Encouraging University-wide Adoption of 21st Century Skills Learning and Assessment

Encouraging University-wide Adoption of 21st Century Skills Learning and Assessment

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Encouraging University-wide Adoption of 21st Century Skills Learning and Assessment

Lecturers have found increasing number of freshmen unprepared for university learning. The issues range from time management to metacognition, from communication skills to information literacy. Today’,s world characterized by virtual omnipresence of Internet and handheld/wearable gadgets doubtless creates its own challenges. How can universities address these and help students be ready for their university years and beyond?This paper aims to share some thoughts and experience, with emphases in the need for (1) academic leaders to promote and facilitate wider change beyond particular classrooms by (2) enabling all lecturers, regardless of their subject, to be models who enforce and assess acquisition of these skills in their students.This paper argues that these disruptions are so sweeping that it’,s more effective that academic leaders lead the initiatives to address it. This is particularly important in settings where many lecturers don’,t have pedagogical training. Faculty meetings can be fine-tuned to become meeting-cum-workshop which serves as in-service professional development. Professional learning would then be tightly connected with beneficial real-world reflection for everyone. The tangible outcomes can be as simple as integrated scoring rubrics which encourage both lecturers and students to strive toward common goals encompassing both hard- and soft-skills relevant for 21st century learning.Keywords: assessment, scoring rubric, in-service professional development, university readiness.

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