Innovation Accelerates Learning and Promotes Accessibility

Gooru works with funders and leading researchers in data science, learning science, psychology, cognitive science, and instructor education from around the world to develop Navigator technology. Gooru has established a network of lab schools and districts who work closely with us in all phases of research and innovation. Labs schools, researchers, and funders are the core innovators who help identify the complexities of learning and innovate to promote change and learning outcomes.

Across Disciplines and Geography

Navigator has been built, researched, and tested by a collaborative group of researchers, technologists, and educators who help improve and refine Navigator by usage. With strong foundations in the learning sciences, data science, teaching and educational practices, and artificial intelligence, innovators help to continually build on Navigator’s technology to assure positive learning outcomes for every learner.


Gooru’s Navigator technology allows each innovator to integrate with their own goals and agendas including research areas, tools, study outcomes, and validation while joining other innovators to give all learners equal access to positive learning outcomes. Each innovator can measure learning gains, study positive learning outcomes, and validate data that are then used to inform the Navigator system.

Big Data

Gooru brings anonymized usage and efficacy data back to researchers to help improve science and practice of learning. As learners work, Navigator gathers rich activity stream data for every learner across all facets of learning, including cognitive and non-cognitive skills. These data can be captured for all users and form large, rich data sets for researchers in the Navigated Learning Collaborative. Gooru’s research-to-practice model allows for a distributed learning system to come together to accelerate research and develop best practices in implementation.

Refining Navigated Learning

Gooru has established a research life cycle that informs the platform at every stage of design, development, and implementation. With Navigator, Gooru can measure all facets of learning in order to maximize education and skills training. The real-time data backbone provides real-time actionable information on learning and struggles to all stakeholders in the learning ecosystem. We continuously work closely with our collaborators to better unpack the complexities of learning.

Research to Practice Cycle

Integrating research and practice forms a closed loop information-gathering approach to validating data and modifying product design while providing rich data sets to researchers across many disciplines. Research results inform Navigator’s design, further fine-tuning it to users’ needs.

Accessing Data

Innovators will access data through Mission Control. Mission Control’s dashboard provides access to real-time learner data at different grain sizes. Innovators can query the database and apply their own filters to get the data sets that are most relevant to their work. This data and information are easily accessible and exportable. Gooru maintains the highest levels of data privacy and security. Any access to data will require permissions and automated settings will be set conservatively to ensure the privacy of all users.

Meet our Innovators

Researchers, technologists, and lab schools incorporate the science of how individuals learn into the core technology behind Navigator. With Navigator’s ability to provide a stream of real-time data on learning outcomes at the individual, class, school, district, state, and national level to administrators and researchers. Administrators and instructors are also able to continually give feedback to make Navigator more effective. With grants from funders committed to the Navigated Learning Collaborative’s mission, we are able to engage the entire learning ecosystem to promote positive and equitable outcomes for all learners.

Lab schools are innovators in the K-12 space who want to be involved in the research-to-practice cycle. Lab schools implement Navigator in their classes and cohorts, create content and courses, and track learning competencies and implementation techniques to boost learning outcomes. Instructors and administrators have access to different levels of real-time data to make in-the-moment modifications to teaching and learning approaches or provide additional support to struggling learners.

Gooru’s lab schools can intricately track learning and collaborate with other instructors by making materials available to instructors everywhere through Navigator’s catalog, and providing anonymized data to improve the navigated learning experience for all collaborators. Lab school feedback and the ability to study learning and implementation practices is integral to Navigator’s innovation.

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Leadership Public Schools, a network of Oakland high schools is using the Navigator and collaborating with Gooru to develop and improve the student experience.

Galt Unified School District in California is using Navigator and is collaborating to build best practices to implement and teach with the Navigator.

Val Verde Unified School District in California is using the Learning Navigator collaborating with Gooru to create behavioral competency models.

Lammersville Unified School District in California is using Navigator and is providing feedback and classroom data specifically in middle school and remedial math classrooms.

Park County is a lab school who implements Math Navigator. They provide product feedback and make feature requests.

Buhl Elementary School has been using Math Navigator since the 2019-20 school year.

Gooru is a research-led organization that provides a tool to support research endeavors in a wide variety of fields. Leading researchers in data science, learning science, psychology, sociology, economics, and teacher education from around the world collaborate on projects and gain access to Gooru anonymized data. Researchers advance their respective fields while also improving Navigator tools through research-backed practices. Researchers support the operationalization of the science of learning with big data to create a personalized learning experience.

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Johns Hopkins University was an early research collaborator. They worked with Gooru to develop a Student Learning Community (SLJ) with Personalized Unit Plans. This helped to set the foundation for a research backed Navigator.

SERP’s STARI program offers a remedial ELA experience using Navigator tools and tracking learning outcomes. Their MathByExample tracks uses of the content and learning outcomes.

Researchers at Stanford are investigating the use of big data to operationalize learning science as it relates to Navigated Learning.

The International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, India is researching the math and science of the Learning Navigator.

California University at Berkeley is contributing to the research of operationalized learning and the use of Big Data to inform learner pathways.

Advanced Distributed Learning or ADL is a US government program conducting R&D for Distributed Learning Modernization.

Drexel University is conducting studies on Navigated Learning in K-12 STEM classrooms.

Colorado State University at Fort Collins University collaborates to improve the Navigator experience for individual learners.

The University of Delaware is contributing to the use of big data to operationalize learning science as it relates to Navigator.

The University of Memphis is conducting studies on Navigated Learning.

Wested is part of the innovation process. They collaborate on grants and other initiatives to support and study Navigator.

Digital Promise is working on a collaborative grant that focuses on providing step-by-step solutions as part of Navigator suggestions. We will study learner knowledge development and decision making based on scaffolds provided in each student's learning journey.

National University collaborated with us on their project of precision learning to develop the learner and instructor experience and the suggest algorithm in early stages.


Sreeja S, PhD

Ashoka Fellow and Chief functionary and Secretary, India Education Collective;

Xiangen Hu, PhD

Professor, Experimental (Cognitive), University of Memphis

Neal Finkelstein, PhD

Director, Innovation Studies program, WestEd

Kenji Hakuta, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Youngmoo Kim, PhD

Director, Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University

Anjini Kochar, PhD

Director, India Programme at the Stanford Centre for International Development (SCID), Stanford University

Zachary Pardos, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and School of Information, UC Berkeley

Vasile Rus, PhD

Professor, Computer Science, University of Memphis

Teomara (Teya) Rutherford, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware

Nancy Butler Songer, PhD

Fulbright Scholar, Distinguished Professor, School of Education, Drexel University

Srinath Srinivasa, PhD

Professor and Dean (R&D), Web Science Lab, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B)

Lav Varshney, PhD

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Funders fuel innovation, place a spotlight on the diversity of learners, the complexity of learning, and the intricacies of the learning ecosystem. Funders can come from any sector - foundations, non-profits, government agencies, or for-profit companies - to support Gooru’s research-to-practice development of Navigator and its tools. Funders join the Navigated Learning Collaborative (NLC) by supporting any of the NLC collaborators, including science of learning researchers, technology developers, content and tool providers, and implementers. Funders are crucial to the advancement of competency models and aligned content for various disciplines and to implement Navigator in different learning environments. New funders can build on the significant impact current funders have contributed.

Philanthropists, foundations, corporate social responsibility teams, and governments use Navigator's Mission Control to track how the learning programs they support are performing. Through Mission Control’s dashboard funders can view or track their efforts and receive immediate information to monitor programs, understand the efficacy of resources, and track learning outcomes of their philanthropic spending. Funders can drill-down and roll-up to view relevant data, including learning gains made by learners at the local, regional, national, and global levels, as well as how and where curriculums are being used and their efficacy.

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AT&T funded Gooru to  design the learner and instructor interface.

The Carnegie Foundation awarded Gooru a marketing grant to increase awareness of open education resources for the Next Generation Science Standards among teachers, parents, and students.

Charles Schwab Foundation in partnership with Hewlett Foundation, funded Gooru to co-develop Learning Lists in Navigator with its lab school, Leadership Public School.

Cisco provides funding support to develop and implement Navigator, strategic advice on scaling and impact, and grow Navigated Learning Collaborative. They have supported Gooru since its incorporation in 2011.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Gooru's development of a recommendation service using commercial-grade data mining techniques and machine learning algorithms coupled with a wiki-based mechanism to gauge resource quality and source new content.

Google was an early believer in the promise of Gooru's mission and technology and a funder for developing Navigator.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has supported Gooru’s development of an open learning activities catalog since 2011.

Lockheed Martin funded Gooru to add computer science content to the Navigator Library.

NSF awarded Gooru a (2019-23) DRK 12 grant to support Next Generation Science Knowledge development using Navigator tools and the Animal Diversity Web and grants in 2015 and 2017 to support personalized suggestions and to study learner engagement.

Office Of Naval Research supported Gooru to build an enhanced STEM learning experience over the course of several years.

Ram Shriram has provided Gooru funding support over a number of years spanning various projects in different areas to develop Navigator.

Susan Crown Exchange has funded the development of Navigator over multiple years.

Schusterman Foundation provided general operating support and their expertise to build quality content.

Sobrato Foundation has provided 2,000 square foot lease free office space in the heart of Silicon Valley where Gooru has established its operating headquarters.

World Bank collaborated and funded Gooru to develop a Skills Navigator course to be piloted with auto workers in Morocco. World Bank plans collaborate with Gooru to scale the project to other industries and subjects.

Rati Forbes, an individual philanthropist from India, provided Gooru initial funding to start building a mobile app for instructors with offline capabilities.

Sergey Brin Family Foundation has been generously supporting us with funds for operational expenses.