Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson

US State Department, English language specialist



Most educators agree that 21st century skills are essential to students’ success in academic and professional life, and many institutions state a commitment to helping students develop skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. However, one obstacle to truly integrating learning experiences that help students develop these skills is assessment. Putting a number on the extent to which a learner has grown in terms of intangible qualities such as creativity is a particular challenge. This session will explore strategies for teachers and leaders to fairly and accurately assess 21st century skills.

How can we assess the 21st century skills?


Pamela Johnson is a dynamic corporate and academic professional with 10 years of experience in higher education, focusing on curriculum design, technology integration, and faculty professional development. Designed and delivered professional development sessions and courses across the Middle East, online and in person. Skilled in developing and leading faculty training programs, teaching English language and academic skills to a diverse range of students. Talented communicator with expertise in engaging presentations. Successful in using technology to create effective learning experiences.

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  1. Great presentation!
    Pointed out some advantages and serious shortcomings of the 21st century teaching skills and processes.
    Good list of tips for activities with students.

    thank you!

  2. Thank you for food for thought. So many things to take into consideration and try out on the road to implementing 21stcentury skills. One of the first things could be encouraging people not to be hesitant when faced with (positive) changes. It’s never easy – or to use Mandela’s quote “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” A lot of great examples and ideas to be incorporated in teaching, in any educational environment.

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