FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the judging criteria?


Judging will be weighted in the following manner:

Creativity: 25%

- How will the organization use NextThought's LMS platform to engage with users in a way that has not yet been implemented by the organization?

- How will this user interaction take full advantage of the NextThought features?

Impact: 35%

- How will using NextThought's LMS platform further the organization’s mission, increase the bottom line, enhance the ability to connect with its audience, etc.?

- Audience: How many people will be impacted, who will be impacted, etc.?

- How will the content provide positive growth for users? - How will the organization use NextThought's LMS platform to provide an enriched interactive community?

Implementation: 25%

- Does the organization have the content ready to implement?

- Does the organization have a designated person who will collaborate with NextThought to learn the platform and integrate the content?

- Has the organization thought through a realistic implementation plan for the project?

Feasibility: 15%

- Does the content make sense for NextThought's LMS platform?

- What will be the minimum requirements needed for the audience to engage with the educational content? Are there any prerequisites users need in order to understand and participate in the content?

- If the cost for implementation is estimated to exceed $15k, can the organization support the additional expense or is the idea cost-prohibitive?




How do I know I am eligible to apply?


In short, any Oklahoma organization. To be eligible, the applicant organization must be based in the state of Oklahoma. It can be a for-profit business, a non-profit organization or a public sector entity.




When is the deadline for entries?


The deadline for entries is February 25th, 2020 at 11:59 CST.




Can you give me examples of projects that use NextThought's LMS platform?


Please view example projects on the Case Studies web page.




Will my organization’s budget impact my chances of being selected?


The intention of the grant is to see the project successfully implemented in Oklahoma. With this as our goal, realistic financials is an expectation. If the project scope exceeds $15,000, it is the responsibility of the winner to have a financial plan in place such as another grant or the ability to cover the additional cost.




Does my project idea have to impact a specific amount of people, demographic(s), or geographic area?


The project should result in a clear impact for the organization and/or the people it serves. The impact described in the project entry will be judged relative to the organization's objectives. While the project is required to be implemented by an Oklahoma business, the project may positively impact those outside of the Oklahoma state borders.




How do I know if my idea is realistically implementable?


We interpret "realistically implementable" in two ways: (1) Applicant Resources - can the organization afford the project or garner the resources necessary (i.e. additional grants); does the organization have the means to implement the project? (2) Technical Feasibility - is the project technically feasible? Because this may be challenging for an applicant to determine, we have provided the following opportunities to get more information: (a) Review the project examples page to see how your project idea may relate to existing projects, which are tagged with price ranges. (b) Attend the Q&A webinar hosted by NextThought and I-CCEW. (c) Request an appointment with NextThought by emailing jon.hunnell@nextthought.com NextThought will not provide specific pricing to applicants but will offer potential price ranges for project ideas.




How will I know the price range for my project idea?


Questions or concerns about what a particular project idea may cost can be addressed in the following ways: (1) Review the project examples page to see how your project idea may relate to existing projects, which are tagged with price ranges. (2) Attend the Q&A webinar hosted by NextThought and I-CCEW. (3) Request an appointment with NextThought by emailing jon.hunnell@nextthought.com. NextThought will not provide specific pricing to applicants but will offer potential price ranges for project ideas.




Does the Oklahoma Innovation Project Grant have an expiration date?


The winning project must be implementable by December 2021.




Does a 501C3 (non-profit) applicant have any advantage over a for-profit applicant?


No.




I still have questions. Can I contact NextThought?


Questions can be addressed in the following ways: (1) Review the project examples page to see how your project idea may relate to existing projects. (2) Review the entire FAQ list. (3) Attend the Q&A webinar hosted by NextThought and I-CCEW. (4) Request an appointment with Trifecta Communcations by emailing jon.hunnell@nextthought.com




Is there a Q&A session for interested applicants?


NextThought and I-CCEW are hosting a live webinar to discuss the application and answer questions. Serious applicants are highly encouraged to attend. The webinars are scheduled as follows: Friday, January 29th 12-12:30PM Wednesday, February 10th 3-3:30 PM Click here to register




What is NextThought's Learning Management System?


NextThought’s learning management system is a robust cloud-based software that allows you to create a custom course layout for e-learning purposes. The platform is browser-based allowing for seamless learning experiences from both computer and mobile devices. It allows you to host everything that you need to create and operate a course. You can create new curriculum directly in the platform through easy options to generate discussion boards, articles, assignments, events, and more. You can also upload existing content to the platform. The platform has robust social and success tracking features to keep platform users engaged and interested in the material Examples of each are outlined in the examples section of the website.




What does the NextThought platform look like?


See the demo here.