Skills-Focused Curriculum

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Our approach to curriculum design is skills-based for industry relevance, structured for skill transfer across courses and disciplines, and integrated for deep learner engagement.

Custom Skills Taxonomies

We create custom skills taxonomies so every course incorporates the intended learning outcomes.

We help you define a hierarchy of learning outcomes, including high-level competencies such as critical thinking, sub-competencies like data analysis, and specific, teachable, and measurable skills and learning outcomes. For example, techniques for identifying high- and low-quality sources of data can be taught, practiced, and assessed. We then ensure that these granular skills are woven throughout the curriculum, so every class, course, and course sequence incorporates the intended learning outcomes.

Example Skills Taxonomy

Select each competency to see related sub-competencies and specific learning outcomes.

Durable vs. Disciplinary Skills

Interdisciplinary Program Architectures

We construct program architectures that intentionally interweave durable, transferable skills across courses and disciplines.

The programs we help you design are deliberately structured to cut across disciplinary boundaries, introducing your learners to durable, transferable skills and continually reinforcing them over time — and across different courses — then requiring learners to practice them in new situations. By building the curriculum in this manner, we help your instructors focus on skill development rather than information dissemination.

Promoting Knowledge Transfer Across Disciplines
Promoting knowledge transfer across disciplines
Emphasizing Interdisciplinary Skills Over Content

All Minerva curricula are designed to support both our partners’ objectives and their learner populations. 

By emphasizing skills instead of content, Minerva embraces the subject-matter expertise of our partners, while focusing on competencies that cut across specific disciplines. We intentionally structure curricula to foster knowledge transfer, so learners gain practical abilities that can be applied in numerous contexts.

Integrated Learning Experiences

We integrate asynchronous, synchronous, and experiential learning to connect learning outcomes with real-world experience.

Our learning innovation team works with your curriculum designers to connect all aspects of each course, from pre-class readings and recorded lectures to in-class activities to assignments, projects, and on-site experiences. By integrating academic learning with experiential engagements, such as field research, community projects, and employer work-study programs, your courses enable learners to apply their skills in diverse contexts. Designing and connecting learning experiences across modalities elevates the learning journey and enables knowledge transfer.

An Integrated Learning Experience Across Modalities
Learning outcomes across modalities
Connecting Learning Experiences for Spaced Practice and Knowledge Transfer
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Redefining Experiential Learning: How Universities Can Deliver an Integrated Curriculum

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Teaching Durable Skills: How Universities Can Intentionally Build Critical Competencies

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