EdLab is a research, design, and development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. EdLabenvisions 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.
The possibilities for enhancing education in all its forms are greater than they have ever been. Driven inpart 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.
EdLab addresses those challenges directly by pioneering new forms of educational tools, processes, and
The mission of EdLab is to engage in conceptualdevelopment, 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 theworld 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.