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Digital Learning Design Challenge

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Bring your creativity and innovation to help solve the most pressing challenges facing learners today.


New approaches and high-quality learning tools are in high demand. Richer, more rewarding learning environments go beyond lectures and worksheets to support a learning community where students persist and thrive. 

Through the Digital Learning Design Challenge, Stanford students will learn to approach problems in education through a student-centered lens, using research and design to create solutions that have the potential for broad adoption. You will have the opportunity to develop and pitch for funding. You may also be selected to conduct early-stage prototyping and present to industry professionals.

Why participate in the Digital Learning Design Challenge?


The design challenge gives students access to a series of workshops to grow your knowledge and your network. Workshops will focus on learner-centered design processes, learning science and design, technical implementation, team building, and entrepreneurship.


Participants selected for funding will gain access to mentors who provide support throughout the later-stage research, design, and development phases of their projects. Mentors include faculty experts, industry experts, and near-peers with recent experience in development of digital learning experiences.


The Digital Learning Design Challenge and Start X provide students with an opportunity to receive award funding throughout various phases of ideation and design.

Connection to gatekeepers

Participants selected for funding will also be connected to a community of entrepreneurs, faculty experts, and industry gatekeepers interested in leveraging science and design to produce more effective learning solutions.


Fall Quarter 2021

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Winter Quarter 2022

Details coming soon.