Australian edtech startup Practera has distributed more than $550,000 in in-kind grants to 16 Australian Universities to accelerate online experiential learning programs through Covid.
Across 2 rounds in March and May 2020 Practera’s Experiential Learning Innovation Grants program has supported 26 projects at 12 Universities with the potential to benefit more than 100,000 learners through its platform technology.
The program aims to help University educators continue to innovate valuable experiential learning programs in the face of Covid-19 resource constraints and challenges. Practera will commit $1M in support through this program in 2020, with the next round in August / September.
Angie Knaggs, Senior Educational Designer in the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law received a round 1 grant to work with Practera to develop a Faculty Capstone program – Learning by Doing in a Disruptive World. She said “We had already determined that Practera was the right platform for this flagship program, which is a highly applied, interdisciplinary and team based unit with strong industry engagement, feedback loops and project based collaboration. It was obviously however a challenging time to request funds for new technology, so from our perspective the grant came at just the right time to enable us to move forward. The design & configuration project is underway and the Practera team are great to work with – we appreciate their investment in our program!”
Round 2 projects funded 16 projects across 12 Universities worth $317,000, and included;
- University of Adelaide; Adaptive Trade Leadership executive education program
- Macquarie University; HDR career mentoring program
- University of Melbourne; reflection & micro-credentialing system for global mobility
- SCU, Kaher Institute & India partners; professional placement nurse mentoring for Indian nursing graduates
- WSU ‘Venture Makers’; whole of University innovation & entrepreneurship industry accelerator
- QUT; Transdisciplinary curriculum embedded industry project program
- RMIT; in curriculum virtual projects for Business & Engineering
- UWA; digital industry projects
- UQ; WEF 21C Skills Career Decidedness Program
- University of Canberra; virtual internships & industry project platform
- La Trobe University; cross-faculty innovation & entrepreneurship skills accelerator
- VU Business School; choose your own adventure’ career planner
Round 1 committed $250,000 in a first round of in-kind support for the following 10 projects;
- UQ BEL Faculty Capstone, Learning by Doing in a Disruptive World
- Nurse mentoring for Southern Cross University School of Health & Human Sciences
- Virtual student projects with ECU School of Business & Law, University of Adelaide School of the Professions, and UNSW Business School
- 10x Program alumni mentoring with UNSW Entrepreneurship
- Work simulations for the University of Sydney Business School
- International alumni mentoring for the University of Sydney
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