Learning and Innovation Skills


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Creativity and Innovation


Think Creatively

  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts

Work Creatively with Others

  • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

Implement Innovations

  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur
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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


Reason Effectively

  • Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

Use Systems Thinking

  • Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems

Make Judgements and Decisions

  • Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs  
  • Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view  
  • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments. Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis  
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes

Solve Problems

  • Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways  
  • Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
Communication Badge


  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts  
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions  Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact  Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
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Collaborate with Others

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal


Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2009). Framework for 21st Century Learning.