21st century learning design

K-12 Educator
School Leader
Office 365

21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) for Educators is a collection of eight modules. The learning path provides educators with clear and practical ways to develop 21st skills using digital technologies with their learners. 21st Century Learning Design for Educators builds on the research methodology providing a collaborative, practice-based process to help educators transform how they design enriching learning activities for their learners. The complete series of eight courses consists of videos, reading materials, rubrics for each dimension, and anchor lessons. Educators can actively participate by coding anchor lessons and redesigning their learning activities according to the 21CLD rubrics.

Learning objectives

  • Examine the 21st century skills learners need for life and work
  • Determine the purpose of 21st century learning design framework, rubrics, and decision trees
  • Explore the six 21CLD rubrics and decision trees
  • Examine Microsoft tools that support the six 21CLD dimensions
  • Design learning activities that focus on the six 21CLD dimensions



Modules in this learning path

Understand the concept of 21st century learning design. Explore learning in the 21st century and innovative teaching practices that support the development of 21st century skills.

This module introduces educators to the dimension of knowledge construction which helps learners build deep knowledge that they can transfer and apply in practice.

This module helps educators design learning activities for learners to develop collaboration skills. It introduces the levels of collaboration: sharing responsibility, making substantive decisions together, and working interdependently.

This module defines real-world problem solving for educators and explains the dimensions that must be present in such classroom activities to prepare learners with 21st century skills.

This module introduces the concept of skilled communication to educators and supports them in designing learning activities to help young people develop this important skill.

This module introduces the concept of self-regulation and teaches educators how to design learning activities to help learners develop this important skill.

This module highlights for educators the need to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to transform learning experiences and create and design new information and ICT products.

Implement 21st century skills and learning into classes using 21CLD for lesson design. Practical activities help educators reflect on their practice and that of other educators.