KCELT’s Vision Statement:
To help faculty invent, develop, and deliver 21st Century Learning solutions
What is 21st Century Learning?
We at KCELT have been attempting to answer this question for the past year. It was not until recently, when we came upon an article published in the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, that we found an answer that meets the needs of Kirkwood Community College. The article is free to access online at http://punya.educ.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/JDLTE-29-4-127-Ker.pdf
The figure above is a visual synopsis of this article, and KCELT will be using these concepts to better clarify our vision and to better organize our professional development opportunities and blog posts. To best interpret this figure, we would like Kirkwood Community College faculty to consider the following questions:
- What is the relationship between your subject area and these 21st Century learning outcomes? Is there one or two that your course or courses emphasize over the others?
- How would you assess yourself as teacher as learner? For example, if your learners need to improve their digital and information literacy, are you digitally literate enough yourself to help them?
This figure and the article it is from help teachers and learners to identify their own strengths and weaknesses. There are many departments within and beyond Kirkwood where faculty can go to develop the skills to address 21st Century Learning needs. For core content knowledge, one’s own department should serve as a good resource. Beyond that, KCELT provides consulting, instructional coaching, and institutes and initiatives around the other eight areas. If you find an area that you would like KCELT to provide one of the services, please let us know.
To better provide examples of how KCELT works to provide services, the blog has been reorganized to reflect our vision statement and 21st Century Learning:
- Core Content Knowledge – seek help from your department and professional organizations in your subject area
- Cross-disciplinary Knowledge – KCELT’s core area: providing learning solutions across the curriculum
- Digital & Information Literacy – Library Services also provides learning opportunities here
- Problem Solving & Critical Thinking – teaching these skills as well as being critically-minded about teaching trends
- Communication & Collaboration – collaborative learning and improving faculty communication
- Creativity & Innovation – teachers & students becoming creative and innovative with technology and pedagogy
- Life Skills, Job Skills, & Leadership – helping students develop these skills in addition to helping faculty coordinate a stronger work-life balance
- Cultural Competence – teachers & students becoming more culturally aware, sensitive, and competent
- Ethical & Emotional Awareness – bringing the human side to teaching & learning