SBIR Phase I: Courseload Learning Platform: Digital Delivery and Use of Course Materials in Higher Education

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945499
Agency Tracking Number: 0945499
Amount: $199,916.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: EA
Solitcitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Courseload
315 E. 72nd St., Indianapolis, IN, 46240
Duns: 830800079
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Levitan
 PhD
 (317) 257-0570
 mickey@courseload.com
Business Contact
 Michael Levitan
Title: PhD
Phone: (317) 257-0570
Email: mickey@courseload.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project entitled Courseload Learning Platform: Digital Delivery and Use of Course Materials in Higher Education proposes to test the technical and commercial merits of an innovation aimed at greatly accelerating the use of digital course materials in higher education. It involves an industry-university collaboration with Indiana University which will mobilize students and faculty in STEM courses to help guide development of the set of conditions and capabilities required to build and leverage a broader digital learning infrastructure. Phase I findings will frame further research and innovation required in Phase II to help realize the strong commercial potential of this idea. The project aims to develop an innovative two-tiered approach to removing barriers that prevent widespread use of digital course materials in higher education. First is a novel business model that overcomes intellectual property issues and reduces materials cost by 50%. This makes possible the second tier -- technical advancements in learning tools that enhance student attainment and enable faculty to improve teaching methodology. Building on a Fall 2009 pilot in the Information Systems discipline with its partner Indiana University, the project will conduct further research in a Spring Expansion to additional STEM disciplines, testing elements that drive viral student acceptance and improve educational outcomes.

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