Six “College Hacking” Trends to Watch in 2020

January 2, 2020

When we predicted the “Learner Revolution” in 2014, we talked about it as a trend that might take hold by 2030. The Learner Revolution is a world where the college degree becomes just one option for professional career preparation, where learners might hack their own path to attain skills in shorter courses or micro-degrees. Their credentials might be delivered by a mix of colleges, employers, or experience providers at any point in their lives. By early 2019, to celebrate the Education Design Lab’s fifth anniversary, we wrote about how quickly views about the importance of the college degree had softened as enrollments at two and four year colleges, and particularly graduate schools, were declining.

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HBCUs Excel at Supporting Black Students. Here’s Why Strengthening Their Career Outcomes Matters.

December 19, 2019

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were founded with the principal mission to educate African-Americans, providing pathways to opportunities for a population that was systematically excluded from active participation in higher education. At the Lab, we believe that if we can both enable traditionally under-resourced institutions to rethink their programming and co-design with them new models to enhance career outcomes, we can scale these initiatives to positively impact all learners across the higher education ecosystem. In other words, designing for resource-constrained institutions and underserved learners—in human-centered design, we might say “extreme users”—will address the needs of the many.

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Future Proof: An Upskilling Primer

December 5, 2019

As part of our “Future Proof” series, we’re covering the future of work landscape and the tools, pathways, and trends for designing educational programs that equip learners for an evolving workforce–– past issues covered skills mapping and 21st century skills curriculum mapping as key tools. In this “Future Proof” spotlight, the Lab’s education designer Isaac Agbeshie-Noye provides a primer on upskilling, a human capital trend, and shares examples in practice and lessons learned to date from our upskilling initiative in San Antonio, Texas.

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Are Badges College Ready?

10 Things We’ve Learned from the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge   1. Employers Get It.  Employers are excited bythe fact that badging can make a student’s resume three-dimensional. 21st century skill badges, specifically, help employers find the skill sets that are predictors of success, but are often the hardest to discern, especially from a transcript […]

From Pedagogy Innovation to “Breaking China” with Georgetown’s Randy Bass

 “Most of the really transformational ideas are actually breaking china now.”     Kathleen deLaski: Let’s start with the trajectory of your career at Georgetown University. You started CNDLS, which was an innovation in itself. What year did you start? Randy Bass: 1999-2000, so this is the 15-year anniversary.   KD: When you started CNDLS, why […]

The Learner Revolution is Coming

Recently, the Lab has been percolating in a few different projects that have us returning to a piece we published six months ago, “The Learner Revolution”. Our Badging Challenge, the Academy for Innovative Higher Ed Leadership, a collaborative trip out to Ohio State, and an exciting new project we’re working on with the Lumina Foundation, […]

New Study Highlights the American Public’s Perception of Higher Ed

  Last week I attended the Gallup-Lumina Foundation study release event for their 2014 study on Americans’ college aspirations and barriers. Entitled Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers, The 2014 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public’s Opinion on Higher Education, the full study and methodology can be found here, but I wanted to highlight and […]

Leading Academic Innovation | How to Capture Transformative Learning from UCO’s Jeff King

  The Program’s Beginnings To date, 31 faculty and 2,654 students at UCO have engaged with a bold program to capture and measure “transformative learning” in and beyond the classroom. They’ve just broken ground on a brand new living and learning community that quite literally and physically embodies some aspects of the program, and in […]

College Presidents & Students Turn to Design Thinking

Design thinking is everywhere in the press these days. The practice has ties all the way back to DaVinci, but I only discovered it a little more recently, at Stanford’s “d.School.” Adopting it two years ago as the “home-court toolkit” for the Education Design Lab, we felt ahead of the curve. But now we feel […]

Reframing the 4 Cs: 21st Century Mindsets

  The Issue The 4Cs are an oft-touted benchmark in education – the four key soft skills that today’s graduates need in order to be competitive and competent in today’s workforce. Literature on 21st century learning emphasizes collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Yet how do we make sense of the difference between teaching the […]

Introducing the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge

We’re pleased to announce the kick-off of our cohort-style design challenge with 7 partner universities to address the question: How might we capture learning beyond the traditional transcript in ways that are meaningful to employers? As part of our mission to improve the school-to-work pipeline, this 9 month design challenge aims to address the gaps that […]

Leading Academic Innovation | 5 Lessons From Caltech’s Cassandra Horii

  Cassandra came to Caltech to start the Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach nearly two and a half years ago. The Center focuses on innovative teaching, and also on the awareness, discussion, and adoption of new teaching methods. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach serves a few different audiences: faculty, teaching assistants (TAs), […]

University Consortium Tackles Credentialing for 21st Century Skills