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

Welcome to the Lab, Naomi!

We’re pleased to announce that Naomi Boyer has joined the Lab as an Education Designer, Digital Credential Products.

Goodwill, Alamo Colleges District, and Education Design Lab Team-Up to UpSkill Frontline Workers in San Antonio

UpSkill SA! taps the potential of learner-centric design to prepare frontline workers for jobs in the region’s fastest growing fields

The Lab is growing! Meet Miriam

We’re pleased to announce that Miriam Swords Kalk has joined the Lab as an Education Designer.

Education Design Lab Announces Design Challenge with Community Colleges to Boost Graduation Rates for Single Mothers

Education Design Lab taps four large community colleges in an ambitious effort to raise single-mother completion rate 30 percent at each institution by 2024

The doctors are in! Congratulations to Lab staff Isaac Agbeshie-Noye & Leslie Daugherty

We are proud to announce that TWO Lab education designers, Isaac Agbeshie-Noye and Leslie Daugherty, have successfully defended their dissertations and will be officially hooded this spring by George Washington University and Maryville University, respectively.

The Lab celebrates 5th anniversary with The Learner Revolution event

We celebrated the Lab’s 5th anniversary and The Learner Revolution’s release with an intimate dinner and fireside chat featuring George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera and Amazon Web Services Senior Manager of Worldwide Education Programs Ken Eisner, moderated by our very own Kathleen deLaski.

Designing for the Open Digital Credential Marketplace

Can you imagine the day when your degree will be based on what you can do, not what you know? And that digital “stacks” of competencies could get you hired without a degree, and that learning outside the classroom, at work, in life could count toward your credential.

Hitting the ground running in 2019

Five years ago, the Lab began with a vision to bring human centered design and other innovative tools to bear on the wicked problems that lie at the intersection of the rapidly changing postsecondary education landscape, the future of work and growing inequality. We set out to design and build new models with employers and partner institutions to help build more equitable futures for all learners.

Journey Mapping the Resume with Tee Up the Skills Employer Partners

Through #TeeUpTheSkills, we set out to find answers to the question everyone in digital badging is trying to figure out: do badges have market value for employers? Can digital badges level the playing field for underserved and non-networked learners in the hiring process?

Journey mapping the student experience with the UNCF CPI cohort

With institutional administrators, we mapped out the milestones of Erica’s journey from her decision to apply to college through five years after graduation. We then mapped the emotions associated with each milestone (anxiety when applying to school, confusion when picking a major, jubilation at graduation, and uncertainty out in the “real world”). Did we find blind spots and sticking points? You bet.