Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

A Catalyst for Impactful Innovation

Established in 2010, C21U is Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in education. Serving as a research arm of the Office of the Provost, C21U’s team of technologists and researchers support Georgia Tech’s mission of innovation by pushing the boundaries of what is already done in higher education in order to bring the most impactful resources and technologies to learners.

We serve as a nexus of collaboration and communication, and a catalyst for innovation, bringing together a broad array of internal and external partners across a wide variety of 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.

The needs of today's learners are ever-changing and expanding. As we navigate the fundamentally altered educational landscape of 2022, C21U is committed to supporting Georgia Tech in leading and defining this new future.


As we continue to live through a pandemic and pursue its end, we hold on to what we’ve learned, seek to regain what we’ve lost, and continue to build a more sustainable world —  and technology increasingly informs virtually every aspect of our lives, bringing both risks and rewards.

In an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed, Ray Schroeder explores uses of AI in higher ed, including Ashok Goel's AI teaching assistant, Jill Watson. 

Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) announced four winning proposals for a new accessibility-focused seed grant research program funded by Microsoft.

Three Photos from left to right - two scientists in lab coats and goggles, a woman working on her studies on a whiteboard, a woman pair programming with another woman via video chat.

C21U Blog

Jeonghyun Lee, Assistant Director of Research in Education Innovation

Since the release of the original KPI tool, new features have been deployed to Georgia Tech’s instance of Canvas. C21U is excited to continue to provide this updated tool to faculty at Georgia Tech for the upcoming Spring 2022 semester. We are very excited.

Sonam Singh - Graduate Researcher

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.”

Steve Harmon - Interim Executive Director

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.