Kicking Off Prototyping Days with the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge Cohort


Preparing to launch student pilots by February 2017, the Education Design Lab is leading a Prototyping Day at each 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge cohort school this fall. Incorporating design thinking tools, the Lab-facilitated session invites each university design team to prototype several pilot options for its unique population of learners. This flexible, human-centered approach is helpful to each school; the University of Virginia may tailor its pilot to a residential campus of full-time undergraduates, and Bay Path University may emphasize the needs of employers and adult learners. At the same time, the range of pilot plans that emerge from Prototyping Day will inform the Lab which models are scalable and repeatable—what pilot components could be executed by a wide range of universities and learners.

Prototyping Days include: Empathy at Bay Path University; Creative Problem Solving at University Virginia; Inclusion & Equity at Vassar College; Collaboration at University of Arizona; Critical Thinking at Alma College and Hope College of Michigan Colleges Alliance; Oral Communication with IREX and two international universities, Makerere University in Uganda and the Magreb School of Business in Tunisia.

Designers at Bay Path University consider which learning and practice modules would work best for adult learners and employer partners.
​The University of Virginia design team plots the badge earning journey for a UVA student persona.