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Work-based Learning Trending Up in the Big Apple

The Lab is laying the groundwork to work with NYC’s Department of Education to launch a multi-year engagement focused on the explicit integration of our 21st century skill digital badges within their P-Tech schools located throughout the city.

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We Have Seen the Future: Open Pathways Will Allow Learners to Build Skills Using Multiple Providers

This year’s Summit on Digital Badging was well curated by IMSGlobal at Arizona State University, the impressive standards group that is forging consensus to fuel the promise of micro-credentialing across learning institutions, businesses and nations. Our president, Kathleen deLaski, previewed the public rollout of the Lab’s 21st century skills badges we’ve prototyped over 3 years.

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On the Road to Building Seamless Transfer Pathways

The Seamless Transfer Pathways team has been on the road, visiting each of the campus pairs in the project, since the end of January. In total, almost 250 faculty, staff, and students got to experience the human-centered research first hand by walking the student’s journey to see highlights of interviews, surveys, and observations.

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The Lab’s Badges Go To High School!

The Lab was invited to present and lead a design session at this year’s CTE Professional Development day for NYC Public Schools. The essence of the day was captured in Chancellor Farina’s keynote, “we need to re-brand CTE and vocational education to make it more clear to policymakers and parents alike the skills that our students are gaining”.

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Adults Students Co-Design A Hospitality Bootcamp

In Washington DC, the fastest growing industry is hospitality and adult charter students who are still working on their GEDs are taking advantage of a great opportunity to blend their GED training with workforce training and possible college credit. The Education Design Lab is working with the city, Academy of Hope Charter school and three hotels (Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott) to create an “Entry Level Plus bootcamp.”

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Self-Directed Learning Experts Help Us Design a New Badge

What’s in a name? For the past couple of years, there has been one microcredential in our suite of skills yet to be piloted.  No one denies its importance, but it has been the most difficult to capture conceptually and express as a teachable skill–self-efficacy.  

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Students Need Critical Thinking Now More Than Ever: Three Liberal Arts Colleges in Michigan Lead the Way

In the age of Artificial Intelligence and Fake News, employers are placing a premium on critical thinking skills. College students writ large practice critical thinking in some capacity throughout their learning experience, conducting research and writing reports. However, when it comes to interview time, these students are hard pressed to answer the question, “Tell me about a time when you had to use your critical thinking skills?”

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Michelle Batt


Design Challenge Lead

Michelle is a Design Challenge Lead for the Lab’s Badging Challenge. Michelle is also the President of Lead by Experience, offering strategic and tactical consulting to help leadership teams across: business, health care and education improve their customer experience.

Through her coaching, Michelle loves to “gently” break up typical functional silos to stimulate collaboration and steer change management across organizations. She integrates new, cost effective, ways to capture and understand customers’ expectations, wants and needs.

Prior to establishing her own business, Michelle held executive positions in telecommunications at MCI and NII Holdings where she held the position of Senior Director of Customer Experience. Michelle earned a Masters of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum & Instruction from Loyola College in Maryland and completed an Executive Certification in Global Leadership from Georgetown University – the McDonough School of Business.


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Michael Meotti

Higher Ed Fellow

Mike brings extensive experience in higher education policy, innovation and management to Education Design Lab’s work.   Mike has a broad perspective on the challenges facing colleges and universities based on his past leadership positions in state government, nonprofit organizations and higher education systems. He has led transformation initiatives in all of these sectors.

Mike served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and Executive Vice President and chief operating officer of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. 

Mike was a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Federal Relations Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).  He led the Connecticut delegation in the National Governors Association Best Practices Academy “Complete to Compete” and in Complete College America.  Michael was also active in the state policy track of Achieving the Dream and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Coalition for the Common Core Standards.  He earned his J.D. and B.S. degrees from Georgetown University.

Prior to his work in higher education, Mike led several nonprofit organizations that provided services addressing the needs of many “first generation” and returning adult students.

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