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1 How My Soft Skills Globally Emerged Beverly Amer Orlando, Florida March 17, 2011

2 Where Are You Today? Teaching soft skills Infusing international technology topics Using digital delivery of concepts and lab training Using videos to enhance lessons

3 Fall 2010 Experiment Introductory CIS Course Emerge Global Tech Watch Soft Skills

4 What Employers Want: 67% want graduates who understand the global context of situations and decisions 65% want graduates who are aware of global issues and the implications for their future Source: AAC&U Raising the Bar: Employers Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn Global Tech Watch

5 Global Technology Watch

6 What Employers Say: Attributes MOST LACKING in college graduates? o Communication skill o Flexibility/adaptability o Initiative o Problem-solving and analytical skills o Teamwork skills o Strong work ethic Soft Skills

7 Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills 2e Career Prep – resumes, attire, research Online Brand – Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, Twitter, personal website Communication skills – written, verbal, cell phones, Team Dynamics – conflict management, virtual teams Presentation skills – good, bad and ugly

8 What About Digital Delivery? Emerge

9 Emerge with Computers

10 How It Worked… Students bought a bundle: o Portfolio for Soft Skills 2e workbook o Emerge keycode o Global Technology Watch keycode o CaseGrader keycode (now SAM Projects) Cost was 40% LESS than print equivalents

11 My Class Structure Changed!

12 What My Students Said: 77% agreed it enhanced their understanding of computer concepts 85% agreed it enhanced their understanding of international issues and technology

13 More Student Feedback… 76% found the in-class discussions of the topics worthwhile 89% liked all the videos (skills, global issues, CIS topics)

14 What They Wanted You to Know… GTW was my favorite activity of all we worked on Using GTW helped increase class interactions The topics were actually cool I learned a lot about technology in todays society and possible future technologies Much better than using a traditional textbook Great for a visual learner like me If it wasnt online, Id never flip a page. This was easy to study [Soft skills] helped me get the job I wanted

15 More Information… Learning Center Your Sales Rep Bundling Options Ask to see: o Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills 2e (due May 25) o Emerge 3.0 (due July 1) o Global Technology Watch (available now!)


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