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Learn and test new higher ed tools during Feb. 9 virtual Test Lab

Helping to transform postsecondary education? Want to learn more student-centered approaches? Choose one of four tools to test during a two-hour live event hosted by Education Design Lab. Please register by Feb. 2.


A two-hour, live Test Lab, where Education Design Lab will introduce four tools designed for higher ed practitioners, give you time to quickly test one of them, and then facilitate a conversation to capture your feedback.


Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET via Zoom

Intended audience

While most of the tools were designed by and for community colleges, leaders and educators across higher education should find value in each one.

Choose one of the following tools when you register:
  1. Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool for Student Success Initiatives: A cost-benefit model designed to estimate the fiscal and social benefits generated through a community college’s student success initiatives, including Guided Pathways.
  2. Community Colleges and Internal Communications: Using examples from community colleges, this guide and toolkit was designed to help colleges better understand how to use internal communications to advance their goals.
  3. Teaching-Learning-Assessment (TLA) Framework guides campuses through an intentional, five-phase process to examine, implement, and enhance teaching, learning, and assessment practices that can help address persisting gaps in student learning outcomes.
  4. Current vs. Future State Framework on the Role of Higher Education in their Regions: After 10 months of work with 11 higher education leaders across the country, the Lab offers higher education and ecosystem leaders a framework and resources to start aligning regional stakeholders and partners toward building a truly equitable future.

This event is organized and facilitated by Education Design Lab staff, plus one of the Lab’s Designers in Residence, Dr. Adrian Haugabrook.

As part of year two of the Lab’s Designers in Residence program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are working with members of the original cohort to test and iterate tools developed during the first year. As part of this process, we are also testing tools developed through other programs that have been funded by the Gates Foundation. We are hosting this Test Lab to showcase these tools and get some feedback to share back with our funder.

Register by Feb. 2

When you register, you will be asked which tool you are interested in testing; this is how we are identifying and creating breakout rooms per tool. You will receive a calendar invitation and an email with event information after you submit the registration form.