It is going to take creative collaboration to better equip college students to develop 21st century skills. My guest, Jeff Hittenberger, has worked in higher ed, K-12; in the U.S. and abroad; and as a teacher and as an administrator. His unique perspective helps us think about how to prepare our students in higher ed for tomorrow's challenges and opportunities.
Developing 21st Century Skills in Higher Ed
Inspiration from childhood in Haiti
Learned from experiences growing up in Haiti.
Most common response to the question: “What's up?”
“I'm on fire.”
Regardless of what kind of adversity you are facing, you are alive, and you have something to say.
21st Century Skills
What does higher education have to learn from what's happening in K-12, as we all work to develop 21st century skills?
Disconnect between higher ed and K-12
Communication that one might anticipate happening between these educational bodies doesn't happen. Can lead to gaps in students' educational experiences. 21st century skills gives us one way to talk about what we have in common.
4 competency areas, referred to as the 4Cs
Critical thinking and problem solving
Important for faculty to discover where there are differences in how they gauge critical thinking and develop ways to assess it in similar ways
“He who opens a school door closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo
How can we tap into the passions of our students and engage them?
How the increase in technological capabilities is changing our ability to collaborate
As parents of a college-age daughter, Jeff and his wife care more about who their daughter becomes as a person, in terms of her character, than they do about the knowledge she is gaining. Answering: “Who am I? Who am I becoming? What am I contributing to the world?”
Cheating Lessons, by James Lang (Bonni)