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Stanford PERTS Seeking Proposals for Online Learning Research Initiative

The Stanford University Project for Education Research (PERTS) is inviting researchers to submit proposals for a new project called the Mindset Challenge. The program, funded by the Raikes Foundation, will investigate ways to increase academic motivation and outcomes in online learning environments. The deadline for proposals is April 1.

PERTS is looking for research proposals "that apply techniques to boost students' motivation and beliefs about learning" in large online learning environments, according to a prepared statement.

The Khan Academy, the Florida Virtual School and Kaplan University are partnering with PERTS for this initiative. All three e-learning providers will deploy brief studies, in their courses, that enable researchers to evaluate new mindset interventions and discover ways students can "get more from their online coursework." The studies will be designed to be non-intrusive and preserve students' privacy.

PERTS is a research center at Stanford University that focuses on strategies for increasing student motivation and achievement.

The deadline to submit proposals is April 1. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to challenge@perts.net and the subject line should read "Mindset Challenge Proposal." To find more information about the initiative and proposal guidelines, visit the Mindset Challenge web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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