Towards a 21st century personalised learning skills taxonomy

Ward, Rupert, Phillips, Oliver, Bowers, David, Crick, Tom, Davenport, James, Hanna, Paul, Hayes, Alan, Irons, Alastair and Prickett, Tom (2021) Towards a 21st century personalised learning skills taxonomy. In: Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON): Women in Engineering. IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) . IEEE, Piscataway, pp. 344-354. ISBN 9781728184784

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There exists a significant gap between the requirements specified within higher education qualifications and the requirements sought by employers. The former, commonly expressed in terms of learning outcomes, provide a measure of capability, of what skills have been learnt (an input measure); the latter, commonly expressed in terms of role descriptions, provide a measure of competency, of what a learner has become skillful in (an output measure). Accreditation traditionally provides a way of translating and embedding industry-relevant content into education programmes but current approaches make fully addressing this requirements gap, referred to here as the Capability-Competency Chasm, very difficult. This paper explores current efforts to address this global challenge, primarily through STEM examples that apply within the United Kingdom and European Union, before proposing a way of bridging this chasm through the use of a 21st Century (C21) skills taxonomy. The concept of C21 Skills Hours as a new input measurement for learning within qualifications is introduced, and an illustrative example is presented to show the C21 skills taxonomy in action. The paper concludes with a discussion of how such a taxonomy can also be used to support a microcredentialing framework that aligns to existing competency frameworks, enabling formal, non-formal and informal learning to all be recognized. A C21 Skills taxonomy can therefore be used to bridge the gap between capability (input) and competency (output), providing a common language both for learning and demonstrating a skill. This approach has profound implications for addressing current and future skills gaps as well as for supporting a transition to more personalised learning within schools, colleges and universities and more lifelong learning both during and outside of employment.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: EDUCON2021 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personalised Learning, Skills Taxonomy, Micro-credential, Framework, Accreditation
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
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Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2021 09:44
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:19

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