May 20, 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. This one-stop solution will enable admission committees and employers to ensure credential accuracy, detect fraudulent credentials, and engage in a holistic assessment of a student’s skills.

Broadly speaking, this project involves three kinds of tools:

March 23, 2021
The cover graphic for the C21U Innovation and Impact Report - showing the title of the report, and three images of students studying together, a lone student working on his homework, and the Klaus building on campus.


February 01, 2021

Since the launch of the Commission on Creating the Next in Education's groundbreaking 2018 report, Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education, much has changed at Georgia Tech. We have a new university president and a new provost. We've experienced a completely novel academic year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 13, 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.

May 22, 2020

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is one of the founding members of the Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC), whose mission is to create a trusted, distributed, and shared infrastructure that becomes the standard for issuing, storing, displaying, and verifying digital academic credentials.

May 15, 2020

This year, as C21U graduate research assistants, we were tasked with researching and designing initial concepts for a nascent but quickly-developing CNE project: the Georgia Tech atrium. As a physical gathering space and gateway to both in-person and digital GT services—such as career counseling, exploring GT credentials, and networking—the GTatrium™ is intended to expand the possibility for individuals to experience Georgia Tech beyond Atlanta.

August 29, 2019

With the start of fall semester, C21U welcomes Ashok Goel to the team in the role of chief scientist. Goel will lead C21U's research agenda, with a focus on education innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI). He will work in tandem with the comprehensive C21U unit, including the core research and digital learning technology teams, the Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE) Program Office, as well as our new sister unit, the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). 

April 17, 2019

What does it mean to be Deliberately Innovative? On April 11, Georgia Tech’s Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE) Program Office partnered with the Center for Deliberate Innovation (CDI) to host an information session and workshop focused on the concept and process of Deliberate Innovation.

March 21, 2019

What is Service Design?

I’ll admit, I’m new to service design. I first became familiar with the term a few months ago when a Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) graduate researcher, Lindsay Kelly, introduced me to the concept. Lindsay convinced C21U to take service design for a spin, and co-facilitated a workshop with me in February. The following post is my attempt to explain service design to others in higher education who – like me – were unaware of its potential. 

February 19, 2019

On February 7, C21U hosted a seminar titled “Extended Reality (XR) for Teaching and Learning.” XR refers to real-and-virtual combined environments, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). We invited speakers from four teams across Georgia Tech’s campus to discuss projects currently underway throughout the Institute, and to discuss the future of XR in education.

February 14, 2019

During the Summer of 2018, the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) embarked on a journey to introduce Blockcerts at Georgia Tech. Blockcerts are blockchain-powered academic credentials, housed on a mobile application, that are decentralized, secure, and verified.  

February 07, 2019

A funny thing happens as online learning scales. At first, learning scales by breaking the requirement for collocated meetings, allowing students to attend live lectures via telepresence from anywhere in the world.

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.