For the past 10 years, MacArthur has supported research and design experiments to understand the implications for education of young people’s use of digital media.
A new approach, Connected Learning, has emerged as a powerful way to connect fragmented spheres of a young person’s life—interests, academic and work opportunities, and peer culture. The Foundation has determined that real scale and spread of Connected Learning requires a new, more diverse set of investors and partners; alternative funding models and mechanisms; and a more entrepreneurial and innovative way of operating than is possible as a foundation program. In October of 2015, MacArthur launched Collective Shift, a new, independent nonprofit organization whose initial goal is broad adoption of the principles, practices, and products of Connected Learning. Grants that do not specifically relate to this new development will come to a close over the next two to three years.