keeping nscc students in mind

Today, I met with my mentor, Antonia, to discuss the 2016 NSCC Fall Student Success Survey, which was delivered to students in the fall. We discussed some of the data in the survey that supports the 21st century and digitial skills research I am completing. I plan to review the survey results in light of my research.

Antonia also suggested I get in touch with NSCC staff who are delivering the Educause survey related to technology, which was just sent out to selected students and faculty. I also plan to review the Educause research as a whole.


Yesterday, I also chatted with Darlene, another of my mentors, about physical literacy, terminology which continues to turn up in my research on 21st century workplace skills. Physical literacy, as defined by Physical and Health Education Canada, is:

“Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person (PHE Canada, 2010). 

Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement. They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.”

While this literacy doesn’t fall within the standard 21st century skills I am researching, it is an important consideration in having a workforce which is healthy and working at its optimal level. Darlene’s practice of incorporating healthy living into her curriculum is important in ensuring the next generation of employees has this workplace skill.


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