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Active Learning for Soft Skills Development

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Soft skills are crucial competences to be developed by students to access labour market. The integration of active learning methods in teaching practices can support curriculum innovation and improve learning experience of students in particular while learning disciplinary skills.

About This Course

Many studies (from Deloitte to ISFOL to Manpower Group) pointed out that soft skills are becoming as important as hard skills when looking for a job. Yet transversal or soft skills are the hardest skills to document and, at present, there is a mismatch between academic education and the skills required in the labour market. According to the McKinsey Report Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth into Work (2014), providers, employers, and young people seem to live in “parallel universes.” For example, in Europe, 74 percent of education providers were confident that their graduates were prepared for work, yet only 38 percent of youth and 35 percent of employers agreed. Active learning methodologies such as case studies, project work, roleplays, etc..., integrated in disciplinary curricula, can support, in students, the development of transversal skills required by the job market. This MOOC, is addressed mainly to teachers and trainers who recognise the importance of potentiating such skills in students and want to improve their effective support to them in achieving this aim. It is also addressed to the ones who already actively engage students in their lessons, but still want to re-think about it and enhance even further the results of this interaction working on soft and digital soft skills. At the end of this course you will be able to: recognise and describe key elements of teaching practice design in the frame of active learning methodology; apply principles of constructive alignment to your curriculum starting with an effective formulation of Intended learning outcomes for soft skills; identify the key elements in defining assessment strategy for ILO achievement when working on soft skills Recognise and describe key elements of teaching practice design in the frame of active learning methodology elaborate best strategies and prevent critical issues when applying active learning methods in your class support at best your students while they develop soft and digital soft skills.

Through this MOOC, learners will be guided in discovering what active learning means and how the methodologies under its hat can be applied in order to develop soft skills. The course is organized in 5 weeks. Week 0 is an introduction to the MOOC, its structure and the main subject we are dealing with. From week 1 to week 5 core contents will be presented. Each one of these week is organized to explore the one of the aspects related to the design and implementation of active learning to develop soft skills. The argument of each week is introduced by a synthetic text, accompanied with a graphic (that can be downloaded). Then we go deep in with the direct and concrete experience of international teachers around Europe who implement an active learning method during the academic year 2019/2020 followed by reflections and theory told by eLene4Life experts. Taking part to activities are crucial in achieving the above listed intended learning outcomes: share opinions and reflections with colleague and trainers that come from company context would offer added values and hints to be considered while redesign the course.

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online. The course materials will still be available to all registered users, even after the closing of the edition. Further editions of this course will be activated each academic year.


There are no prerequisites to take this course, even if previous experience in didactics and teaching will be helpful. the course is mainly addressed at professors, teachers, trainers , at all levels, who are willing to develop soft and digital skills in their students.

Discussion forum

A Forum section is active to welcome learners contributions to MOOC activities and to exchange opinions and discuss open questions with peers. The tutors participate in the Forum as well, as Administrators, and oversee the developing of the threads.

Quizzes and scores

The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of each week, you will find a “weekly quiz” to check your understanding. The final grade for the course will be calculated based on your performance in the weekly quizzes. Scoring for the quiz equals 1 point per question. Remember, the system will record the result of your final attempt, not the best of your attempts. The course is considered properly completed if the participant responds correctly to 60% of the questions in total. The course’s total score will be calculated by averaging the scores of the quizzes for each individual week. After completing the course, if you have surpassed the required score, you can download and print a certificate of participation. You can check your points earned at any time on the Progress page.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completes the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions by the end of the edition. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website. Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition. The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.

Course Staff

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Alessandra Tomasini

Alessandra Tomasini collabora con METID – Politecnico di Milano dal 2007 inizialmente come instructional designer poi come project manager. Segue principalmente la progettazione e la realizzazione di interventi di didattica innovativa in contesti internazionali. Ha curato, in stretta collaborazione con i docenti, la progettazione del corso coordinandone la realizzazione.

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    Dec 21, 2020
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    Mar 28, 2021
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