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2018 was a big year for the Lab. We look forward to an even greater 2019!

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Michigan Badging Pilot Measures the Holy Grail: Critical Thinking

Students and employers joined the Lab in Michigan last week to celebrate. A panel of students from Hope College and Aquinas College who earned their critical thinking badges spoke on their badging experience to a warm room of faculty, staff, employers, and peers.

Education Design Lab Formalizes Career Pathways Partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

We’re able to officially announce a three-year engagement with UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) to strengthen institutional career placement outcomes at 14 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs).

Seamless Transfer Pathways May 2018 Convening: The Team Goes to Texas!

After nine months of planning, preparing, and designing their prototypes, the Seamless Transfer Pathways Cohort reconvened at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas ready to build out their student-focused #SeamlessTransfer pilots in an immersive one-and-a-half-day convening.

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

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.

Education Design Lab Releases 21st Century Skills Badge Program

Americans are earning college degrees at an unprecedented rate, yet many college graduates find themselves unemployed or underemployed.

Designing the ‘Gold Standard’ for the Thriving University

What if you designed a university to support students’ well-being? Growing student anxiety and mental wellness are gaining attention of higher education leaders as they consider how these challenges impact both the student experience and student success.  

We Have Seen the Future: Open Pathways Will Allow Learners to Build Skills Using Multiple Providers

This year’s Summit on Digital Badging was well curated by IMSGlobal at Arizona State University, the impressive standards group that is forging consensus to fuel the promise of micro-credentialing across learning institutions, businesses and nations. Our president, Kathleen deLaski, previewed the public rollout of the Lab’s 21st century skills badges we’ve prototyped over 3 years.

On the Road to Building Seamless Transfer Pathways

The Seamless Transfer Pathways team has been on the road, visiting each of the campus pairs in the project, since the end of January. In total, almost 250 faculty, staff, and students got to experience the human-centered research first hand by walking the student’s journey to see highlights of interviews, surveys, and observations.

The Lab’s Badges Go To High School!

The Lab was invited to present and lead a design session at this year’s CTE Professional Development day for NYC Public Schools. The essence of the day was captured in Chancellor Farina’s keynote, “we need to re-brand CTE and vocational education to make it more clear to policymakers and parents alike the skills that our students are gaining”.

Adults Students Co-Design A Hospitality Bootcamp

In Washington DC, the fastest growing industry is hospitality and adult charter students who are still working on their GEDs are taking advantage of a great opportunity to blend their GED training with workforce training and possible college credit. The Education Design Lab is working with the city, Academy of Hope Charter school and three hotels (Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott) to create an “Entry Level Plus bootcamp.”