About this Course
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This MOOC is designed principally for practicing teachers who are wondering exactly how they can incorporate teaching and assessment of 21st century skills into their classrooms, labs or workshops. It will also be useful to trainee teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and curriculum and assessment specialists, providing them with an understanding of the challenges associated with teaching and assessment of 21st century skills. This course explains the social and cognitive skills that are known as 21st century skills. It reviews how they can be represented in the curriculum, in terms of developmental progressions. It also explores how teachers can recognise these skills in students, how the level of skill of a learner can be assessed, and then how learners can be supported to develop their skill. In this course we work through two detailed examples of 21st century skills. 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. The approach to teaching and assessment in this course derives from the application of a developmental, evidence-based, clinical approach to teaching practice. The course provides a mix of theory and practice, of thinking and doing, and opportunities to share ideas, experience and resources with other participants. Join Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin and the team from the Assessment Research Centre, University of Melbourne in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills, hosted on Coursera....
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Suggested: 4 weeks of guided study, plus 2 weeks to complete assignments and evaluations. 2 to 5 hours per week.

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Suggested: 4 weeks of guided study, plus 2 weeks to complete assignments and evaluations. 2 to 5 hours per week.

Approx. 13 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Why do we need 21st century skills? What are they?

During our introduction week, we provide two Modules. Module 1 offers an overview of the course and explains how assessment in it is structured. Our approach to assessment in the course introduces some developmental components that complement the summative approach used by Coursera for grading. The Course Progression provides the basis of the self-assessment activities provided throughout the course. These enable you to monitor your progress as you develop your skills in teaching and assessing C21 skills. In Module 2 we turn to the first topics of the course, and discuss the world in terms of technological change and the need for 21st century skills in today’s workforce. We talk about what is meant by '21st century skills' and how these skills are increasingly in demand as new technologies change the way we work, learn, live and function in a digital and knowledge-based society. You will have the opportunity to learn about different 21st century skills frameworks that have been created by a variety of institutions. We want to show you what we mean by a developmental approach, and how this approach can be used in assessment and learning and teaching. These lectures will form the foundation for topics to come in later weeks, so please take the time to watch them and to follow up with the suggested readings....
Reading
5 videos (Total 50 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
2.1 Influence of technology11m
2.2 21st century skills and frameworks12m
2.3 The implementation of 21st century skills in education5m
2.4 Developmental learning13m
Reading4 readings
Course outline10m
Course progression20m
Your teaching team10m
Start-of-course survey10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Module 1 Self-Assessment: Judging what you know about teaching and assessment of C21 skills12m
Module 2a: About C21 Skills24m
Module 2b: C21 Skills frameworks12m

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4 hours to complete

How to teach and assess Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as an example of a C21 skill

In Module 3 we introduce collaborative problem solving (CPS), an example of a complex and relevant 21st century skill. We will explain the nature of CPS, describing in depth the underlying competencies involved in this skill. We will explain how we can take a developmental approach to teaching and learning in CPS and how skills progressions can be developed and used for formative assessment and teaching purposes. We deal with this topic at a relatively deep level, in preparation for taking a more practical approach in Weeks 3 and 4. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
3.2 The nature of collaborative problem solving6m
3.3 Social skills for collaborative problem solving7m
3.4 Cognitive skills for collaborative problem solving8m
3.5 A developmental approach to teaching and learning collaborative problem solving8m
3.6 Empirical progressions3m
Reading1 reading
Assignment 1: Developing a professional learning asset10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 3a: Developmental progressions30m
Module 3b: Interpreting the CPS Progression22m

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3 hours to complete

Assessing and reporting on the development of collaborative problem solving skills

This week, in Module 4, you will be reviewing aspects of assessing students’ collaborative problem solving skills using a developmental approach. You will review a video of ICT tasks that the ATC21S team have created, and you will be prompted to think of ways these approaches may be used, in the classroom or in professional learning, to teach and assess CPS. Work in Week 3 of the course combines with work in Weeks 2 and 4 to support development of the learning outcomes described in Strand 3 of the course progression. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 94 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
4.2 Using developmental progressions for assessment4m
4.3a Case Study: Laughing Clowns13m
4.3b Case Study: Olive Oil14m
4.3c Case Study: Balance21m
4.3d Case Study: Game of 2022m
4.4 A look at reporting15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 4: Using progressions to interpret and report on student learning45m
Mid-course self-assessment against the Course Progression12m

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2 hours to complete

Developmental teaching of collaborative problem solving

In Week 4, Module 5, we discuss how individual and group differences can be managed in teaching CPS. We conduct interviews with a teacher, school leader and researcher on implementing the assessment and teaching of 21st century skills in schools. We also discuss, in interview format, the complexities of assessing sophisticated CPS skills using seemingly uncomplicated tasks. How can we assist students to develop their skills from their current level of social and cognitive CPS skill levels, to progress towards greater expertise? This week, too, you should begin work on your major course assignment. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
5.2 Individual and group differences8m
5.3 Interview: Patrick Griffin and Esther Care discuss CPS10m
5.4 Interview: A researcher’s perspective on teaching CPS14m
5.5 School Planning12m
Reading1 reading
Hints for Assignment 210m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 5: A case study of teaching CPS30m
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Top Reviews

By DVOct 6th 2016

An apt course for the 21st century schools & educators.\n\nThe instructors should be more interactive on twitter, after all that's what new learning is all about.\n\nKudos, the Aussie way!!

By KKNov 14th 2016

Let me heartily thank authors for the course. It was interesting and useful, and definitely I will use knowledge and experience from this course in my own practice.

Instructor

Patrick Griffin

Professor
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No teaching experience is necessary. An interest in and concern for schooling is all that is needed. We anticipate that practising teachers will find this class rewarding.

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