Learning Outcomes

Four Life-Long Skills Taught, Assessed, and Reported in WTS

What will students learn to do?

Throughout this course, WTS learners track and reflect on their progress as they learn how to:

  • Manage their growth as independent and team-based learners.
  • Be strategic and empathic change agents.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to understand and be understood.
  • Share the stories of their most valuable unexpected learning.

What content will students learn?

WTS students learn the content knowledge (vocabulary/terminology) associated with:

  • the topic they pursue;
  • the art of storytelling;
  • making multimodal narratives;
  • systems and change theory;
  • learning in a digital ecosystem;
  • teamwork.

What will students come to understand?

Throughout the course, learners will revisit these big ideas:

  • We are smartest when we work together toward a common cause.
  • Storytelling is one of the oldest, most effective, and valuable ways to communicate and persuade.
  • Successful change agents seek to understand issues in all of their complexity to become clear about purpose, audience, stakes, and strategy.
  • Learning (and effecting positive change) requires risk-taking, mistake making, timely feedback, and perseverance.
  • Learning works best when learners pursue their most pressing questions in a supportive, collaborative, and resource-rich setting.