4 Competencies (4Cs)

Through PBL, students develop the 4 competencies (4Cs) of Creativity/Innovation, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and 

Communication. (These skills may also be referred to as 21st Century Skills or Success Skills.)  The 4Cs are highly valued in the 

workplace and explicitly taught, practiced, and assessed throughout a PBL experience. 


When planning a PBL experience, keep in mind:
  1. Students don't develop these skills if they aren't given opportunities to do so.  PBL is one of the best ways to teach the 4Cs.
  2. The 4Cs need to be TAUGHT.  Students can get better at them if they see them modeled, talk about what they mean, and practice them.
  3. These competencies need to be formatively and summatively ASSESSED.  As with any other learning, students will grow the most when they are given feedback and provided opportunities to improve.

For examples of how the 4Cs fit into PBL, check out this video:

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