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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More News and Events

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.

Education Design Lab hosts ACCELERATE! New Orleans Design Session

How might our institutions provide intentional and sustainable pathways to build 21st century competencies and help our students find meaningful employment in their desired career field?

Employers said empathy is the most important 21st century skill for an HVAC technician. Surprised? So were they.

This month we traveled to Albuquerque, NM, to kick off #TeeUpTheSkills with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and their employer partners, TLC Plumbing and Jaynes Corporation, a construction company.

Education Design Lab Announces Design Challenge to Improve Success for Single Moms in Community Colleges

In partnership with ECMC Foundation, non-profit opens request for proposals for Single Moms Success initiative

#TeeUpTheSkills Kicks off at the University of Maine: What did we learn?

The first stop on our #TeeUpTheSkills tour was a place with an urgent need for employer-driven 21st Century Skills credentials: Bangor, Maine. When we engaged with employers, it became immediately clear that they were struggling to identify candidates with professional skills needed to be successful in entry level jobs.

Let’s stop calling everything AI: What automation in higher ed looks like today

We asked Brian Kathman, CEO of Signal Vine, to help innovators think through the hype, to talk about what automation solutions are available to schools today vs. the future of automation and/or AI.

Meet ACCELERATED BUSINESS PATHWAYS: Designed to support first gen college transfer students in high school

What’s possible when a high school district, community college, and four year university work together to improve outcomes for first gen transfer students?

Education Design Lab announces #TeeUpTheSkills cohort of employers and college partners to test effectiveness of digital credentials

Yearlong design and hiring challenge aims to help historically underserved students demonstrate 21st century skills to access better career pathways

The Lab is growing! Meet our newest team members.

We’re pleased to announce that Marta Urquilla and Isaac Agbeshie-Noye have joined the Lab as Chief Program Officer and Education Designer, HBCU Director, respectively.

The Lab’s Recent Foreign Exchange Experience: Visit with delegation from China’s Shandong Province

Delegation from China visits the Lab to talk student centered design, innovation, and entrepreneurship curriculum.