Learning for the 21st Century

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Education has changed, there is no doubt, and is constantly changing in response to significant socio-economic and technological changes, and the huge amount of information and knowledge being generated and shared digitally. How we offer education in the 21st Century has been a response to a complex and dynamic world.

Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert (2012) researched future thinking in education. The executive summary outlines their project and findings for Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective. Although this relates to the school sector, the key points also relate to the tertiary sector. For example:

  • personalising learning;
  • educating for diversity and success for all learners;
  • building learning capacity;
  • reconceptualising the roles and responsibilities of teachers and students;
  • engaging in continuous professional learning; and
  • developing partnerships with their communities (p.10).

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How do you define 21st century learning?
  • Write a definition of 21st century learning (no more than 50 words), and add this to your ePortfolio.


Extra resources

An additional useful resource that can help to enrich your understanding of 21st century learning is a Slideshare presentation by Cofino (2009).