Nowadays interpersonal skills and personal characteristics have more and more effect on the employability of our graduates. Due to this, more attention should be devoted to the development and assessment of these so-called soft skills. To tackle this challenge, we propose CPD activities aimed to help teachers to recognize and develop soft skills in their courses.
Teaching and developing soft skills
To adapt to the demands of labor market, to support the students employability and to prepare future challenges, it is important to teach soft skills to our students. At the same time, lecturers teaching in our degree program have difficulties to recognize soft skills taught in their courses, develop teaching of those soft skills and define how to assess them. To tackle this problem, we propose activities aimed to help lecturers in acquiring better knowledge and understanding of the about the soft skills and how to take soft skills in to account during the course assessment.
Increase the awareness of lecturers in Chemistry degree programme about:
All CPD activities organized in UOulu are closely related for the preparation of local curriculum and courses (workplace learning).
CPD activities organized are:
Pre-meeting material (article and web pages) about the soft skills is shared for the teachers.
Local meeting where information about the soft skills and their connection to our curriculum are discussed with the teachers (1 hour).
Create and share online examples and experiences how to take soft skills into account when preparing course descriptions and planning/implementation of a course (self-study 1 hour).
All results will be internally shared to all the degree program teachers to support local development work related to topic.
Incorporate soft skills teaching into our curriculum, courses and increase awareness about the variety of soft skill teaching and assesment strategies.
Updated after the implementation of User Case.
This CPD scenario describes a User case in which lecturers develop their competence in sound course design and how to facilitate student’s deep learning and development of higher cognitive skills and develop attitudes in reflecting on own teaching practice and knowledge sharing.
The approximate duration of a User case that follows this scenario is several hours.
In this CPD scenario the participants professionalize in a close connection to their own teaching practice (at their workplace).