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This course provides a rationale for the need to develop 21st century skills among our students. It presents the key 21st century skills of; collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, problem-solving and innovation, information and communications technology (ICT) for learning, skilled communication.

It explores what learning looks like in the 21st century and how innovative teaching practices can support student learning to develop these skills.


  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions
  • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g., to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade) and in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a prior as well as assess their impact
  • Collaborate with Others
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
  • Visual Literacy
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate, and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made2
  • Scientific and Numerical Literacy
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality of scientific and numerical information on the basis of its sources and the methods used to generate it
  • Demonstrate the capacity to pose and evaluate scientific arguments based on evidence and to apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately
  • Demonstrate ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts
  • Cross-Disciplinary Thinking
  • Apply knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and skills across disciplines in appropriate and effective ways
  • Basic Literacy
  • Demonstrate the ability to use language to read, write, listen, and speak


  • Reason Effectively

Use various types of reasoning (e.g., inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

  • Use Systems Thinking

Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems

  • Make Judgments and Decisions
  • Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
  • Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view
  • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
  • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes
  • Solve Problems
  • Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways
  • Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions


  • Think Creatively
  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
  • Demonstrate imagination and curiosity
  • Work Creatively with Others
  • Develop, implement, and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes
  • Implement Innovations
  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur