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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.


Artificial intelligence has a lot of potential for higher education. It can automate onerous tasks for teachers, help researchers leapfrog exercises that require complex computing skills and make higher education more accessible and personalised for students.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is announcing its intention to launch a new academic unit dedicated to lifetime learning.

Non-academic skills, both motor and cognitive, can enrich research capabilities in unexpected and often unexamined ways, writes Stephen W. Harmon. Surely, everything we do, and many things we don’t, shape us as people. Yet we seldom stop to reflect on what is shaping us and how. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living.

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 - Director of Research in Education Innovation, Meryem Yilmaz Soylu - Research Scientist

The C21U research team presented ongoing work, Relating Neural Mechanisms for Learning to Instructional Events in Online Learning Environments, at the 2022 International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES) Conference, in Montreal, Canada on July 21st - 23rd, 2022.

Brittany Aiello - Communications Program Manager

Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) invites you to attend a half-day event, "The Civic Role of Universities in a Changing Educational Landscape." This event will take place on June 2, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will feature Ángel Cabrera (President, Georgia Institute of Technology), M. Brian Blake (President, Georgia State University), Gregory Fenves (President, Emory University), and Steven McLaughlin (Provost, Georgia Institute of Technology).

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.