21st Century Learning Design

Educators should be designers of rich learning experiences. It is important to have skills in order to assess your own learning activities and it is equally important to be able to use a common language with colleagues about learning activities. Creating learning activities requires careful thought about the skills you want learners to gain. Educators should, as often as possible, scaffold 21st century skills within learning activities.  The following learning dimensions were identified by ITL Research conducted by SRI and sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning.

6 dimensions of learning activities
To learn more about each learning dimension and view the rubric, click on each dimension.

The learning activity’s main requirement IS knowledge construction AND the learning activity DOES require students to apply their knowledge in a new context AND the knowledge construction IS interdisciplinary. The activity DOES have learning goals in more than one subject.

Students DO have shared responsibility AND they DO make substantive decisions together about the content, process, or product of their work AND their work is interdependent.

Use of ICT for Learning
Students use ICT to support knowledge construction AND the ICT is required for constructing this knowledge AND students do create an ICT product for authentic users.

Real World Problem Solving and Innovation
The learning activity’s main requirement IS problem-solving AND the problem IS a real-world problem AND students DO innovate. They ARE required to implement their ideas in the real world.

Self Regulation
The learning activity IS long-term AND students DO have learning goals and associated success criteria in advance of completing their work AND students DO have the opportunity to plan their own work AND students DO have the opportunity to revise their work based on feedback.

Skilled Communication
Students ARE required to produce extended communication or multi-modal communication AND their work IS required to provide supporting evidence AND they are required to craft their communication for a particular audience.