|MOOC Research Initiative
The MOOC Research Initiative was funded by an $840,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Athabasca University. The purpose of the initiative was to address the pressing gap of peer-reviewed research that was created by the dramatic proliferation of MOOCs in higher education. Researchers applied for $10,000-$25,000 grants to examine the efficacy of early MOOC models for learners in varying contexts. The LINK Lab’s efforts culminated in a conference hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington and a report titled Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning.