About the Education Learning Lab

The Learning Lab spreads innovative, scalable, effective practices in higher education, builds on local communities of learning, and supports both faculty and students in achieving their goals for higher education.

We believe that all students can be successful, given the right structures, the right motivations, and the right supports. We believe that faculty are our greatest resource in helping students meet their goals, and that innovation begins with them.

With input from expert advisors, the Learning Lab leverages California’s system of public higher education by:

  • Awarding Competitive, Intersegmental Grants to Support Innovation in Higher Education Pedagogy

    Learning Lab’s grant awards are intended to support faculty in discovering, designing and implementing learning environments and pedagogical approaches that work best for today's students and empower faculty in their teaching mission.

    In 2019, Learning Lab grant opportunities will focus on curricular and pedagogical innovations that combine educational technologies with the science of learning to reduce equity and achievement gaps in online and hybrid STEM “gateway” courses across California’s public higher education segments.

    Student participation in STEM varies significantly, both in enrollment and degree completion. Women and underrepresented minority (URM) students complete STEM degrees at lower rates, despite interest in these fields. Closing these gaps and improving outcomes for all students are essential to ensuring equitable access to STEM careers and helping California meet future workforce needs.

    Beginning in 2020, the Lab may further award funds to disciplines outside of STEM.

  • Supporting Professional Development

    The Learning Lab will support faculty professional development to adopt both new and proven strategies or technologies that support effective teaching and learning. Faculty will have an opportunity to suggest professional development programs that they believe will best help faculty meet the needs of today’s students and address tomorrow’s challenges.

  • Highlighting Resources

    The Learning Lab will gather input by talking with faculty, students and other stakeholders about ways that Learning Lab can support teaching, learning, and effective and innovative technology use. The Learning Lab will also facilitate faculty collaboration and cross-segmental implementation of learning strategies that will help all students in California’s public higher education system succeed. By promoting stronger disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty at various campuses and institutions, we can help scale innovation and learning gains across our public higher education ecosystem.

    The Learning Lab will also facilitate collaboration and cross-segmental implementation of learning strategies that will help all students among California public higher education succeed. By promoting stronger disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty at various campuses and institutions, we can help scale innovation and learning gains across our public higher education ecosystem.

  • Gathering Input and Fostering Collaboration

    The Learning Lab aims to highlight new insights, data, and best practices for reducing educational equity and achievement gaps and improving learning outcomes at scale. This will include the creation and curation of a “best of” learning science library of online and hybrid courses and course series, including courses from Learning lab grant projects that have demonstrated successful outcomes.