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Special Event: Redesigning Education ~ Prototype Night

Prototype Night 
Design Challenge: Badging for 21st Century Skills
by the Education Design Lab in collaboration with Design Thinking DC

Join the Education Design Lab as we prototype new models for education and workforce preparation. The Lab has created a hands-on design experience for Capital E-xchange participants and special guests from Design Thinking DC (DT:DC) at Gallup headquarters.

5:30–6:30 Networking Reception — DT:DC members are invited to a reception with Capital E-xchange participants.

6:30–8:30 Designing with the Lab

This evening event will move participants through a design thinking process as part of one of the Lab’s current challenges: helping George Mason University with “badging.”  The question we will address:  How might we assess, develop, and credibly credential 21st century skills—such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking or persistence—within or beyond a university degree?

The Lab will lead you through using design tools to explore the design challenge.  Your prototype may contribute to new ways for students to develop and be recognized for skills critical to work and lifelong learning.

Learn about badging systems and their potential: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_051cGs6n8w

About the Lab: The Education Design Lab is working with learning institutions, entrepreneurs, and employers, to prototype and implement education models that better prepare students for successful roles in the fast-moving knowledge economy.

About Capital E-xchange: Capital E-xchange will examine education holistically, with an eye on how education technology can improve classroom outcomes. By bringing together the policy makers, the Edtech entrepreneurs and the school decision-makers, we will drive new ways of reforming our education system. Capital E-xchange will be a unique mix of business and education, providing an environment in which entrepreneurs driving innovation in learning can interact with dedicated teachers. Interested in attending Capital E-xchange? Register here.

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  • Jonathan B.

    Thanks to all who put this together! I had a fun time, however, I would have enjoyed a more open learning environment. I felt isolated from the wider discussion that could have taken place at a table and room level. Everything seemed very linear and I was unclear of the "take-away". Great seeing everyone and I can't wait for next time!

    October 16, 2013

  • Andrea C.

    Wow- the meetup app truncated my first comment with no warning! I had added to the takeaway improvement the need for a 5 minute review - retrospective on the results and experience.

    I had also mentioned that a smaller goal for a two hour session would allow for greater discussion, depth and clarity on what we are doing. Speed (for me) doesn't result in quality. Several 15 minute or 25 minute chunks of time work better than tiny 3 or 5 minute chunks - especially in group work.

    October 14, 2013

  • Andrea C.

    What I liked: I loved the networking and social aspects.
    Participants are diverse and interesting.
    I thought the ice breaker drawing was fun and effective.
    I like the topic of improving motivation for kids and young adults to become continuous learners.


    To improve:

    Facilitator should present Design Thinking core attributes/process for people not familiar with it and set the session goal/expectation more clearly set at the start. (Lightning quick iterations through x number of badging system design aspects so that your team can eventually use one word to describe that system. Individual and team work involved.)

    The GMU folks could give context for the specific challenge. (Badging was offered as the solution, while the presenter seemed to say 'we need a new frame, we don't want to define solution before the problem'. That seemed incongruent. )

    The individual form sections should match spatially to the group forms. We lost time trying understand the instructions.

    The participants should get a 'takeaway'

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Matthew Graville B.

    It seemed like a combination of working session and presentation, while being neither. I love that the experiential component was at the core. I would have liked for the design challenge steps to be streamlined to allow for deeper discussions. I found myself wanting more open portions as well, to flesh out idea fragments, or to explore a tangent.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    not the best event I've attended but I def learned something.

    October 14, 2013

  • Gary!

    Very interesting challenge we addressed (badges). As usual though, I wish we had more time. Still, a valuable experience. One final thought: did not seem like all of the 60 who RSVP'ed actually showed up...

    October 14, 2013

  • Phil J.

    If any one has to drop last-minute, please post here. Interested in attending. Thanks!

    October 14, 2013

    • Phil J.

      Yessir. Thank you!

      October 14, 2013

    • Scott

      Glad it worked out for you, Phil.

      October 14, 2013

  • Scott

    Thanks, Dawan - Just successfully registered. Appreciate the opportunity to participate. S

    October 13, 2013

  • Susan

    Thanks Dawan for email with the registration info for the evening session; all registered now. Look forward to the event and a hello.

    October 13, 2013

  • Dawan S.

    Just added 10 more seats. Registration for the evening event is free: https://redesigningedu.eventbrite.com/?access=designedu

    October 13, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi Are there any registrations left? Just saw this after being out of town and would enjoy to attend but the link takes you to a site for $495 for the evening!

    October 13, 2013

  • Scott

    Dawan - Have all the 15 additional seats been claimed?

    October 13, 2013

  • Dawan S.

    I just secured 15 more seats for us at Prototype Night. Register at Eventbrite. https://redesigningedu.eventbrite.com/?access=designedu

    October 10, 2013

  • Elizabeth Forbes W.

    Ahh, darn. I would love to go!

    October 9, 2013

  • Dawan S.

    The DT:DC seats for this event are gone now. If more open up, we'll let everyone know.

    October 7, 2013

  • Dawan S.

    Event update: There are about 10 more seats available at Eventbrite: https://redesigningedu.eventbrite.com/?access=designedu

    October 4, 2013

  • Melina

    I am really excited about this meet-up. Unfortunately, I have somewhere else I have to be at 8 and would need to leave at 7:45 - will this be an issues with the lab portion of the night?

    October 3, 2013

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