Project-Based Learning, Improv, and 21st Century Skills


“Humans are hardwired for learning by doing.” 
James Wilson 

Hello, faculty,

Welcome to the mid-semester! Our newsletter contains several articles, podcasts, and videos about incorporating activities into your courses to promote the practical application of 21st-century “Soft Skills”. We hope you enjoy and find this information useful. Also, Instructional Development is happy to meet and discuss how to connect creative activities to your course(s), content, and goals. Brainstorming is kind of our favorite thing to do. 

-The ID Team
CITS | Instructional Development

The WHY, Who How and YOU Project-based learning, Improv, and 21st Century skills.

21st-century skills also referred to as “Soft Skills” are becoming increasingly important in the success of college graduates. The four Cs of 21st-century learning, known as Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity are core skills that employers are seeking when hiring college graduates. These skills including other core competencies are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as fundamental life skills and include:

  • decision-making and problem-solving,
  • creative thinking and critical thinking,
  • communication and interpersonal skills,
  • self-awareness and empathy,
  • and coping with emotions and stress.

By incorporating group-based projects known as project-based learning (PBL), real-world scenarios learned through improvisation, and other creative activities, instructors can prepare their students for success in their content and in the skills to succeed in life.


🎧Listen to Podcast: Interactive Theatre Enters the Classroom


🎧Listen to Podcast: Team-Based Learning


🎧Listen to Podcast: Choose Your Own Adventure Assessments


🎧Listen to Podcast: Developing 21st Century Skills

Best Of: Using Skills From Improv to Master Your In-The-Moment Communication🎧Listen to the Podcast:
Best Of: Using Skills From Improv to Master Your In-The-Moment Communication 

Supportive sources

"" The 21st Century Skills Today’s Graduates Need to Succeed

Collegis Education

"" Engaging Students in STEM with Problem-Based Learning

PBL Projects, New England Board of Education

"" Project-Based Learning

Graduate School of Education, Harvard

"" Using Improv to Unite Your Team

Harvard Business Review

"" Academic Success Tip: Use Improve to Teach Communication Skills

Inside Higher Ed

"" Improv in the College Classroom

Inside Higher Ed

Instructional Development works with faculty to…

  • Explore, design, and experiment with different teaching and learning modes.
  • Research and integrate technologies that can enhance teaching and learning.
  • Design and develop online courses and programs.
  • Write learning outcomes, design assessments, craft activities, and develop content.
  • Utilize best practices for using instructional technologies.

Feel free to contact us online to book an appointment!