A group of blurred students walking. C21U, a Catalyst for Impactful Innovation

Established in 2010, the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental educational change.

Serving as a research arm of the Division of Lifetime Learning, C21U's technologists and researchers support the Institute's innovation mission by pushing the boundaries of what is already done in higher education to bring learners the most impactful resources and technologies.

We serve as a nexus of collaboration and communication and a catalyst for innovation, bringing together an array of internal and external partners across various disciplines.

Through a sustained and systemic program of research, experimentation, design, prototyping, and implementation, C21U serves the Institute in thought leadership, educational technology design, community building, and support of Georgia Tech stakeholders of all ages.

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Featured Research

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The global pandemic accelerated the shift to remote teaching, leading to a rise in digital course materials such as textbooks. However, existing literature indicates limited research on how online students utilize digital textbooks and the features they find valuable for their online learning experiences and desire to aid their learning. Therefore, this research aimed to explore the experiences and perceptions among diverse online students and then draw implications for designing future intelligent textbooks.

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Georgia Tech Receives Global Recognition for EdTech Leadership

Georgia Tech received the Power Learner Potential Organization Award from the 1EdTech Consortium at the 2024 Learning Impact Conference. The award honors organizations for creating innovative, open, and trusted edtech ecosystems that empower learner potential.

C21U’s LLMs in Education Project Highlights

C21U researchers are excited about LLMs' potential to transform education by offering personalized learning experiences to students at scale. Their findings provide unique insights by analyzing individual learners' processes and outcomes and constructing predictive models to identify potential improvement areas and enhance learner engagement and success.

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