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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Insights From a White House Design Session

The State of the Union-sparked debate on whether community college should be free reminds us to write about the design session we led at the White House before the holidays. As part of the White House Symposium on Innovation in Higher Education,the Lab lead a design session with 40 enthusiastic education innovation leaders (representing universities, community […]

Introducing the Innovator Network

Hello! And welcome to our new and improved Innovator Network. What is the Innovator Network? In short, it’s a collective of individuals, universities and employers committed to student-centered academic transformation. We (the Education Design Lab) are curating and hosting the Innovator Network, but we want it to be shaped and guided largely by its members […]

Community By Design

Recapping our experience at the Inaugural Leading Academic Change Summit   Everyone talks about “academic transformation” as code for the urgent imperative to reconsider the value proposition, return on investment and teaching/learning modalities for today’s “traditional” university. But we had the invigorating opportunity to be in the room and co-facilitate as 67 senior administrators charged […]

Bay Path Design Sprint

The Learner Revolution

As we come near the close of a busy fall, we’d like to pause to reflect on some themes in this nuanced and interesting chapter of the “reinvent college” discussion. We were feeling a kind of frustration among universities and entrepreneurs, as VC investment is reported to be “cooling,” while hype about new companies, pilots, […]

Innovator Network Update, August 2014

News Inside the Lab Dear Education Design Lab Innovators, As I head home from the Stanford d.school’s first ever K-12 Design Summit, I am struck by how the Bay Area is so far ahead of the East Coast in embracing design thinking. Even our journey was filled with examples of good design. The mid-budget airport hotel, Aloft, […]

Apprenticeship Challenge News, April 2014

Design Challenge Education Design Lab: Apprenticeship Challenge News On April 24, George Mason University posted a press release describing the learning pilot phase of the Lab’s Apprenticeship Challenge. The Lab’s Design Challenges all push toward a learning pilot where the design partner puts the newly designed model into practice. The lessons from learning pilots refine design challenge outcomes […]

Education Design Lab News, April 2014

News Inside the Lab Dear Education Design Lab Innovators, We wanted to share our updated website as we near completion of our first three design challenges. We will try to use this newsletter format, the @eddesignlab Twitter account  and the website as vehicles to share what we are learning and testing as new education models. These first three […]

Innovator Network Update, February 2014

February Update Dear Education Design Lab Community, Thank you for taking an interest in our development over the last 6 months and for being part of the Lab’s Innovator Network. The Lab feels real now that we have three design challenges underway: two with George Mason University and a third with George Mason and Northern […]