Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills


We live in challenging times for teachers. The challenge comes from the virtual tsunami of pressures building on education systems to respond to the digital revolution. Workplaces are also changing as a result of the shift to the knowledge economy.


One thing is clear – our students (and us) need a different set of basic skills. Of course the 3R’s – reading, writing and arithmetic – remain important, but so are the 4C’s, critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. And we all need meta-cognitive skills, to sustain learning through life. This MOOC takes a teachers’ perspective. It canvasses the 21st century skills students need. It explores how teachers might apply developmental teaching and assessment principles to develop these skills in a classroom.

In this MOOC you will work through two detailed examples of 21st century skills, examining how they can be taught and assessed. The first is collaborative problem solving, a 21st century skill which combines the capacities of collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. The second skill is a meta-cognitive skill of knowing how to learn in a MOOC. In each example, you will explore how to understand the nature of each skill from a teaching perspective, how to teach it, and how to assess it. These two examples show how any 21st century skill can be tackled in the classroom.

Who is this class for: No background knowledge or skills are required, though we recommend an interest in teaching and learning in schools, curiosity about the future of schooling, and willingness to try out new things.

Created by:   The University of Melbourne
Taught by:    Patrick Griffin, Professor
Commitment 6 weeks of study, 2 to 7 hours per week.
How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.
Enroll at: Link

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