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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.
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.
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?
With institutional administrators, we mapped out the milestones of Erica’s journey from her decision to apply to college through five years after graduation. We then mapped the emotions associated with each milestone (anxiety when applying to school, confusion when picking a major, jubilation at graduation, and uncertainty out in the “real world”). Did we find blind spots and sticking points? You bet.
How might our institutions provide intentional and sustainable pathways to build 21st century competencies and help our students find meaningful employment in their desired career field?
Employers said empathy is the most important 21st century skill for an HVAC technician. Surprised? So were they.
This month we traveled to Albuquerque, NM, to kick off #TeeUpTheSkills with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and their employer partners, TLC Plumbing and Jaynes Corporation, a construction company.
Education Design Lab Announces Design Challenge to Improve Success for Single Moms in Community Colleges
In partnership with ECMC Foundation, non-profit opens request for proposals for Single Moms Success initiative
The first stop on our #TeeUpTheSkills tour was a place with an urgent need for employer-driven 21st Century Skills credentials: Bangor, Maine. When we engaged with employers, it became immediately clear that they were struggling to identify candidates with professional skills needed to be successful in entry level jobs.
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.
Meet ACCELERATED BUSINESS PATHWAYS: Designed to support first gen college transfer students in high school
What’s possible when a high school district, community college, and four year university work together to improve outcomes for first gen transfer students?