloted customized RWSL curriculum developed from this initial work in entry-level biology, chemistry and physics courses at CCCOnline.

Out of this project, an advisory board was formed.  See NANSLO Advisory Board for information about the current board.

WICHE, a nonprofit organization with 16 member states and territories, was selected as the coordinating partner and fiscal agent for the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) during the project and continues to serve in that role.

Primary Challenge Area:  Open Core Courseware
Secondary Focus Area:  Deeper Learning

Principal Investigators:
Pat Shea, Director, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Internet Course Exchange
Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost for the Colorado Community College System
      (now Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer at Colorado Department
       of Higher Education)
Paul Stacey, Director, Curriculum Development, BCCampus (now with Creative Commons)