VirtualMV/Digital Learning Technologies/Overview/21st C Teaching

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Features of 21 Century Teaching

Cartoon of a tutor with all the multimedia delivery tools
  • Traditionally - text book based, slow, library based books
  • New - Forums, wikipedia (includes authenticity issues)
  • Problems with us - students can know - or quickly find out - more than we know - while we are teaching!
  • Global (e.g. When asked a question some female Asian students will turn to their neighbour discuss the question, and may feed answer back.
  • Need to be activity based and have lots of variety
  • Need to give student skills to search and filter information
  • Need to be interactive with students

Skills to be a 21st Century educator

  1. Blogging
  2. Social Media
  3. Interclassroom communication
  4. Cultural literacy
  5. Socratic seminar
  6. Community engagement
  7. Information literacy
  8. Networking
  9. Computers

Activities to engage learners

Corich (2008)[2] suggested the following activities can be considered to engage a variety of learning styles from the different generational groups

  • Using visual metaphors
  • Provide materials specific to each group
  • Using language appropriate to each group
  • Varying delivery methods
  • Using graphics in support materials
  • Provide items of intellectual interest for mature students
  • Adding audio to online presentations
  • Supply materials in different formats (paper, electronic, audio, visual)
  • Provide formative assessment opportunities
  • Allow students to work at their own pace
  • Try to make materials interactive
  • Provide opportunities for web based research
  • Incorporate online learning activities
  • Add extra materials such as online crosswords and quizzes
  • Increase the use of group work
  • Use Internet to create research activities based

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  1. 9 New Skills You Need To be a 21st Century Educator. (2011, Aug) Retrieved from
  2. Corich, S. (2008) Developing strategies to deal with the multiple generational groupings within the tertiary classroom. pp. 201-207. Retrieved from

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