21st Century Skills: An Analysis of MOOCs for College Students By Dr. Manisha Digambarrao Asore and Dr. Jitendra Subhash Shinde



           In 2020, when we all were transforming our life systems while dealing with pandemic situation in the whole world, we experienced the uncertainty and change is a permanent catalyst for life. We have adopted many skills related with lifesaving habits to molding our learning and teaching at all levels with the help of online sources in the form of courses based on skill development related to 21st century skills.

         As mentioned, the pandemic had prepared us to be adaptive to change and to develop necessary skills with respect to our personal, educational, professional, social, economic and most important psychological needs. In this regard, even National Education Policy 2020 also focused on skill development and formulated a document by UGC related to ‘Curriculum and guidelines for Life Skill 2.0’. In this document, the UGC had mentioned four types of two credit courses for each module viz. communication skills, Career skills, Leadership and management skills and universal values etc.

              This paper aims to analyze the available MOOCs on SWAYAM and NPTEL platforms focused on the 21st century skills viz. critical thinking, creative thinking, digital literacy and other skills etc. for college students. It is revealed through the online review of the available courses that there are courses available on soft skills and communication skills only which means there is a wide scope for development of MOOCs on redefined life skills viz. digital literacy and cyber security, financial planning, time management, mindfulness etc.

Keywords: 21st century skills, MOOC, college students, life Skills

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