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EdLab is a research, design, and development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. EdLab envisions and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector that is attuned to the emerging post-industrial world. EdLab engages in work that has the potential to contribute to the improvement of educational institutions today and the broader evolution and reconfiguration of future educational services.

Our work is divided into five foundational areas: Reimagining Schooling, Innovations for Online Learning, New Directions for Online Publishing, Efficiencies in Educational Research, and Charting the Future of Libraries. Please visit the Projects page for more information.


What is the future of education?

The educational future is subject to a set of conditions quite distinct from those governing educational possibilities for the past century. The future of education will be subject to new circumstances that are becoming characteristic of the emerging post-industrial era. These circumstances include changes in the volume, growth, and distribution of knowledge, changes in the communications infrastructure that make knowledge a pivotal element in global exchange processes, and new understandings of individual and group learning processes.

- G. Natriello

The possibilities for enhancing education in all its forms are greater than they have ever been. Driven in part by new technologies of communication and knowledge representation and in part by new understandings of how individuals and groups learn, the prospects for advances in the design of educational tools, processes, and institutions have never been brighter. However, with new possibilities come new challenges to develop educational opportunities that truly meet individual and societal needs. The EdLab addresses those challenges directly by pioneering new forms of educational tools, processes, and institutions.

The mission of EdLab is to engage in conceptual development, demonstration projects, and new educational research to explore and document diverse possibilities for the future of education.

EdLab will pursue this mission by involving scholars and educators at Teachers College and around the world in a continuing conversation about the future for education. The work will be shaped by an evolving assessment of ongoing changes in the conditions for education.