Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

Various authors, University of Melbourne, Jun 10, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to a call to action released in January at the Learning and Technology World Forum in London, there is a large gap between current assessment processes, usually involving high-stakes testing, and the skills actually taught and needed by graduates. "While people contemporary business work with others and use subject knowledge and a variety of technological tools and resources to analyze and solve complex, ill-structured problems or to create products for authentic audiences, students taking traditional exams do so without access to other people or resources and are, in the main, required to recall facts or apply simple procedures to pre-structured problems within a single school subject." The ACTS project seeks to define those skills and related assessments. Via press release.
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