Tool 5.3 – Partners in Learning Rubrics for 21C Learning Activity Design

This final tool, which has been included within the toolkit, is intended to help further develop and refine the Learning Activities you may already have designed and tested in the classroom, with a particular emphasis on 21st Century Learning Design.

The Partners in Learning (PiL) Rubrics were created within the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project.

The rubrics provide a way of analysing and understanding Learning Activities by using a number of questions to ensure that 21st Century Skills are embedded. The video below provides an explanation of their use by Deirdre Butler (Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Dublin City University with responsibility for designing and co-ordinating learning programs).

To understand the rubrics take a look at this simple guide (.pdf).

There are six rubrics of 21st Century Learning covering the important skills of:

  • collaboration
  • knowledge construction
  • self-regulation
  • real-world problem-solving and innovation
  • the use of ICT for learning
  • skilled communication

They can simple be used to look at a learning activity and decide to what extent it supports each of the 21st century still. An activity be given a score from 1-4 or 5 depending on the skill. So for collaboration, an activity is given a score of just 1, if students are required to work in groups or pairs (limited collaboration), but a score of 5 if students work is interdependent.  So the rubrics can be used to help improve Learning Activities, by including the features at the higher scoring levels.

Full detail of the rubrics can be found in this document (.pdf).

Microsoft, who were involved in the development of the PiL rubrics, have published a Windows 8 app which can be used for assessing a Learning Activity to identify its level.