The Transforming Learning Accelerator delivers effective and equitable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing learners.
Learning is associated with nearly every positive life outcome. Conversely, a lack of education leads to higher rates of incarceration, poverty, and disease. For 150 years, the education model has focused on the average student and standardization. The future can be different.
Big data, new technologies, and advances in our understanding of the learning process foreshadow precise, novel, and creative solutions. Stanford's Transforming Learning Accelerator leverages these game-changers to revolutionize educational opportunities for all.
The Transforming Learning Accelerator is about making education more scientific, more learner-centered, and more collaborative. It enables a new theory of change – one that emphasizes combining Stanford’s unique strengths in science and the design of usable solutions with a clear focus on helping specific groups of learners and the institutions that serve them. Our strategy fosters a future where all learners thrive – no matter their cultural backgrounds, neighborhood, or abilities. Three key factors distinguish the Transforming Learning Accelerator:
A learner-centered approach addresses an individual's distinct learning needs and considers students’ daily lives, prior knowledge, and cultural backgrounds.
Science and Design
The science of learning seeks to understand how we learn. Learning design addresses the process of learning – the activities, tools, and environments best suited for acquiring knowledge.
Pathways to Impact
Co-creating with outside organizations and individuals committed to improving learning for all will ensure research is relevant, the best tools are leveraged, and solutions are shared broadly.
Our Initial Focus Areas
The Transforming Learning Accelerator pursues the learning challenges of those who are most in need of new discoveries, evidence, and solutions. Breakthroughs in these areas have the most potential for impact beyond these specific groups, and therefore hold the most promise for expansive gains.
Our Current Projects
The Transforming Learning Accelerator supports faculty and student projects across campus with seed grants, networking, workshops, and other resources. Currently, a dozen projects are focused on challenges facing children and young adults, particularly during COVID-19.
Faculty seed grants are supporting research and design efforts to help educators and learners during the time of COVID-19 and beyond. Most projects strategically incorporate innovative uses of digital technologies.Learn about K-12 projects
Stanford scholars are developing virtual field trips, looking at ways to build virtual spaces that foster community engagement, and investigating how to deliver high-quality online learning experiences to college students globally.Learn more
Digital Learning Design Challenge
Stanford students have an opportunity to learn how to approach digital learning challenges through a student-centered lens using science and design to create solutions. Participants develop ideas and pitch creations for seed funding.Learn about the challenge