bright designWelcome to the Next Level Lab!

The Next Level Lab, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, brings together expertise in cognitive science, neuroscience, the learning sciences and innovative learning design and technology to address emerging and urgent issues in K-12 and workforce development. We aim to increase access and equity in developing mastery across the lifespan. The Lab is directed by Tina Grotzer, Principal Research Scientist and Faculty Member in Education. Read more about our team. We…

  • …mine existing research of promise that can improve learning and performance.
  • …research questions with the potential for high leverage impact.
  • …translate research findings to help the world use research on learning and the mind.
  • …innovate in the space of technology and learning to develop new visions for what is possible in developing human potential.

Our work supports a new vision for what learning can be. We call this Next Level Learning.

What is Next Level Learning?

Next Level Learning introduces important shifts in how education and the nature of learning are conceived in contexts for human development. It challenges notions of who learning is for and who is the primary driver.  We believe that even current notions of powerful learning fall short of what humans are capable of and of what we know is possible based upon research in learning and the mind. The main shifts that we call for are:

Engaged to Agentive

Deep Understanding to Deep and Flexible Understanding

Abilities-Focused to Dispositions-Focused

Learner-centric to Learners within Malleable Contexts

 

Why are we calling for Next Level Learning now? Click here to learn why it is so important now. You can also read more about Next Level Learning here. 

News from the Next Level Lab

Bringing Next Level Learning to Practice: A Virtual Workshop Series for Practitioners

October 20, 2022

What can technologies like virtual reality add to workforce development, and how do they support learning that may be difficult to achieve in traditional settings?

What cognitive, social, and emotional skills do workers need for Green Jobs?

As organizations seek to recruit and retain diverse talent, what do we need to consider about...

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Project OVERCOME: Supporting Vulnerable Workers with Virtual Reality Training

October 12, 2022

Many of us are hearing about the Metaverse, and employers and educators may be wondering how emerging technologies like virtual reality (VR) can enhance learning and workforce development. At the Next Level Lab, we recognize that immersive technologies have a range of affordances for learning skills and dispositions, but there remains little evidence on their impact in real-life learning environments. To better understand how these technologies can be used for workforce development and to support vulnerable jobseekers, we partnered with Goodwill Industries...

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Chris Dede and Ashley Etemadi received a presentation award at iLRN 2022!

June 6, 2022
At the 8th Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2022), NLL Senior Researcher Dr. Chris Dede and Research Assistant Ashley Etemadi delivered a presentation on using immersive media to develop workers' dispositions for applying skills in an uncertain, disruptive world. We're delighted to share that their presentation received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Workplace and Industry Training! Their presentation is posted on... Read more about Chris Dede and Ashley Etemadi received a presentation award at iLRN 2022!