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The Center for Next Generation of Teaching and Learning is an initiative of UC Berkeley‘s School of Information. The Center’s mission is to promote the development of emerging tools and methods that drive the next generation of teachers and learners toward student-centered education.

The Center serves as a focus point for research, development, and educational activities that span the academic and industry sides of education technology. We collaborate with institutions and campuses both public and private to bring together leaders to discuss issues, insights and expertise.
The work at the Center is divided primarily into four areas: ebooks, learner engagement, online learning, and developing an information science approach to education.

  • Ebooks: What kinds of enhanced content best support student learning? How is educational content best built and delivered? Existing research in the fields of education, cognitive science, design, and human-computer interaction can shed light on this question, but there is currently no unified research framework that addresses it.

    The Center’s FuturePress project brings together designers, engineers, and researchers to determine best practices to support pedagogical goals and build a set of open source tools to create, manage, and distribute ebooks via the web.

    Much of the work on ebooks uses The Discipline of Organizing as a testbed… cite to TDO here

    A fall 2013 course on ebooks… cite to course

  • Learner Engagement: Can learners on their own achieve learning objectives from participatory tools that are made freely available to them? What factors besides instructor and course requirements motivate students to use blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, and other participatory tools in their learning activities? Read more here.
  • Online Learning: Schools and universities increasingly see online learning tools and related approaches as promising ways to address the challenges of budget shortfalls and to increase access to high quality education. What is the viability of developing an online undergraduate education program at a public university system? What framework for assessment must be in place?
  • Information Science & Education: An information design model for education provides many advantages. What predictions can we make when we look at large amounts of data gathered by institutions and the LMS? What interventions can be given to students at risk of exiting the system? How can students and parents manage their own educational data?