21st Century Learning Design

21st Century Learning Design, formerly called ‘LEAP21’ is a global professional development program for teachers and schools to develop more innovative pedagogies that develop students skills for the 21st Century. The program is sponsored globally by Microsoft Partners in Learning and is supported in each country by a network of education partners.

See the 21st Century Learning Design workshop in South Africa

ITL 21st Century Learning Design Program

21st Century Learning Design is based on the way ITL Research studies and measures innovative teaching practices. 21st Century Learning Design asks teachers and school leaders to

  • Analyze and 'code' learning activities to see how deeply they integrate 21st century skills
  • Collaborate in designing new learning activities that provide deeper 21st century skills development
  • Examine the impact of these learning activities on students' work
  • Use ICT as part of the process

21st Century Learning Design works like this:

  • Teachers review the 21CLD rubrics that define each 21st century skill (e.g. 'problem solving');
  • Then they analyze and code an existing learning activity (lesson) according to one rubric (for example, does a science project on cell structure score a 2 or a 4 on the "problem solving" rubric?);
  • They review student work done as a response to the lesson and code it;
  • Then they refine the lesson to have a higher score on the problem solving rubric – providing students with more in-depth opportunities to develop this skill.
  • They follow this same process across many different rubrics, lessons and student work products.

Teachers who go through this process say it gives them a clear and practical way to integrate 21st century skills in their own teaching. 21st Century Learning Design requires that educators be active and engaged knowledge-builders, adopting and using the very skills they are seeking to instill in their students: collaboration, knowledge-building, self-regulation and assessment (or learning to learn) and use of technology for learning. Through the program, teachers become learners of their own teaching practices by studying the impact of their teaching on students.

New 21st Century Learning Design Rubrics for Learning Activities and Student Work
ITL Research and Microsoft Partners in Learning have developed a revised set of rubrics based on international feedback. These new 21CLD rubrics for Learning Activities and Student Work have been put under Creative Common license globally, so that they can be freely used, republished, and re-mixed to adapt them to local contexts, curriculums and pedagogical cultures.
Icon 21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics - 2012

21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics

Icon 21CLD Student Work Rubrics - 2012

21CLD Student Work Rubrics

Innovative Teaching and Learning Research in Koulumestari School, Espoo, Finland

Photos of 21st Century Learning Design Workshops in Brunei and Senegal

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