Instructional design models, innovative teaching methods, and technology-integrated materials and tools can greatly improve teaching and learning in both face-to-face and online settings. In the recent years with the advancement of technology, educators and policy makers have to go through the daunting task of selecting and trying emerging tools and methods to optimize teaching and learning process. This is an ineffective, costly approach. It is therefore, the position of this research center to empower faculty and students to conduct research, examine effectiveness of emerging tools and approaches, and identify effective approaches and tools to further improve teaching and learning.
In addition, the center focuses on investigating application of instructional tools and strategies to address emerging issues in educational systems. The current emerging issues are included but not limited to improving reading and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and mitigating inequality education for disadvantages learners in K-12, improving online dissertation mentoring and teaching and learning, and identifying global trend and issues in educational technology and designing cross cultural learning modules for adult learners in higher education and corporate training.