The Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) advances educational access and success through research on promising practices for online learning and educational technologies. CACP has undertaken policy research to support new learning models at the postsecondary level, with a specific focus on the role of novel technologies in expanding educational opportunities, including for people with disabilities. In addition, CACP has developed more focused expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, including efforts to evaluate the efficacy of STEM initiatives.
CACP researchers have leveraged their expertise in information technologies and online learning to advance efforts to broaden participation in postsecondary education. In particular, CACP has supported efforts by the University System of Georgia and Complete College Georgia to develop new learning models and support workforce development through technology-focused policy research.
Connect, Learn, BreakThru: Increasing Outcomes for Students with Disabilities through Virtual World Mentoring presented at the 2014 Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Westminster, Colorado, on November 21, 2014 by Nathon Moon and Chris Langston (CATEA). Their presentation highlighted the NSF-supported Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. They discussed the BreakThru project, which focuses on electronic mentoring in the virtual world Second Life to increase access and success of students with disabilities.