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Towards an ICT Enabler for Enhancing Non-Cognitive Skills in a Lifelong Learning Setting
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Proceeedings of the┬á18th European Conference on e-Learning / [ed] Rikke ├śrngreen, Mie Buhl, Bente Meyer,, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2019, p. 396-405Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Non-cognitive skills (NCS) such as critical thinking, creativity, reliability, problem-solving, self-management, decision-making, and communication are the keys to a successful life and career development in a knowledge society. In contrast to hard skills or cognitive ability, which are the mainstream of formal and informal education, NCS is yet to be recognised and measured in academic curriculums, despite that many studies have shown the importance of NCS in building the character of a person. The system requirements and design architecture for an ICT solution are sought in this study that can quantify and assess NCS. A Design Science Approach (DSA) is followed in systematically eliciting the requirements and hence the functionalities and main modules of the ICT enabler. The resulting artefact includes the functionalities for a dashboard that the personal profile and skills of users can be visualised, and a matching system of NCS required for prospective occupations, together with a recommender system that can recommend courses to acquire NCS. The requirements were elicited and refined, starting in a co-creation session with project stakeholders from six European countries. The elicited requirements from the co-creation session were validated by pilots consisting of 190 participants from three European countries. Finally, the results were transformed into wireframes, and, ranked based on the perceptions of the end-user focus group participants, refined by the expertsin the field. The discovered system features include visualisation of skills profiles of individual users, with an ability to upgrade the profile autonomously as they complete courses or assessment tests in the platform. The ICT enabler is designed under a project of European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), named SkillsMatch.

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Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2019. p. 396-405
Series
Proceedings of the European conference on e-learning, ISSN 2048-8637, E-ISSN 2048-8645
Keywords [en]
ICT enabler, soft skills, assessment, lifelong learning, non-cognitive skills
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178194ISBN: 978-1-912764-42-6 (print)ISBN: 978-1-912764-41-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178194DiVA, id: diva2:1387134
Conference
18th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL), Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-8 November, 2019
Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

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