The biggest challenges in education need effective and scalable solutions. From removing barriers to access for students from under-resourced communities to streamlining the learn-to-work cycle, stakeholders in higher education and workforce development need new ways to redesign the current learning experience. The challenges are complex, sometimes contradictory, and ever-evolving. They are education’s wicked problems.
WGU Labs partners with higher education leaders, faculty, students, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other stakeholders to address these challenges. As the edtech innovation arm of Western Governors University, an institution that reimagined the traditional university 25 years ago, we are more than a think tank. We are an action tank.
We use our unique position as an organization that is both part of and separate from higher education to drive systemic change. Our partners count on us to ask astute questions, thread disparate information into insights, and push bold, learner-centered ideas. Then we investigate, test and refine those concepts into workable solutions that support learner outcomes and advance equitable access.
Transforming learning begins with careful analysis. We use rigorous methods to analyze policy, systems, and education technology solutions to identify what works and why.
Better products will close equity gaps and improve learner outcomes. We build high-quality, learner-centered technologies and instructional content based on learning science and design.
The best solutions are born out of collaboration. We build connections between entrepreneurs, higher education leaders, and workforce stakeholders that bolster the education marketplace.
We invest in pre-seed and seed stage EdTech companies to support scalable solutions that have an equitable impact on learner outcomes.
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