In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama expounded upon his goals to out-innovate other nations through ground-breaking education initiatives leading to increased college completion rates. Part of the Presidentâ€™s strategy includes strengthening educational technology research and development, and his FY2012 budget proposes adding a new agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED), to press forward with such initiatives.
The Department of Education states that â€œARPA-ED will aggressively pursue technological breakthroughs that have the potential to transform teaching and learning the way the Internet, GPS, and roboticsâ€¦ have transformed commerce, travel, warfare and the way we live our daily lives.â€ Based on the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ARPA-ED will focus on funding transformative projects in the areas of teaching and learning. Some projects to be pursued include:
- Digital tutors as effective personal tutors
- Courses that improve the more students use them
- Educational software as compelling as the best videogame
Aside from improving K-12 and postsecondary learning, the Department also suggests that projects will deliver fast-paced learning opportunities to help retrain displaced workers for workforce reentry.
To read more, visit the Department of Educationâ€™s Winning the Education Future: The Role of ARPA-ED.