How do you bring current events into the college classroom? Do you have a digital assignment that incorporates popular culture? In our Make It Count contest, you have the opportunity to share how you use digital learning tools to engage students in current events for a chance at great prizes.

Incorporating real-world elements into your course can promote learning by showing students the relevance of the material and encouraging them to become better engaged.

We have heard of incredible digital assignments that intertwine college coursework with current events or pop culture. Perhaps your digital assignment aims to teach students a little bit about current events. Or, perhaps your assignment asks students to relate course topics to pieces of pop culture, to help them better understand key concepts.

No matter the method, we want to know: How do you make it count with current events?

The Make It Count contest invites college instructors to share their favorite digital assignment and how it engages students for a chance at prizes, including paid travel and registration to EDUCAUSE or a national conference of the winner’s choice. The official deadline is 11:59 PM on April 13, 2016. Ten finalists will be announced on April 22, 2016, when the public will vote to determine the winner.

Instructors also have the opportunity to enter now for a chance at additional prizes. Instructors who submit a video by 11:59 PM on March 10, 2016 sharing how they make it count with current events could win a $100 gift card and automatic entry into our finalist round.

To participate, film a short video (two minutes or less) telling your colleagues about your favorite digital assignment and how it incorporates current events and/or popular culture. Then, submit it on our Make It Count contest website, where you can also find complete contest details and the official contest rules.

Not only is this contest a chance to win great prizes, it is also an opportunity to share your best ideas with your peers and learn from them, too. We are excited to see the unique ways that you blend digital assignments with current events.


» Learn more about the Make it Count contest… then, show us how you use digital to teach current events!