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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Welcome to the Lab, Naomi!

May 8, 2019

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

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

May 2, 2019

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

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More News and Events

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?

Journey mapping the student experience with the UNCF CPI cohort

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.