Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP)

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Questions to Consider in Developing a Strong LAAP Project
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Is Your Project Idea Competitive?
Is Your Project Well-Designed?

  1. Does your project target a local population? Are you addressing a local need? Or are your partners local? If so, then your proposal may not have sufficient scope or ambition. If you are serving a local need, are there others elsewhere in the nation who would benefit from the delivery of the same services? Can you use partnerships and resource sharing to deliver services to them as well?
  2. Is your project scalable to increasing numbers of students and faculty? Will it be cost-effective and sustainable? If you cannot answer affirmatively to these questions, your proposal may not have the reach or foundation appropriate for LAAP.
  3. Have you addressed all needs comprehensively? For example, if you are developing software, have you devised a plan to integrate it into curricula, does it address competencies that are consistent with licensing or credit requirements, do you have a plan to distribute the software and get faculty to use it? Will the software be multi-platform compatible? Etc. If you are going to share courses/programs across institutions, have you addressed the need for sharing development costs, distributing revenues, recognizing faculty property rights, etc.?
  4. Does your project idea challenge traditional structures or practices? If so, that is probably good. Does your project transform methods of educational delivery or merely supplement conventional approaches?
  5. How does your project compare to other leading reforms or initiatives nationally? Does it contribute something new and significant? Or is your project similar to approaches many others have used?
  6. Have you designed a solid evaluation plan that will be executed by an independent evaluator with good social science research skills? What benchmarks will be used to measure student learning and what kinds of comparisons are possible when educational delivery is non-traditional?
  7. Do your partners include all the major players necessary to tackle an issue effectively? Do they make new opportunities possible that wouldn't have been possible before? Are you clear about partner roles and responsibilities?
  8. Do you have solid financial commitments from all partners and clearly defined roles for each to play? Is it clear what will be expected of them as time progresses and the grant funding ends?
  9. Will students have "anytime anywhere" access to all necessary support services?


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