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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More News and Events

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 […]

Innovator Network, October 2013

October Update Dear Education Design Lab Community, We are officially launched! We unveiled our first design challenge at this week’s excellent Capital E-xchange conference at Gallup Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Education Design Lab went from idea to power point to nonprofit startup in less than a year. So much has changed in that year. Some of […]