The Innovator Network

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.

The Learner Revolution

How Colleges Can Thrive in a Skills and Competencies Marketplace

Education Design Lab's 2019 white paper

Reflections from five years of applied human-centered design at 100+ institutions

The Learner Revolution Discussion

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, we celebrated the Education Design Lab's five year anniversary by hosting a dinner and discussion about the future of work and the demand for new postsecondary education-to-workforce solutions.

Moderated by Kathleen deLaski, Founder and President of the Education Design Lab, and featuring George Mason University President, Ángel Cabrera, and Amazon Web Services Senior Manager of Worldwide Education Programs, Ken Eisner.

Discussants include Goodwill Industries International Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Wendi Copeland, Penn Foster CEO, Frank Britt, League for Innovation in the Community College President and CEO, and Lab board member, Rufus Glasper.

The Lab’s Holiday Reading List

Dec 26, 2018

From our Lab family to yours, Happy Holidays and a very healthy New Year!

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Let’s stop calling everything AI: What automation in higher ed looks like today

Oct 11, 2018

We asked Brian Kathman, CEO of Signal Vine, to help innovators think through the hype, to talk about what automation solutions are available to schools today vs. the future of automation and/or AI.

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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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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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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.