EdCampus – Next Generation Education Systems


EdCampus is a next generation education system that leverages best practices from around the globe.  In a previous post I talked about these best practices and one of the key ones was closing the gap between industry and education.  EdCampus has this at the center of its model.   The initial campus is looking to be piloted in Chaska Minnesota, though talks of other campuses are being planned around the country at this time.
One of the main buildings on the Chaska campus.
Let’s look at some of new ideas being showcased by the model:
  • Instead of having a school be a single institution,  this model features a network of academic and corporate partners.  Cirrocumuli here is the aggregation of over 50 top academic institutions and a broad spectrum of industry leaders.
  • Industry practitioners are a key part of the education process, bringing real world experience and application of knowledge making the students skill set more relevant to the workplace.
  • The education process features long term internship directly with industry instead of a few week option in traditional programs. It redefines the notion of experiential learning with real experience.
  • The campuses and there resources are more open to the communities they serve than today’s institutions.
  • There is more community services to support lifestyle aspects of education,  like built in day care for example.
  • EdCampus’ are designed for the regional clusters they support.   Each campus may have a different blend of programs and industry focuses,  though programs could be easily replicated at each campus and through online options.
  • EdCampus model also supports the full spectrum of learning from K to higher ed and vocational specialties.   I recognizes that a health region needs the full range of skillets to make society function.
  • In addition, there is integrated workforce centers to support unemployment, career counseling, and   re-training opportunities.
  • Corporate talent development programs can be integrated into customized training programs to provide life long training for employees and retain a relevant workforce.
  • The model is built to be additive to the regions existing educational options.   Meaning its programs can be blended and integrated into existing programs to enhance them.
  • The building structures feature a new architecture design of ePods.  This allows for rapid reconfiguration of spaces to support differences in facility requirements across programs.

Check out EdCampus and get involved.

Meeting with MN State CTO

MN.IT LogoAs a follow up to my meeting with the State CIO,  I was introduced to the Minnesota State CTO, Ed Valencia, to present an overview of the North Star Iniative for building Innovation Centers in Minnesota.  This meeting was exceptional in the level of advice and coaching towards working with State Government and key contacts to engage with.  Alignment over data created synergy for future pilot projects around public data.  Looking at next steps.  I will be meeting with MN DEED and Greater MSP in the coming months to share details of the initiative and see what level of interest exists for collaboration.


Design of a World’s Fair


At the latest Expo2023 meeting speaker Dean Tom Fischer from the UMN design school presented on the topic of design for World’s Fair.   Examples where shown of design and regional investments that had been made over history at World’s Fair.   While some fair’s build temporary structures, the real opportunity allows in percent investments that transform the region with business and community assets that live on past the fair.  In many cases,  there are also iconic structures that are built that become internationally recognized symbols that strength the brand of the city.  Some examples are the Eiffel Tower in Paris,  the Sky Needle in Seattle, etc.

Capped Freeway Duluth

Another major consideration is the the location of the fair.   In Expo2010, Shanghai’s water front was extensively remodeled and literally remade the new downtown of the city.   Other design examples included maximizing the land that is used by freeways through green space capping.   This allows for “new land” integrated directly into densely built areas and create a transformative effect.   The Q&A part of the event quickly moved to possible locations in Minneasota.   While there are site options all around the Minneapolis / St. Paul area,  the more interesting idea was that there could be locations in multiple cities making it a Minnesota World’s Fair vs. a single city format.

Check out the gallery for more examples