DEEP LEARNING: An Education/Business
In 2012 education thought leaders and business representatives from Intel, Microsoft, OECD and Promethean convened in Toronto. They laid out a vision for a global partnership that would seek to collaboratively build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and support whole system transformation. Five years later, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership (NPDL) has been joined by "seven country clusters... bringing with them hundreds of schools, thousands of teachers, and hundreds of thousands of students from around the world."
NPDL works alongside educators to empower all teachers and students to flourish. "Digital is changing the role of teachers to that of activators of learning who design learning experiences that build on learner strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life relevant problem solving, and help all students identify their talents, purpose and passion."
The Global Partnership has identified 6 Deep Learning Competencies they refer to as the 6 C's. In order to flourish in today's complex world, students need to achieve and excel in these skill sets:
- Critical Thinking - Critically evaluating information and arguments, seeing patterns and connections, constructing meaningful knowledge, and applying it in the real world;
- Creativity - Having an "entrepreneurial eye" for economic and social opportunities, asking the right inquiry questions to generate novel ideas, and leadership to pursue those ideas and turn them into action.
- Character - Learning to deep learn, armed with the essential character traits of grit, tenacity, perseverance, and resilience; and the ability to make learning an integral part of living;
- Citizenship - Thinking like global citizens, considering global issues based on a deep understanding of diverse values and worldviews, and with a genuine interest and ability to solve ambiguous and complex real-world problems that impact human and environmental sustainability;
- Collaboration - Working interdependently and synergistically in teams with strong interpersonal and team-related skills including effective management of team dynamics and challenges, making substantive decisions together, and learning from and contributing to the learning of others;
- Communication - Communicating effectively with a variety of styles, modes, and tools (including digital tools) tailored for a range of audiences.
Schools in the project who have embedded the 6 C's into everyday classroom life have found success in developing a culture of creativity, innovation, and reflection.