In a previous post, I talked about the layers around learning design. One of the layers that’s increasingly interesting to me is the notion of the success skills, or meta-skills that are involved. For example, the SCANS competencies are a decent suite of skills that recognize the general skills for success that cross different disciplines.
However, you really can’t focus on such skills in isolation. Like most meta-skills, they need to be applied in a domain. As a consequence, they really need to be worked on while developing some other skills. That is, when you’re developing a curriculum, you have opportunities to require using those skills, but they need to be explicitly included and better yet, assessed.