Learning Lab | Innovating the Future of Education: A How-To Guide

Part 1: October 3 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: October 5 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: October 12 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: October 19 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


Higher education is an industry in disruption, which creates the need to innovate and do so now, often with only the most immediate resources available. Yet it is common to conceptualize innovation as "the big idea" emerging serendipitously from one lucky well-funded individual or team. This myth overlooks critical innovation methodologies and practices, such as exponential collaboration, idea mashups, and iterative user testing. In this highly interactive course, collaborate with colleagues to practice human-centered design methodologies and user-experience principles to nurture ideas from inception to prototyping to prove the viability of an idea from the smallest start possible.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Practice moving from a “knower” mindset to a “learning” mindset to amplify collaboration outcomes
  • Apply a key human-centered designed framework to co-create a new solution
  • Evaluate an idea using key user-experience and design principles
  • Plan a "smallest start possible" to implement in your area or organization

Target Audience

Instructional designers, teaching faculty, and academic administrators, higher education professionals


Genevieve Feliú Genevieve Feliú, Innovation Catalyst, Big Mountain Innovations