Designing for Motivations and Barriers: Preparing learners for “what they don’t know they don’t know”

June 13, 2019

In our human-centered design work, we’re often faced with the conundrum of balancing (often at odds) learner input and the defined needs of supervisors, educators, or employers. Two weeks ago, we faced this very issue during our second design session to advance our UpSkill SA! work with Palo Alto College, Alamo Colleges Online, and Goodwill San Antonio.

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Pioneering Community College Enlists Education Design Lab to Grow Virginia’s Health Care Talent Pipeline

May 30, 2019

Virginia Western Community College and national non-profit co-design pathway to region’s fast-growing healthcare careers

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Middle skills workers don’t have time for college, so we’re bringing college to them

May 22, 2019

Goodwill workers are rich with 21st century skills but not getting credit for them

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More News and Events

Pioneering Community College Enlists Education Design Lab to Grow Virginia’s Health Care Talent Pipeline

Virginia Western Community College and national non-profit co-design pathway to region’s fast-growing healthcare careers

Welcome to the Lab, Naomi!

We’re pleased to announce that Naomi Boyer has joined the Lab as an Education Designer, Digital Credential Products.

Goodwill, Alamo Colleges District, and Education Design Lab Team-Up to UpSkill Frontline Workers in San Antonio

UpSkill SA! taps the potential of learner-centric design to prepare frontline workers for jobs in the region’s fastest growing fields

The Lab is growing! Meet Miriam

We’re pleased to announce that Miriam Swords Kalk has joined the Lab as an Education Designer.

Education Design Lab Announces Design Challenge with Community Colleges to Boost Graduation Rates for Single Mothers

Education Design Lab taps four large community colleges in an ambitious effort to raise single-mother completion rate 30 percent at each institution by 2024

The doctors are in! Congratulations to Lab staff Isaac Agbeshie-Noye & Leslie Daugherty

We are proud to announce that TWO Lab education designers, Isaac Agbeshie-Noye and Leslie Daugherty, have successfully defended their dissertations and will be officially hooded this spring by George Washington University and Maryville University, respectively.

The Lab celebrates 5th anniversary with The Learner Revolution event

We celebrated the Lab’s 5th anniversary and The Learner Revolution’s release with an intimate dinner and fireside chat featuring George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera and Amazon Web Services Senior Manager of Worldwide Education Programs Ken Eisner, moderated by our very own Kathleen deLaski.

Designing for the Open Digital Credential Marketplace

Can you imagine the day when your degree will be based on what you can do, not what you know? And that digital “stacks” of competencies could get you hired without a degree, and that learning outside the classroom, at work, in life could count toward your credential.

Hitting the ground running in 2019

Five years ago, the Lab began with a vision to bring human centered design and other innovative tools to bear on the wicked problems that lie at the intersection of the rapidly changing postsecondary education landscape, the future of work and growing inequality. We set out to design and build new models with employers and partner institutions to help build more equitable futures for all learners.

Journey Mapping the Resume with Tee Up the Skills Employer Partners

Through #TeeUpTheSkills, we set out to find answers to the question everyone in digital badging is trying to figure out: do badges have market value for employers? Can digital badges level the playing field for underserved and non-networked learners in the hiring process?