Today, traditional colleges and universities face escalating operational challenges, including reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success—or more bleakly, their survival—requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches. By testing educational techniques in actual classrooms, C21U develops proven technology-driven solutions that result in optimal student outcomes through creative institutional change. Combining technological solutions with practice and process modifications, C21U leverages beneficial industry and educational connections, offering important first steps toward defining the university of the 21st century.
In July 2012, C21U led the development of Georgia Tech’s strategic partnership with Coursera to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) as a member of the company’s second cohort of prestigious universities. C21U continues to be on the forefront of educational innovation with initiatives underway on a range of major technological platforms. The Center is also exploring the application of MOOCs and other technologies toward enhancement of educational outcomes for Georgia Tech students.