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Are you a University educator with an amazing experiential learning program to launch and scale online in 2021? Short of resources?

Australian edtech startup Practera is providing up to $1M in support grants to Australian University educators to accelerate online experiential learning programs which can have a positive impact for students now - and in the future. Round 3 is open now and exclusive to members of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), as part of Practera's sponsorship of the ACEN Virtual Summit Oct 27-28 2020

http://acen.edu.au/summit-about/   


Every day we work with educators in Australia and around the world to launch and scale innovative experiential learning programs, from nurse mentoring, to industrial PhD mentoring, to export market research, to international health development projects. These are programs that help students and businesses build new skills and a better future. We need these programs more than ever. 

We are also at a watershed moment in education technology with the world of learning and work all moving online, and with virtual engagement becoming the norm overnight. We’ve been working on the nexus between learning, work and digital for 10 years with a broad range of Universities, Government and Employer customers in Australia and around the world.

Many of our University customers and partners have great concepts that need funding and enabling technology – but with Covid-19 hurting University revenues, resources are tight.

This program is for you

If Practera’s online experiential learning platform and design capability can help you, we would like to hear about your project. If it's a good fit, we will provide you a proposal for up to $50,000 per project in design, licensing and support credits to help make your program a reality.

We are seeking a short 1 pager or email (Max 1 page / 500 words) by 5 PM Monday Nov  2, outlining your project and how it aligns with the following investment criteria;

University of Adelaide; Adaptive Trade Leadership executive education program

RMIT Vietnam; E-portfolio & credentialing technology to support Personal Edge employability 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

Frequently Asked Questions

ACEN members as of Nov 2, 2020

Support for the project from authorised officer of the University (eg; Head of School, Dean etc)

Project activities substantially completed by June 2021

Cannot fund BAU activities – new or substantially transformed programs. Eligible activities will include design, configurations, integrations, deployment, pilot licensing, support services & evaluation

Must seek to incorporate the Practera platform

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Are these cash grants?

No – they are ‘in-kind’ grants to fund the whole or part cost of a Practera pilot project.

Is this a real program?

Yes – we are happy to provide referee contact details for round 1 recipients cited at major Universities, and have every intention of expending $1M in in kind funding during 2020 through this program, should sufficient high quality concepts be submitted. We will report publicly at the end of 2020.

Is my submission confidential?

Yes – we will maintain commercial in confidence all submissions, and delete those that do not proceed to shortlist. Should you proceed with a grant supported project we will work with you to develop a case study.

What is the evaluation process?

We will make a good faith determination on the merit criteria listed above, and the fit with the capabilities we have to support your project. You may submit an amazing project with requirements we don’t meet very well - if this is the case we will let you know. All submissions will be treated respectfully and receive written feedback.

Does submitting an EOI place any obligation on me to proceed?

Not in any way. We will seek to have discussions with shortlisted concept owners to establish if both sides think there is a good fit, and if so we will provide a product demo & commercial proposal incorporating a grant offer. It is entirely up to the institution to accept or decline.

Can I discuss my idea before submitting an EOI?

Yes – please contact us through elig@practera.com.

Submit Idea

Further eligibility requirements

Process and timelines

Expressions of Interest submitted by 5pm AEST Monday 2 Nov

Shortlisting and feedback by Monday 9 Nov 

Project scoping / shortlisting discussions by Monday 16 Nov

Offers/proposals received by Friday 20 Nov

Funded project activities substantially complete by June 30, 2021

Expression of Interest Due Mon Nov 2

Submit Idea

1 Ie; there is using the power of technology to increase accessibility, quality, scale, efficiency and/or engagement of programs such as team projects, placement/internships, work simulations, mentoring, accelerators or skill credentialing. 

Ie; there is a reasonable likelihood that the program will be economically viable once developed and successfully piloted, can support standard licensing costs and be scaled to higher numbers of users

To be collaboratively determined with shortlisted concept managers and internal stakeholders eg; University procurement & IT

Learn MoreView Submission Criteria

Round 1 & 2

Has the prospect to deliver a positive impact to students and employers at large scale

Represents a meaningful innovation in digital experiential learning1

The program has a reasonable prospect of being sustainable and scalable into the future2

Fits with Practera capabilities, internally resource the project and ability to deploy the platform3

Experiential Learning Innovation Grants 

Are you a University educator with an amazing experiential learning program to launch and scale online in 2021? Short of resources?

Australian edtech startup Practera is providing up to $1M in support grants to Australian University educators to accelerate online experiential learning programs which can have a positive impact for students now - and in the future. 

Round 3 is open now and exclusive to members of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), as part of Practera’s sponsorship of the ACEN Virtual Summit Oct 27-28 2020 http://acen.edu.au/summit-about/ 

Round 3 Expression of Interest Due Mon Nov 2

View Submission Criteria

Every day we work with educators in Australia and around the world to launch and scale innovative experiential learning programs, from nurse mentoring, to industrial PhD mentoring, to export market research, to international health development projects. These are programs that help students and businesses build new skills and a better future. We need these programs more than ever. 

We are also at a watershed moment in education technology with the world of learning and work all moving online, and with virtual engagement becoming the norm overnight. We’ve been working on the nexus between learning, work and digital for 10 years with a broad range of Universities, Government and Employer customers in Australia and around the world.

Many of our University customers and partners have great concepts that need funding and enabling technology – but with Covid-19 hurting University revenues, resources are tight.

This program is for you

If Practera’s online experiential learning platform and design capability can help you, we would like to hear about your project. If it's a good fit, we will provide you a proposal for up to $50,000 per project in design, licensing and support credits to help make your program a reality.

We are seeking a short 1 pager or email (Max 1 page / 500 words) by Monday, November 2, outlining your project and how it aligns with the following investment criteria;

Submit IdeaLearn More

Has the prospect to deliver a positive impact to students and employers at large scale

Represents a meaningful innovation in digital experiential learning1

The program has a reasonable prospect of being sustainable and scalable into the future2

Fits with Practera capabilities, internally resource the project and ability to deploy the platform3

Across round 1 & 2 Practera have already deployed more than $550,000 in in-kind grants to 16 Australian Universities to accelerate online experiential learning programs through COVID. 

Angie Knaggs, Senior Education 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 1 & 2 

Further eligibility requirements

ACEN member as of Nov 2, 2020

Support for the project from authorised officer of the University (eg; Head of School, Dean etc)

Project activities substantially completed by June 2021

Cannot fund BAU activities – new or substantially transformed programs. Eligible activities will include design, configurations, integrations, deployment, pilot licensing, support services & evaluation

Must seek to incorporate the Practera platform

Submit Idea

Process and timelines

Expressions of Interest submitted by 5 pm AEST Monday 2 Nov

Shortlisting and feedback by Monday 9 Nov

Project scoping/shortlisting discussions by Monday 16 Nov

Offers/proposals received by Friday 20 Nov

Funded project activities substantially complete by June 30, 2021

Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these cash grants?

No – they are ‘in-kind’ grants to fund the whole or part cost of a Practera pilot project.

Is this a real program?

Yes – we are happy to provide referee contact details for round 1 recipients cited at major Universities, and have every intention of expending $1M in in kind funding during 2020 through this program, should sufficient high quality concepts be submitted. We will report publicly at the end of 2020.

Is my submission confidential?

Yes – we will maintain commercial in confidence all submissions, and delete those that do not proceed to shortlist. Should you proceed with a grant supported project we will work with you to develop a case study.

What is the evaluation process?

We will make a good faith determination on the merit criteria listed above, and the fit with the capabilities we have to support your project. You may submit an amazing project with requirements we don’t meet very well - if this is the case we will let you know. All submissions will be treated respectfully and receive written feedback.

Does submitting an EOI place any obligation on me to proceed?

Not in any way. We will seek to have discussions with shortlisted concept owners to establish if both sides think there is a good fit, and if so we will provide a product demo & commercial proposal incorporating a grant offer. It is entirely up to the institution to accept or decline.

Can I discuss my idea before submitting an EOI?

Yes – please contact us through elig@practera.com.

University of Adelaide; Adaptive Trade Leadership executive education program

RMIT Vietnam; E-portfolio & credentialing technology to support Personal Edge employability 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

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

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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Funded Projects 

Funded Projects 

Across round 1 & 2 Practera have already deployed more than $550,000 in in-kind grants to 16 Australian Universities to accelerate online experiential learning programs through COVID. 

Angie Knaggs, Senior Education 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!”

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

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