When C21U was first launched in 2011, we were a small team that wanted to be a living laboratory for experimenting with fundamental change in higher education. More than five years down the road, much has changed within C21U, Georgia Tech and higher education as a whole.

Since our founding, C21U has moved from a research center in the College of Computing to a research hub in within the Office of the Provost. Our team has grown in numbers and changed in focus. We've helped to form an Educational Innovation Ecosystem (EIE) that brings together research centers and units from across campus with a common purpose: to explore what a Georgia education might become in a world in which society, institutions, students, and the workplace are all changing dramatically. 

This timeline follows the history of C21U from College-affiliate think tank to today's transformative role as the research arm of Georgia Tech's Office of the Provost.

2011

C21U launch celebration invitation graphic

September

  • C21U launches as a research center affiliated with Georgia Tech's College of Computing

November

  • First UnConference on Open Courseware
  • Offered #change11 MOOC for credit

December

  • C21U Hosts Techbursts Competition

2012

C21U's Rich DeMillo Sharing a Presentation on 2012 programs in the center

January

  • Second UnConference on Games in Education

July

November

  • Bill & Melinda Gates grant award for expanding student access to quality online education

December

  • $6 million gift from anonymous donor to fund educational innovation

2013

OMSCS program launch graphic

May

  • Georgia Tech's College of Computing launches its groundbreaking online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) degree program

2014

Coursera Georgia Tech Course on FHIR with Mark Braunstein

January

  • Enrollment in Georgia Tech MOOCs reaches one million

March

  • C21U is a contributor to the Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) Federal Register Notice regarding "High Impact Learning Technologies"

2015

C21U panel discussion after The Ivory Tower documentary screening

April

  • Georgia Tech Screening of The Ivory Tower documentary

October

  • C21U becomes the research arm of the Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Provost's new Educational Innovation Ecosystem (EIE) launches and is led by C21U, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), and the Office of Information Technology (OIT)

November

  • Office of the Provost, in partnership with C21U, announces the Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE)

2016

OpenIDEO Higher Ed Challenge Graphic showing C21U as a sponsor

January

October

  • Third UnConference on Analytics

November

2017

Deloitte Pathways to the University Presidency report graphic

April

  • C21U and Deloitte University Press Release Pathways to the Presidency research report (announced by Jeff Selingo)

May

August

December

  • Fifth Anniversary of the College of Computing's groundbreaking Threads curriculum (spearheaded by Rich DeMillo)

2018

CNE Report banner graphic

April

  • The Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE) launches its final report, "Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education," expanding upon two years of intensive research and outlining Georgia Tech's commitment and new approach to lifelong engagement with learners of all ages.

June

July

  • C21U partners with the Georgia Tech Language Institute (GTLI) to design and launch a free app for non-native English speakers, "Speak English Professionally." The app is based on GTLI's preexisting Coursera course. (App design in conjunction with Onlea) [Pending addition to app store]