I attended the Collaboration series that was offered through FLVS. This four part series covered essentially everything you need to know about collaborative extensions in courses. Though the focus was for instructional personal I walked away with a much boarder understanding of the entire process and tools available.
What was very beneficial was to sit in on the discussions that the educators had at the end of each session. During this Q/A I was able to gleam ideas and strategies that have and have not worked in our courses - all valuable information.
By having this broad overview I will be able to critically evaluate the activities being suggested and was able to offer up a few suggestions to make them clearer for the students.
As we prepare students for the future, we must think carefully about what constitutes a solid education, including full and rigorous content and the full mastery of a wide range of skills for applying that content to real-world situations.
Students not only need to learn foundational skills, but also of a set of competencies that will enable them to adapt to an ever-changing work and learning environments/experiences.
21st Century Skills provides a view of teaching and learning that provides students with skills needed to succeed in our increasing digital word a world of the 21st century. The essence of the skills includes collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation and critical thinking. These skills mean much more than using and applying technology.
Mastery of technology is one aspect of a 21st century education, and an important learning tool if utilized properly; however, the real world learning elements is what will equip students with the skills to thrive in jobs or careers of the future.
To use these tools effectives means to present the student with complex real-world problem-solving activities and projects where there is no set path to the answer. Not only does this make it challenging for the student it is quite challenging to create these types of actives.
As I move forward into new courses and or mini-projects the awareness of these skills and their purpose provides me with a different lens in which to view how we are engaging our students and ultimately the goal of that engagement.