ICT and 21st Century Skills: Is Screen-Sharing Worth Sharing?

Sandra Dettmer

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Business Campus, High Street, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1NE; sandra.dettmer@uwtsd.ac.uk

24th March 2016

Abstract

In an information based economy, the employer’s demand for so called 21st century skills such as communication skills, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving capacity is indisputable. The development of such crucial skills should therefore be imbedded in all lectures and tutorials. With the growing advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) it has been widely recognised that ICT has the potential to transform teaching and learning and the application of laptops in the lecture room is inevitable. The acceptance of an increased use of laptops by students in University has been discussed by various papers and there is valid evidence to support opinions for both, ignorance and structured or unstructured implementation. However, it has often been ignored how educational practices need to chance as a result of an increased use of ICT in the lecture room. The benefits of ICT can only be exploited, if the lecturer knows how to implement it in a meaningful way. So far, there has been no or little effort to adopt or design the didactical practice to take advantage of the new technology. This paper intends to add to previous research on the acceptance of technology with a focus on the perceived adequacy in nurturing 21st century skills. The case study describes how the screen sharing technology Extron Share Link has been implemented in the knowledge creation process during an economic lesson and discusses its benefits towards the delivery of the above mentioned soft skills.