June 20 – 22, 2018 · Valencia (Spain)
With the title “Defining a taxonomy of employability skills for 21st-century higher education graduates”, the Skill Up Project Coordinator, Professor Adriana Ornellas presented some results of the Skill Up Project in Valencia, Spain. The project was presented at the 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18), organised by the the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). The event provided an excellent forum for researchers, practitioners and related stakeholders to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, their skills, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.
Actually, the topics focused on innovative materials and new tools for teaching, emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification), as well as learning for employment and competency-based learning and skill assessment.
Embedded in a wider framework designed in the first phase of the project, the taxonomy presented in the conference took into consideration the skills that are vital for success in the workplace and that should be developed mainly throughout HE. As final remarks, the presentation concluded that the skills are not only attributes of the new graduates but rather something that needs to be permanently renewed throughout professional lives.
Find out the full presentation here.