21st Century Skills

The term “21st-century skills” is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today’s world. In a broader sense, however, the idea of what learning in the 21st century should look like is open to interpretation—and controversy.

This infographic by University of Phoenix details the Top 10 skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century workplace, as well as some insight on how best to acquire them. Take a look… and see if your coursework, extra-curricular activities, internships and volunteer assignments are helping you develop these must-have skills:



Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning is becoming increasingly important. It plays a major role in how students learn, their motivation to learn and how teachers teach.

Clearly, the way that students learn is changing and it continues to do so. Schools are adopting new methods of discovery based, problem based and challenged based learning to engage learners and provide them with valuables 21st Century Skills.

Because of that, assessment procedures will have to support the next generation in acquiring the skills and values they will need to manage emerging global challenges, such as teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to manage their own learning. The challenge for assessment will be to reflect new emerging educational priorities.

So then, the emphasis has changed from assessing students purely to provide a tool to improve the whole learning experience.