October 23, 2018

The Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC), recently announced the launch of a set of Master of Science programs in language, culture, and media skills, with f

October 16, 2018

Every year, the C21U research team hosts a group of students as part of Georgia Tech’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program. VIP brings students with diverse backgrounds together to work closely with faculty on cutting edge research.

August 24, 2018

Over the past few weeks, several of us in C21U have been working with others at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), Georgia State University (GSU), the University System of Georgia (USG), and USG eCampus to plan a series of events on “precision academics.” Precision academics is a relatively new term – we’re using it to describe technology-enabled, data-informed, and empirically-evidenced instruction.

May 09, 2018

On April 25, 129 educational innovators from around the world gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss the future of education. The event fostered a great deal of conversation and collaboration among participants due to its “unconference” format in which the agenda, speakers, and topics of discussion were determined throughout the conference proceedings.

So, what was this particular “unconference” experience like for participants? How would these conversations unfold? I traveled to Scottsdale to find out.

August 09, 2016

“Why would someone from Georgia Tech attend ISTE?” That was the question posed to me by a fellow conference attendee last week. It’s a good question – ISTE is primarily focused on educational technology in the K-12 market. While there were a handful of higher ed-related sessions during the 2016 edition of ISTE’s annual conference, I was one of the few attendees that didn’t teach in a K-12 classroom.

June 01, 2016

Research in educational technology is nothing new. Though I’m new to the C21U team at Georgia Tech, I’ve been doing this kind of research for the better part of 20 years – and I still consider myself somewhat of a newcomer. But I think it’s safe to say that the field has exploded over the past 10 – 15 years, and for two reasons: first, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 introduced to the U.S.

April 09, 2015

Beginning today, Georgia Tech leadership will participate in the 2015 Summit of the Americas, a forum for leaders in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. This year's University President's Forum portion of the summit will focus discussion on the theme of "Prosperity and education: the challenge of cooperation in the Americas."

March 24, 2015


Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable

By Richard DeMillo

(Foreword by Ambassador Andrew J. Young)

MIT Press, 2015

A report from the front lines of higher education and technology that chronicles efforts to transform teaching, learning, and opportunity.

November 12, 2014

Future of the Campus in a Digital World

In the evolutionary process of digital transformation now underway, the metaphorical walls and gates that have defined higher education are falling down.  The literal walls and gates, the physical campus will need to be rethought  to avoid a similar fate. They may be beautiful, historic and evocative, but these attributes will not be sufficient.  Those places that do not add educational value, even though beautiful will become the American equivalent of the grand country estates of England, museums of a faded golden age.

October 16, 2014

Banning laptops in classrooms is a mistake, despite the intuitively compelling and research-supported reasons for doing so. These reasons highlight the ways that laptop misuse hurts learning, suggesting that instructors must ban laptops if they care about student learning. Banning laptops treats the symptom (the misuse of laptops) and not the problem (ineffective learning techniques). If we care about students learning professional and social skills as well as academic ones, we must allow students to use their laptops in the classroom and train them how to do so effectively.


October 13, 2014

Academic Freedom is a Two Way Street

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October 03, 2014

It is just a matter of time until your campus will be closed. Usually it will be temporary. Sometimes it will be permanent.

Whether by snow and ice, wind, fire, flood, civil disorder or bankruptcy, you may be certain that your campus will be closed. It is just a matter of when and how long the closure will last. Even a brief closing provides a glimpse of higher education without the comfortable assumption of shared space and time – the familiar functionality of a campus.

September 24, 2014

The Big Data Privacy Problem for Open College Courses

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September 05, 2014

It dawned on me during the recent saloon brawl at the University of Texas over exactly when and on whose terms President William Powers would leave office that the nation’s top research universities could succumb to the rule of self-interested and unaccountable mobs.