How to Get it Done: A 2-Day Sprint to Redesign an HBCU’s Curriculum

August 29, 2019

Increased financial pressures and declining enrollment are forcing small private colleges to adapt. For many, a curriculum redesign is the way forward. Florida Memorial University (FMU) is facing many of the same pressures as other colleges and universities across the country—they’re working to tackle mounting pressures and adjust to a changing landscape.

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Building an Innovation Toolkit with the 2019-20 ACE Fellows

August 15, 2019

On August 6, the Lab led a human-centered design session for the 2019-20 cohort of ACE Fellows, a diverse group of 38 aspiring leaders in higher education. We were honored to join them on the first day of their opening retreat to provide practical guidance on how they can apply a human-centered design lense to transform their institutions.

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How to Map Your Curriculum to 21st Century Skills

August 15, 2019

21st century skills—otherwise known as soft skills, human skills, or mobility skills—are the future of work. The last time we dove into skills mapping, we aimed to help our partners better understand it as a key tool for designing educational programs that better equip learners for the needs of an evolving workforce. So, what do you do if you’re not able to quickly and drastically redesign your curriculum to meet employer’s skill needs? Meet 21st century skills curriculum mapping.

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More News and Events

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.

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.