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.
Finally! A student’s perspective on the skills gap
We asked Casey, a student at Georgetown University who earned a Catalyst Badge, to share with us her experience with navigating college while building a career path for herself. In this post, she explores her encounter with the skills gap so many college students face and how her learning experiences better prepared her to face a changing workforce.
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
“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
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.