‘Online Learning Center’ Proposals Sought

Department of Education looking to support online learning for children with disabilities
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The U.S. government is seeking proposals for the creation and management of an online learning center for children with disabilities.

On May 4, 2011, the Department of Education (DoE) posted a Federal Register notice, “Applications for New Awards; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities; Center on Online Learning and Students With Disabilities,” seeking applications for the establishment and operation of a “Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities.”

Under the terms of the notice, the “online learning” can be partially or entirely over the Internet and can be lecture-based or more interactive.

In addition to managing the online learning center, the grantee will conduct online learning research focused on trends, issues and outcomes related to the use of online learning by K–12 students.

The estimated annual funding available for the project is $1.497 million per year, for three years, with an addition two years of funding if the grantee is achieving the intended outcomes of the grant, according to the notice.

Applications for this competition, CFDA number 84.327U, are available through the DoE Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), or from the program office. The deadline to file applications is June 20, 2011.