In working with faculty from around the world, we found that many faculty also require some assistance in thinking about when technology will really make a difference in their teaching and their students’ learning. To address this need we’ve begun to draw on the 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) framework. This framework was developed by Microsoft Partners in Learning in conjunction with SRI International and Innovative Teaching and Learning research program. In contrast to many other 21st-century skills frameworks, the 21 CLD framework is both research-based and very concrete in terms of classroom application.
The framework identifies six primary skills that students should develop as they progress through their education:
· knowledge construction
· real-world problem-solving and innovation
· use of ICT for learning
· skilled communication
Along with the definitions for each of these skills, the framework offers detailed examples and rubrics of how educators can design learning experiences that address that particular skill. This framework appeals to me as a teacher in its specificity and the ability to think in terms of different levels of implementation.
This 21 CLD framework has been very helpful in the TEI workshop in both providing a strong rationale for faculty to consider integrating technology into their teaching and in offering a vision for what this looks like in the classroom. If you’re interested in exploring ways to meet the needs of your students in the 21st century, increase the rigor and interactivity of your coursework, or challenge yourself to level-up in terms of what you ask your students to do, please check out the Partners in Learning website for an overview of the 21 CLD framework and associated rubrics for 21st-century learning design. If you’re interested in the Technology Enriched Instruction workshop, I encourage you to check out that site as well.
How do you integrate one or more of these skills and your teaching?
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