21st Century Skills and eLearning

Which century do you want to prepare your learners for: the 1900s, or the 2000s? The answer may seem obvious, but that’s not readily apparent in the eLearning we design. Many of our curricula reflect what we used to value in the workplace: mastery of domain knowledge. In the past, companies needed people who could crunch the numbers with a calculator to get the right answer or who had memorized how to assemble parts.

Now that we have workstations, robots, and AI that can do those things for us, there is less demand for employees to rigidly implement a single solution for a problem in the workspace. Instead, there is demand for what have been called 21st century skills. You can remember these by The Four C’s:

Critical thinking Communication Collaboration Creativity

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