21st Century Skills and How Can Technology Help with the Gap (2015 WEF Industry Agenda Report)

Three kinds of skills described in the report:

  1. Foundational skills  – how students apply core skills to everyday tasks
  2. Competencies – how students approach complex challenges
  3. Character qualities – how students approach their changing environments

Among other issues, the report also discusses how technology can help reduce the skills gap. Worth reading and referencing in the process of innovating curricula.

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The 10 Most Important Skills for 2020

Another list, but this one has very interesting additions to what we’ve seen so far (the reason I am sharing!).

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The Skill:

■ Sense making
● Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
■ The Drivers: Rise of smart machines and systems
The Skill:
■ Social intelligence
● Ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
■ The Drivers: Rise of smart machines and systems, Globally connected world
The Skill:
■ Novel and adaptive thinking
● Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
■ The Drivers: Rise of smart machines and systems, Globally connected world
The Skill:
■ Cross cultural competency
● Ability to operate in different cultural settings
■ The Drivers: Superstructed organizations, Globally connected world
The Skill:
■ Computational thinking
● Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data based reasoning
■ The Drivers: New media ecology, Computational world
The Skill:
■ New Media Literacy
● Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
■ The Drivers: Extreme longevity, New media ecology, Superstructed organizations
The Skill:
■ Transdisciplinary
● Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
■ The Drivers: Extreme longevity, Computational world
The Skill:
■ Design Mindset
● Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
■ The Drivers: Superstructed organizations, Computational world
The Skill:
■ Cognitive load management
● Ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functions
■ The Drivers: Superstructed organizations, Computational world, New media ecology
The Skill:
■ Virtual collaboration
● Ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
■ The Drivers: Superstructed organizations, Globally connected world



5 Powerful Career Drivers for the Future of Work (Forbes)

In addition to the old (and still critical) work requirements of mastery (education and experience), talent, work ethic, character, intelligence and flexibility, this article highlights additional requirements that are needed today:  connectedness, communication, and collaboration. A must read by those in the workforce as well as in academia (for these 5 drivers need to be developed in the future generation of workers who are in universities now!).