A New College Model? Design it with Students.

July 9, 2020

When I got a phone call from the Provost of Catholic University three years ago, I did not know why he wanted to meet. But that meeting led to a design sprint, which led to a groundbreaking pilot that launches this fall, COVID notwithstanding. Catholic University wanted to return to an original mission in its 130-year history, to serve those who could not afford its private college sticker price and not only those who could travel to Washington, DC, to live on its storied campus. They were the first university to ask the Lab to help them create a much more affordable version of themselves, and one designed with first-generation Latinx students in parts of the US that have no Catholic colleges. As Provost Andrew Abela, who is now Dean of the Business School, describes it, “We wanted a program that was low-cost and high tech, but also high touch.”

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DCPS and Education Design Lab Team Up with Employers to Offer Remote Summer Internships

June 18, 2020

Education Design Lab, the national nonprofit that pioneered the concept of learner-centric design in education, today announced the launch of a paid remote internship program with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) that will offer students hands-on work experience through real-world projects submitted by employers. More than 100 local high school students will participate in the Creativity for COVID remote internship program, an immersive, six-week experience that will culminate with students presenting their plans to employers and earning an industry-supported digital credential in creative problem-solving.

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Two Pathways, One Purpose

June 18, 2020

Over the past 15 months, the Lab has worked with partners in San Antonio, Texas, to design and launch two upskilling pathways to expand career opportunities for frontline workers. So far, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio, our employer partner, has seen substantial gains among program participants in productivity, collaboration, and leadership, skills essential for positioning frontline workers for middle-skill jobs.

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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 […]