The GLC was founded in 2013 by Subra Suresh – the then president of Carnegie Mellon University – to provide recommendations for universities to maximize the potential of technology-aided learning design and practices through informed research. Among a rapidly changing education landscape, the GLC initially set out to investigate how students across nation borders are learning amid the technology revolution.

With this goal in mind, the GLC held its inaugural meeting and symposium from September 4–5, 2014, in Pittsburg, PA, where members addressed key academic perspectives of digital education such as the role of learning science, big data, and lifelong learning.

In 2016, the second meeting of the GLC was convened in Singapore. It was hosted by the National University of Singapore and focused on technology-enhanced learning (TEL) in Asia. This conference featured topics around best practices in the development and deployment of TEL tools in higher education, consideration of cultural contexts and cross-cultural learning audiences when using TEL “at scale,” as well as trends and examples of education technologies.

From June 28-30, 2017, the Leibniz Association hosted the first GLC Summit in Berlin, Germany, together with a group of German partner organizations. The GLC Summit 2017 emphasized findings on educational technologies that aim to better engage individuals with learning materials and with other learners. It featured individual tailored courseware as well as insights on adaptable, needs-based learning initiatives.

Beginning with the Summit in 2017, the GLC also began an internal realignment process. As the Leibniz-Association hosted the Summit, the GLC Members decided to establish a head office in Berlin that was tasked with creating a more outward-oriented focus. To this end, the members of the Global Learning Council appointed Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, as their new chairman. Under Matthias Kleiner, the GLC began to orient their activities to new regions.


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