HP Catalyst Academy

HP Catalyst Academy

The HP Catalyst Academy is now the NMC Academy, offering a rich range of online mini-courses for STEM+ educators. Sign up for free NMC Academy mini-courses by visiting www.academy.nmc.org.


From its earliest conception, the HP Catalyst Academy was founded on the idea that online learning continues to be a new frontier. After years of working with dozens of institutions as part of the HP Catalyst Initiative, the core partners — HP, ISTE, and NMC — landed upon the idea of encouraging active online learning and engaging learning design among those most involved in it, teachers and faculty in some 45 countries.

In its initial year, the Academy emerged as a hands-on experience for thousands of educators, a place where new ideas are tested easily and quickly, where learners are teachers and vice versa. More than 35 mini-courses were developed, each serving an average of 100 students, and each a unique experiment in online learning.

The HP Catalyst Academy has now moved to the next phase of its development under the leadership of the New Media Consortium. The NMC Academy is a new and expanded form of this experimental testing ground that has opened its doors to a much wider set of innovative learning experiences for education professionals. The NMC Academy will continue into 2014 and beyond as a major initiative of the NMC.



HP Catalyst Academy – List of recipients

Each of the following organizations received an HP grant of $16,000 to develop an HP Catalyst Academy mini-course.

Peer 2 Peer University Inc.: Choose Your Own Learning Adventure

CSEV, Centro Superior para la Enseñanza Virtual: Mobile app design without programming

Digital Wish: Mobile Curriculum Building Hack-a-Thon

The Blake School: Stereotype Threat: The Key to Eliminating Invisible Barriers to Success in STEM+

New Jersey City University: The Sound of Science: Making Audio for STEM+

Learning Links Foundation:
• Rural problems (Issues), STEM+ solutions and conversations
• Cultivating creativity and innovation (the CCI course) – Creating an ICT-enabled transformational learning environment

Polar Bears International: Arctic Connections: Changing Ecosystems Around the World

Taking IT Global Youth Association:
• Intercultural Understanding through Digital Exchanges
• DeforestACTION: Developing Earthwatchers in your Classroom

Good Shepherd Episcopal School: Digitally Curious: Fostering Mathematical Curiosity in Technology-rich Learning Environments

University of the Western Cape: Teaching and learning of science through inquiry-based science learning centres

Saint Andrew's School: Creating Social Entrepreneurs using the Design Cycle Engineering Model

California State University, Northridge: Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS): Engaging students in Science and Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards

STEM Team East: Analyzing Sporting Performance with GeoGebra

Pepperdine University: Crash Course on Games (for Learning) and Game Design

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia: Developing Mobile Augmented Reality Apps

Slide2learn: Using Mobile Devices to turn students into citizen scientists

Universidad de Palermo: GAME (Geogebra Application for Meaningful Education)

Agastya International Foundation: Building digital literacy in the hands-on science classroom

TakingITGlobal (TIG): Challenge-based learning on climate change

Longwood Institute: Computational thinking in K-12 classrooms

Reach the World: Connecting students to their world

SUNY Empire State College: Exploring STEM competencies through e-portfolios

Carnegie Mellon University: Flipping your class: An analytics-based approach

The Learning Game Network (LGN): Game design for learning

Del Mar College: Geospatial tech for STEM+ learning

Apps for Good: Helping students change their world through app design

Colorado School of Mines: InkSurvey: Graphical response tool for real-time formative assessment

University of Bristol: Planning enriching ICT-mediated STEM+ experiences

Polar Bears International: Polar bears in a changing climate

Northwestern University: Remote labs

FabFoundation.org: STEM|FAB studio: A teachers' lounge for learning and making

University of Southern California: Thinking like an engineer: Teaching and learning pre-college engineering

The New Media Consortium (NMC): Applications of social media for STEM+ teaching