From Tools to Skills

Switch the focus from mastering tools to mastering transferable skills.


“In the 21st Century, we need all of the skills that have marked humankind as the creators and sustainers of culture, the innovators of technologies, and the designers of ways of living and governing.  These skills, which are more crucial now than ever before, include “critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, self-direction, leadership, adaptability, responsibility [and] global awareness” (Walser, 2008, p.2).  To this list, I add the significant skill of inquiry.” – John Barell 

Mount Alvernia embraces a pedagogy modelled on inquiry-based learning and to that end, it is important that we practice what we preach.  We can’t promote a skills focussed inquiry pedagogy if we are only focussed on the latest ‘tool’.  Instead, we should be focussing on 21st century skills that are transferable across any tool.

Why It’s Time To Focus On Skills (Not Just Cool Tools)


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