Foundational Skills for Higher Education

Now more than ever it is important for college graduates to be career-ready as they transition from academia to the dynamic world of work. While foundational skills such as critical thinking, communication, and teamwork are called out as essential skills by employers, they are often inconsistently developed and measured in higher ed.


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Developed by educators, instructional designers, and subject matter experts, NimblyWise offers high quality e-learning instructional content to teach and measure key foundational skills all in one easy-to-use platform. We’ll also provide faculty with the resources they need to align foundational skill development with specific classroom instruction, and give them the freedom to focus on their discipline rather than skills remediation.

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Information literacy is an essential, transferable skill that students need to successfully navigate personal decisions, their academic careers, and workplace challenges. The amount of information available online and in print is increasingly overwhelming. With information literacy skills, students will be able to navigate the complex information landscape to solve problems and make informed decisions. The information literate individual is able to identify their information need; access, search for, and evaluate the relevant information; and share their findings responsibly.

Why Information Literacy Matters

  • Types of Sources
  • Understanding Scholarly Material
  • Search Techniques and Tools Information Management
  • Preservation and Ethical Management of Data
  • Why Citations Matter
  • APA, MLA, Turabian Citations
  • Other Citation Styles
  • Academic Integrity
  • Legal Issues

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Critical thinking is the process of exploration, evaluation, and presentation. Curiosity is central to the critical thinking process, encouraging students to ask questions, seek out answers, cultivate healthy skepticism, and develop an analytical mind. Critical thinking builds upon students’ information literacy skills, introducing analysis and the importance of informed, evidence-based decision making.

Why Thinking Matters

  • Framing a Problem
  • Research Methodology and Plan
  • Search Strategy
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Purpose and Value of Evidence
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Taking a Position

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Arriving at a logical conclusion requires open mindedness, observation, reflection, analysis, persistence, and selfawareness. Logical reasoning skills build off of student’s knowledge of critical thinking and information literacy practice to apply logic and reasoning to their academic research, work, and everyday life. Without logical reasoning skills, individuals may arrive at invalid conclusions, make false claims, or fail to solve problems.

Why Logic & Reasoning Matters

  • Inquiry
  • Bias and Assumption
  • Evidence-Based Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Fallacies and Problems in Logical Reasoning
  • Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning
  • Visualizing, Evaluating and Interpreting Data
  • Financial Literacy

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Communication is at the heart of human interactions. Without written, verbal, and visual communication skills, students would have limited success achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals. Effective communication is critical to the success of individuals, teams, and organizations and draws upon sub-skills such as organization, analysis, responsible information use, self-awareness, confidence, and creativity.

Why Communication Matters

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Sources of Communication
  • Academic Writing
  • Information Production and Sharing
  • Introduction to Visual Literacy
  • Using Images
  • Understanding Visual Information
  • Teamwork

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Global- and civic-minded individuals are able to broaden their world view to analyze the cultural and civic issues around them. Developing an understanding of culture, civic responsibility, and ethics helps students build their identity as conscientious members of society. Global and civic awareness integrates related skills such as effective communication, logical reasoning, empathy, open mindedness, and self-reflection.

Why Culture & Citizenship Matters

  • Introduction to Cultural Issues
  • Global Citizenship
  • Civic Engagement
  • Civic Action and Communication
  • Ethics

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Assessment Management

Through skills tagging and robust data analytics, NimblyWise gives you a holistic view of each student, no matter where they are in their academic journey. This enables your institution to have continuous instructional improvement.

Student Intentionality

Through reflection activities, students are able to be more intentional in their skill development. They are better able to see the connections between the skills they are developing as a student in all learning experiences and how those skills impact their career readiness.

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Employers who say critical thinking, clear communication, problem solving are more important than their major.
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Students who feel they will graduate with the skills needed to be successful in the workplace.
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Employers who think students are job ready in any of these foundational skill areas at graduation.

Where Can NimblyWise Improve Foundational Skills at your Institution?

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