Adult Upskilling: Davidson College + edX for Lifelong Learning

Working with corporations and edX for Business, explore the creation of online learning offerings that meet the needs of individuals for social mobility as they "learn how to learn" and gain agency in a rapidly changing economy.


From the World Economic Forum report on the dire need for reskilling: "As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning if they are to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers. For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches to the future of work."


The WEF also notes that by 2020, the top 10 job skills needed are soft skills, not technical ones. Many align with the outcomes of a rigorous liberal arts education. They are:


Complex problem solving

Critical thinking


People management

Coordinating with others

Emotional intelligence (new)

Judgment and decision making

Service orientation


Cognitive flexibility (new)


How might Davidson contribute to social mobility and access beyond ages 18-22?






Idea No. 22