The Future of Digital Credentials: Employer Perspectives and Insights from C21U's Research

10 March 2023

C21U researchers presented their findings to Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC), a collective of higher education institutions across North America and Europe working together on building the digital credentialing infrastructure for education systems of the future.

They shared results from Employer Connect, a research project exploring perceptions of digital credentials from the perspective of employers, hiring managers and job seekers. Their research has resulted in valuable insights on the barriers to adoption and the usability of digital credentialing technology, including the DCC Learner Credential Wallet. 

Working Groups Established to Explore Lifetime Learning Unit

14 October 2022

The Georgia Institute of Technology is announcing its intention to launch a new academic unit dedicated to lifetime learning. The new unit will bring together three entities whose work underpins its mission and vision: Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), and the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U).

In the Loop: How Formative Feedback Supports Remote Teaching

07 September 2022

During the pandemic, assessment of student learning became even more important than usual as instructors sought tools to gauge student success in a remote, unexpected (and, for many instructors, new) educational environment. Prompted by Georgia Tech’s emergency shift to remote instruction, our team at the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) piloted a key performance indicator (KPI) tool designed to provide instructors with expanded insight into student learning and success in remote courses.

Developing an Open Source Wallet for Digital Credentials

06 July 2022

The members of the Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC) — comprising 12 international universities — are working together to develop new digital systems for academic credentials. The DCC approach focuses on open standards, as well as developing software, systems and approaches to ensure learner control of their digital credentials.

Thoughts from the Executive Director

01 January 2022

At this point it goes without saying that 2020 - 2021 was an academic year unlike any other. As a living laboratory dedicated to fundamental change in education, the Center for 21st Century Universities was perhaps better prepared than most when such change is thrust upon us. Change is a big part of what we do.

Updated Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Tool Available in Canvas for Spring 2022

21 December 2021

In August 2020, C21U announced the release of the newest version of the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) tool in Canvas. The KPI tool was originally designed to help instructors monitor students’ learning and gain insight into how to enhance learning in future hybrid or remote courses. Student users were asked to complete a brief anonymous online survey on a weekly basis in which they self-rate their learning experiences in different areas. The initial group of testers echoed that this tool will continue to remain useful in a fully residential mode.

Georgia Tech Will Help Bring Critical Advancements to Online Learning as Part of Multimillion Dollar NSF Grant

29 July 2021

Georgia Tech is a major partner in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Artificial Intelligence Research Institute focused on adult learning in online education, it was announced today. Led by the Georgia Research Alliance, the National AI Institute for Adult Learning in Online Education (ALOE) is one of 11 new NSF institutes created as part of an investment totaling $220 million.

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