Oct 3rd 2016

Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (Coursera)

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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.

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.

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.

AND as far as possible on a MOOC platform, the course itself has been re-designed to model developmental teaching, so that you can experience the type of teaching from us, that your students will need from you, if they are to be equipped with 21st century skills.

We are delighted to be offering this MOOC again. We hope you enjoy the course and that you us at the University of Melbourne in October this year.