University of Melbourne Magazine

Testing 21st Century Skills

  • Students in school classrooms today have been born into a world where devices, software and interfaces are in a constant state of advancement and change. How can teachers tell if their students have acquired the skills they’ll need to collaborate with others and connect through technology in the real world? Rather than chasing the tail of technological progress, teachers can impart a set of skills that will help students to navigate their 21st century environment.

    These skills fall into four broad categories:

    • Ways of thinking; creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
    • Ways of working; communication and collaboration
    • Tools for working; information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
    • Skills for living in the real world; Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility
    • Look at one way of assessing and teaching these skills though a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC.


    Register for the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills MOOC by visiting:

    The MOOC will begin on 30 June 2014 and will run for five weeks.