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.

Digital Credentials Consortium: Evaluative User Research

10 May 2021

The Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC) is a collaboration between twelve institutions across the world with the goal of creating a centralized platform or standard for academic credentials across universities and other education providers so that students can easily receive, store, and share their credential records. In Georgia Tech’s case, we've integrated an issuing tool in our learning management system (LMS), Canvas. In addition, we are collaborating with the DCC to create a tool for claiming credentials, called a “wallet.”

C21U Innovation and Impact Report

23 March 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March of last year, Georgia Tech (and most universities), pivoted to emergency remote teaching over the span of about two weeks. C21U was at the forefront of this pivot and has continued to help lead the Institute as we define the most optimal paths going forward.

Mapping Georgia Tech's New Strategic Plan to the CNE Report

01 February 2021

Georgia Tech has a new strategic plan for the years 2020 to 2030. However, many of the themes highlighted in the 2018 CNE report -- themes like Lifetime Education, Distributed Worldwide Presence, AI, Whole Person Development, and more -- continue to be both critical to the future of Georgia Tech and relevant within the new Strategic Plan.

NSF Convergence Accelerator Awards Second Round of Funding to Eduworks, Georgia Tech, USG, Credential Engine for $5 Million Competency Catalyst Initiative

22 September 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Competency Catalyst, an initiative focused on innovative tools for workforce reskilling and led by partners including Eduworks Corporation (Eduworks), Georgia Tech, and the University System of Georgia (USG), as one of nine teams selected to receive Phase II Convergence Accelerator funding. Over two years, Competency Catalyst will receive $5 million in funding from the NSF Convergence Accelerator.

C21U Launches New Canvas Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Tool to Help Instructors Collect Weekly Student Feedback

13 August 2020

With more instructors than ever before teaching remote and hybrid courses this Fall semester, insights into course experience are critical for the continued success of both instructors and students at Georgia Tech. With that in mind, the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) has developed a new tool that provides instructors with course-specific weekly snapshots of how students are performing. Designed to work seamlessly with Canvas, Georgia Tech’s Learning Management System, the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Tool gives instructors a new, near real-time measure of student progress.

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