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.
“And so was born the Catalyst Badge”: What Georgetown Admin Learned from Building a Badge (Part 3 of 3)
This year, the Lab is working with universities to prototype a suite of 21st century skill micro-credentials. Over the past few weeks, we have published a three-part series of blogs collecting what we've learned from students, administrators, and employers around our...read more
How design flaws in the classroom can actually become design benefits for employers.read more
We asked Sam Holley, a recent graduate of Georgetown University and participant in our inaugural badging cohort, to reflect on his experience as a student pursuing a Catalyst Badge.read more
We’re more convinced than ever that meaningful credentials—ones that capture, develop and assess “soft skills”—will become an important currency for employers and developmental tool for schools and students.read more
Our partners keep asking for examples of design thinking in the reimagining of higher education. We teach design thinking at The Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership. This winter a cohort met at Arizona State University (ASU), and Phil Regier, the...read more
For this post, we are featuring a guest blog from Amanda Opperman of Wonderlic, Inc. When the Lab hosted one of many design sessions with colleges, universities and employers for our #BadgingChallenge, we met Charlie Wonderlic and Amanda Opperman from...read more
We hear a lot about reinventing college and how we might better design the journey from school to work. Some students want faster or more experiential pathways to prosperity, re-entry points after stop-outs or opportunities for lifelong learning. “Non-traditional...read more
...the challenge on traditional public university campuses is whether they can innovate through the challenges of governance, broad mission, policy, and shrinking public funds. Consider this dilemma. Most of the mind-blowing conversations and experiments on...read more
Innovation traction may be tough in the last year of the Obama Administration, but you have to give the DoE credit for continuing to try to push the boat out. Three years ago, when we met with senior officials to broach the idea of Title IV funding for alternative...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.
Learn more or…
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.