Our Mission & Principles

We are designing the future of learning through research, innovation, experimentation, and iteration.

We believe an informed, peaceful, equitable, and empowered society is dependent on learners everywhere adopting a learning lifestyle, and educational institutions creating and disseminating new knowledge to provide sustainable solutions to:

    • advance learning,
    • facilitate problem solving,
    • foster equity and inclusivity, and
    • increase access and affordability.

We strive to make our world-class public research university’s learning experiences accessible at scale. 

We create new models for global, engaged, and lifelong learning experiences for students at the University of Michigan and around the world.

We harness design, technology, and educational research to shape the future of learning.

Our Principles


Learning cannot be contained to the walls of Higher Education. Institutions have a responsibility to provide ongoing access to support a lifetime of personal growth and career development.


We do not shy away from a challenge: the bigger the problem, the more our brains kick into gear and we want to experiment with solutions. Got a problem? Set up a consultation!


Core to our perspective on good design is the belief that by purposefully designing for accessibility from the beginning we produce learning experiences that are better for all.

Equitable and Inclusive

Creating learning environments designed for equity and inclusivity are necessary conditions for U-M to make progress on solving the problems that matter most.


Learning is not a passive experience. We specialize in pushing the boundaries of what is expected to engage learners as creators and teachers, designers and advocates, developers and ethicists.


The access the internet makes possible is impossible to ignore: as an institution of education we must make our knowledge as available to global learners as it is to learners who join us in Ann Arbor.


We look to the research literature to understand what is known. We conduct research to assess our impact and identify areas for iteration. We publish research so all may be improved by it.


We believe that true collaboration requires us to admit that we are each individually limited by our biases, but that together we can produce excellence.