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Future-Proof Education

What skills should we be teaching to future-proof an education? This is a blog post from Maria H. Andersen trying to answer this question, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


What skills should we be teaching to future-proof an education?

Some time last year I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on what skills we could be focusing on in higher education to “future-proof” a degree.  What skills will stay relevant no matter what future careers look like?  There are two frameworks used and endorsed in K-12 education: Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Equipped for the Future.

I felt that the lists not quite right for adults that are returning or seeking an education.  Here is the list that I developed, and a link to the Prezi that includes many video resources that correspond with the skills.


  • Manage your information stream
  • Pay attention to details
  • Remember (when you need to)
  • Observe critically
  • Read with understanding
  • Set and meet goals


  • Media literacy (determine and create the right media for the job)
  • Present ideas digitally
  • Design for the audience
  • Depict data visually
  • Convey ideas in text
  • Speak so that others understand


  • Advocate and influence
  • Resolve conflict and negotiate
  • Collaborate (F2F or virtually)
  • Guide others
  • Lead


  • Interpret data
  • Make decisions
  • Think critically
  • Solve problems
  • Forecast
  • Filter information


  • Think across disciplines
  • Think across cultures
  • Innovate
  • Adapt to new situations
  • See others’ perspectives
  • Be creative


  • Formulate a learning plan
  • Synthesize the Details
  • Information Literacy
  • Formulate good questions
  • Reflect and evaluate
  • Know what you know

And this is the link to the video explaining the view points here.

Future-Proof Your Education on Prezi (click through to watch the presentation, or visit here)

What do you think?  Did I miss anything important?


traditional education, future proof education

This clipart comes from Clipart ETC which is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse; it shows the audience in university of fifteenth century. Now it’s twenty first century, does the current teaching style look different with it ?

The following link to the questions from The Innovative Educator (Lisa Nielsen) is highly recommendated for educators or parents , because that’s how to place your child(ren) in the center of their learning.

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