21st Century learning Design

Students around the world need advanced skills to succeed in the globalised, knowledge based world of today. 21st Century Learning Design, or 21CLD, professional development helps teachers redesign their existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. The program is based on rubrics developed and tested internationally for the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project.

21st Century Learning Design

The 21CLD rubrics help educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities give students to build 21st century skills. A learning activity is any task that students do as part of their school related work. It can be an exercise that students complete in one class period or an extended project that takes place both in and outside of school. The 21CLD rubrics incorporate a research-based methodology for coding learning activities to ensure you are embedding 21st century skills in your teaching practices. The 21CLD Rubric for Student Work provides a framework to assess students’ development of 21st century skills.

21CLD training brings teachers through a method of reflecting on their own lesson plans to evaluate how and if they can be improved to encourage: - Knowledge Construction - Collaboration - Use of ICT - Self Regulation - Real World Problem Solving - Skilled Communication

21 Century Learning Design helps educators who know their content and effective instructional strategies to produce higher achievement outcomes among their students.

21st Century Learning Design workshops are highly interactive and learner-centered where educators work together to learn how to:

  • Analyze and 'code' learning activities to see how deeply they integrate 21st century skills
  • Collaborate in designing new learning activities that provide deeper 21st century skills development
  • Examine the impact of these learning activities on students' work
  • Use ICT as part of the learning process

Teachers who go through this process say it gives them a clear and practical way to integrate 21st century skills in their own teaching. The workshops require that educators:

  • Be active and engaged knowledge-builders
  • Adopt, model and use the skills they are seeking to instill in their students
  • Become learners of their own teaching practices by studying the impact of their teaching on students