Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

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所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 教育

大学或机构: University of Melbourne(墨尔本大学)

授课老师: Esther Care Patrick Griffin



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Education and work are changing as a result of technology and its influence in the workplace. We now have new ways of working, new tools for working, new ways of living and even new ways of thinking as a result of the influence of technology on life, work and leisure.

In the workplace, more workers are needed in multi-tasking, information and communications-based employment. Entrants to workplaces need skills to function effectively in this environment that have not traditionally been taught in our schools and universities. In this course, we identify some of these complex skills, and select one to examine in detail - collaborative problem solving - that combines both cognitive and social aspects and requires the ability to use and build knowledge. It is widely regarded by industry as one of the skills lacking in young people and graduates as they struggle to secure stable employment. In some countries the unemployment rates of graduates exceeds 50%. The new skills - often erroneously called soft skills - are not being developed in schools or universities and in many cases when they are, there is uncertainty regarding how to assess and teach them.

In times of great change, when uncertainties dominate thinking about education and work, the result is often a paralysis in education and a reversion to rudimentary approaches to assessment that fail to inform directed learning and teaching. In this course we will focus on the nature of 21st century skills and their assessment, with a link to teaching styles and approaches suitable for a classroom in the 21st century.


This course will cover the following;

  • The influence of technology on the workplace and its potential impact on education
  • 21st century skills defined and a framework of these skills
  • Assessment methodology for 21st century skills
  • Developmental approach to assessment and learning
  • An emphasis on collaborative problem solving (CPS)
  • Assessment tasks for assessing CPS
  • Developing skills in peer and self-assessment for CPS
  • Scoring and interpreting student performance when acting as a member of a group
  • Linking assessment and teaching in a developmental approach
  • The ATC21S project and its products
  • Interpreting reports and linking to teaching
  • Design principles for assessing collaborative problem solving
  • Access to the ATC21S materials


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Learn about ways to assess and teach new and emerging 21st century skills: we cover the nature of these skills, alternative methods of assessment, interpretation and reporting of assessments, and their implications for teaching.