2011 – the Hidden Curriculum

I posed the question in a recent training: Going beyond the syllabus – what skills or qualities do you consider Essential to students in the next decade to succeed in life and business?
Some great responses and quite a list:

    • Problem solving skills – managers do not have the time or want to hand hold their employees
    • Sound decision-making skills -the ability to research and make a sound decision based upon data and not emotions
    • Diversity awareness and sensitivity – in a global economy there is a great need to work effectively with people from different backgrounds
    • Conflict resolution skills – the ability to resolve conflicts without destroying a relationship is key to being an effective contributor
    • Interpersonal skills – at the end of the day, no one wants to work with someone who has poor interpersonal skills even if they are strong in their field
    • Time management skills – the ability to multi-task, manage workloads and meet deadlines are important skill sets
    • Clear and concise communication – with the volume of emails, employees need to be able to construct an email or communicate verbally in a clear and concise manner
    • Take responsibility for your own performance and be a lifelong learner – In my opinion, this statement speaks for itself. To be a teachable person is key to success
    • Act Ethically – there are too many business situations where employees did not act ethically and the impact to society has been devastating

Interesting to compare this to the recent list produced in the Institute of the Future (2020) report from the University of Phoenix Research Institute:

  • Sense-Making – ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
  • Social Intelligence – ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
  • Novel and Adaptive Thinking – proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
  • Cross-Cultural Competency – ability to operate in different cultural settings
  • Computational Thinking – ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
  • New-Media Literacy – ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
  • Transdiciplinarity – literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
  • Design Mindset – ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
  • Cognitive Load Management – ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Virtual Collaboration – ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

And that’s ON TOP of discipline-specific Learning Outcomes and Gen Ed requirements – we ask a lot !!


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