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.

Coach's Corner: An Inside Look Into The Seamless Transfer Pathways Challenge

As the Lab’s seamless transfer pathways coach, Leslie Daugherty speaks one-on-one with students, counselors, advisors, administrators, and more to dig deeper into transfer students stop-out. In this post, she shares some of her experiences and insights as she prepares campuses for four pilot launches by Fall 2018.

Coach’s Corner May 2018: An Inside Look Into The Seamless Transfer Pathways Challenge

May 16, 2018

As I sit on the plane, headed to our second convening at the University of North Texas where all the Seamless Transfer Pathways partners will come together to determine their pilot, I cannot help but be excited. I am confident each team has the research, prototypes, and motivation to select and build a pilot.

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Coach’s Corner January 2018: An Inside Look Into The Seamless Transfer Pathways Challenge

Jan 18, 2018
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5 Signs the Degree Is Getting Unbundled

Dec 15, 2017

Since the dawn of MOOCs in 2012 innovators have been heralding the “unbundling” of the college degree. Our year-end blog seeks to look beyond the hype at individual examples of where traditional learning institutions are beginning to unbundle themselves. What counts as unbundling? In our blog, we refer to two mini-trends here: 1) signs that colleges are accepting the role as curators and validators of experiences and competencies rather than deliverers of the whole degree, and 2) where traditional colleges are losing out to new-style learning providers as a route to the white collar workforce. These are meant to be illustrative, not comprehensive.

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Should the Resume be Dead? And Other Big Ideas on the Cutting Edge of Skills-Based Hiring

Nov 7, 2017

The Lab’s Founder & President, Kathleen deLaski, spent her summer co-chairing a Connecting Credentials working group which has just released its Aligning Supply & Demand Signals Report. Here, she reflects on her experience and the team’s recommendations.

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Badges about to “Change the Game” on Hiring at IBM

Sep 26, 2017

The Lab’s Kathleen deLaski was on a panel with David Leaser, IBM’s Senior Program Executive for Innovation and Growth Initiatives, and was fascinated by some of the ways IBM is starting to use badges. Most timely is yesterday’s announcement about IBM badges counting as credits toward graduate degrees at Northeastern University. David agreed to sit down with the Lab and describe why he advocates for badges as a key hiring and development tool as it becomes clearer to IBM that traditional methods can’t keep up. Much of the conversation was driven by this observation by David: “The pace of technology development has outpaced the pace of learning.”

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