Initiatives

Next generation universities foster solutions-oriented cultures where technological innovations and entrepreneurial thinking are combined with a deep commitment to social progress at individual, community and global scales. A culture shift is needed to catalyze institutional transformation - one that places learners of all ages and life circumstances at the center and prioritizes learner agency.

ASU’s Agent Learner Initiative will support universities with innovations that empower learners by providing them with more flexibility, agency and agility. Central to this work is culture change and the development of key education technology innovations that enhance learner agency and improve student outcomes.

Culture Change in Higher Education

Culture Change in Higher Education

UDI will support universities and key stakeholders in the higher education ecosystem as they advance and sustain learner-centric innovation and enterprise transformation. Approaching change from a systems perspective, UDI co-designs solutions using cutting-edge tools, frameworks, and a range of knowledge assets to drive decision-making and inform transformation initiatives.

As universities around the world embark on their own transformation process, UDI engages with trust, respect and cultural awareness to support the leadership and culture needed for successful, sustainable change. Our efforts connect global leaders who are committed to transforming higher education, helping them form partnerships with one another and strengthening collaboration across higher education.

Trusted Learner Network

Trusted Learner Network

ASU has designed a Trusted Learner Record (TLR) as part of the Trusted Learner Network (TLN), a learner-centric solution that enables greater learner agency to enhance usability and privacy and offers digital credentialing of student achievement.

  • Trusted Learner Record is a highly-flexible, digital user record that can contain courses, competencies, degrees and any other learner accomplishments.
  • Trusted Learner Network is a secure, permission-based, reliable and truthful system that holds all TLRs together through consensus in a Blockchain (distributed ledger technologies). The network is owned by all participants, not just one institution.

ASU will develop TLN as a permission-based framework that validates trust and gives students full control over records with the ability to share all or part with external parties. Learn more about the Trusted Learner Network here.

Learning Asset Manager

Learning Asset Manager

ASU will design and build a Learning Asset Manager (LAM), the technical infrastructure that makes the sharing of digital content and materials throughout an enterprise and across institutions more manageable and user-friendly.

Advancement of the LAM will accelerate development of a stackable credential system, a digitized, modular credentialing framework that offers badges, certificates and other credentials. The wider selection of credentials allows learners to more easily adjust their course selection, first at ASU and eventually other institutions, to reflect individualized aptitudes and interests. The LAM serves as the technological foundation of a stackable credential system that empowers learners to personalize their experiences and represent mastery of knowledge and skills that are relevant to their chosen career paths.

The LAM will eliminate administrative and technical barriers for institutions to share, repurpose and integrate courses and content. The system will encourage more collaboration on content production at the institutional and faculty levels in higher education while facilitating a seamless experience for learners who seek the wider selection of courses multiple institutions have to offer.

Agent Learner Initiative Project Team

Professor Minu Ipe
Professor Minu Ipe
Initiative co-director and leader of the Culture Change Project
Professor Lev Gonick
Professor Lev Gonick
Leader of the Trusted Learner Network Project
Professor Phil Regier
Professor Phil Regier
Leader of the Learning Asset Manager Project
Professor Derrick Anderson
Professor Derrick Anderson
Initiative director