A collective of individuals, universities and employers committed to student-centered academic transformation. Curated and hosted by Education Design Lab, the Network fosters thoughtful dialogue, collaboration and solutions to challenges facing higher ed today.
What do learners want?
Why did MOOCs create such a stir a few years back? Why are bootcamps all the rage now? We are all looking for potential shortcuts to career success for the learner who doesn’t have access to or time for traditional learning. At least that’s the vision.
Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of students enter a community college aspiring to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree one day; most will fail to do so. Community colleges continue to be popular entry-points into post-secondary education, and...read more
Why did MOOCs create such a stir a few years back? Why are bootcamps all the rage now? We are all looking for potential shortcuts to career success for the learner who doesn’t have access to or time for traditional learning. At least that’s the vision. (The current...read more
It is sad that the traction micro-credentials are getting so far is not for the people who need them most. As Jeff Selingo pointed out in a NYT piece last month, nearly 9 in 10 jobs that have disappeared since 2000 have been lost due to automation. But neither the...read more
We love going into old style bookshops and seeing “staff recommendations” of favorite books. Expert and personal curation goes a long way in the algorithm age. We thought we‘d carry the tradition over to the Education Design Lab and ask staff members to share their...read more
The Lab is looking at bootcamps as a potential model for career pathways beyond coding. As the bootcamp movement grows in tech, it presents a range of possibilities for industries like healthcare and hospitality. Iron Yard, a bootcamp based in DC, presents a...read more
The “Bring back the jobs” trade agreement trash talking from the presidential campaign understates the bigger dramatic trend in the workplace: automation. Technology is causing once-in-a-century hyper shift in “jobs to be done” in the workforce for which higher...read more
How I stumbled across "adaptive design" at my Harvard reunion I have always ignored the class reunion emails from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which I attended for two of the most eye-opening years of my life. But this year’s pitch was different. I...read more
When does a start-up stop being one? It’s been three years this week since we created the official non-profit to formalize the work the Education Design Lab had been doing for a year already. It’s a great moment to look back to ask ourselves if we are demonstrating...read more
Will employer-sponsored education benefits become for the 21st century what healthcare benefits were in the 20th century? With employer spending on professional development growing by more than 10% annually since the Great Recession, and rises in tuition rates...read more
What is the Innovator Network?
We’re glad you asked. It’s a collective of individuals, universities and employers committed to student-centered academic transformation.
Curated and hosted by Education Design Lab, the Network fosters thoughtful dialogue, collaboration and solutions to challenges facing higher ed today. We hope you’ll join us.
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If you're an innovator...
The Innovator Network is a place for you to form connections with similarly motivated colleagues in higher ed, as well as other higher ed institutions and industry. The Network also serves as a community and sounding board for issues and opportunities that you and your institution face.
If you represent a university...
The Innovator Network serves as a community through which your institution can form meaningful connections with other innovative universities, learn from the experiences and ideas of members and forge connections with employers that might serve your students.
If you're an employer
The Innovator Network is a place through which you can understand trends and connect with partners to find solutions to staffing and hiring needs (workforce pipeline).
If you're an entrepreneur...
The Innovator Network will help you find business opportunities and connections to help you engage, create and improve products around new education models.