Engaging Learners Online in COVID-19: An Actionable Framework

May 7, 2020

A year ago, the Lab had just released The Learner Revolution, a whitepaper sharing learnings from five years of work with 125+ institutions on how higher ed leaders must position their institutions to improve learner outcomes, support learners’ economic mobility, and ultimately thrive in a rapidly changing landscape of learning options. Fast forward, and today COVID-19 has accelerated the forces necessitating these changes, most acutely impacting those students—like low-income learners, parent learners, first gen students, and others from historically underserved and underrepresented groups—who were already in need of a redesign of higher ed to enable their success.

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Why Micro-pathways

May 7, 2020

We didn’t need the coronavirus to get us pondering the question “Is college worth it?” But it certainly speeds up our need to find the alternatives. At the Lab, we argue that Micro-pathways will be an important bridge to the future in this new agile and uncertain age.

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Higher Ed’s Learner-centered Responses to the Pandemic

April 9, 2020

We continue to be inspired by the ways higher ed is responding to this moment on behalf of learners and communities. And we are hearing from our network how the design tools and methods we’ve shared over the years have helped them respond and adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. Many had already begun to pivot toward a fast-changing future, and now they are demonstrating resilience in the face of change. We’re heartened to see our institutional partners that have embraced student-centered solutions double-down on their values and commitment.

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More News and Events

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 […]