|Long Title:||Skill Profiler - competence management of soft skills|
Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana
Universitäre Fernstudien Schweiz (unfunded partner)
SWITCH - Teleinformatikdienste für Lehre und Forschung
|Project Leader:||C. Eggs|
|Soft Skill Profiler tool||Tool access at SUPSI (main instance)|
|Soft Skill Profiler tool test instance (active until Sept. 2014)||Second instance of the tool at SWITCH, open to Swiss Higher Education institutions for testing|
|Source Code||Source code of the Soft Skill Profiler tool (Apache 2.0 License)|
The Soft Skill Profiler allows students to engage in selective competence management during their studies and
thus enables them to better steer their acquisition of knowledge and skills over the long term. It's use as self-reflection
tool of own learning and competence acquisition in the field of soft skills is possible without extensive instruction or user effort.
The connection to the job market and the delivered graphical data output are the most important added values for students.
On the other hand the service will provide data for services and university management that can be used for analysis of profiles, e.g. patterns, soft skill achievement in different fields of study or for curriculum development.
The use of the tool is free for all Swiss students and university staff.
An intuitive GUI and a stable architecture leads the user and provides a cost-efficient service.
The hosting for the tool is not limited in time, as it will run on a FFHS server after end of 2013 for an unlimited time.
Market data can be updatet from time to time. The current open source software, which is ready for further development on demand, is available on sourceforge.
A meeting after one year of usage will define further actions for the project.
With the Bologna reform the significance of soft skills, also called transferable competences or informal
skill, is increasing to a major extent. Soft skills have become more and more important and found their
way into the curricula. However, there is a "soft-skills-paradox" which describes the fact that despite
its importance the willingness to survey these skills is low as the effort and the resulting benefit is
seen unbalanced. The focus remains on formal education (in the sense of hard skills and practical know-how).
Therefore, there is a lack of practicable instruments for making non-formally evaluated competences and
job-related personal strengths visible.
The majority of attempts to support comprehensive, individual competence management:
The main aim of the project is to support competence management at individual level, permitting to capture,
compare and visualize soft skills, and to link them with the job market.
The Skill Profiler will allow students to engage in selective competence management during their studies and thus enable them to better steer their acquisition of knowledge and skills over the long term. It's use as self-reflection tool of own learning and competence acquisition will be possible without extensive instruction or user effort.
The connection to the job market and the delivered graphical data output are the most
important added values for students.
On the other hand the service will provide data for services (e.g. Career services) and university management that can be used for analysis of profiles, e.g. patterns, skill achievement in different fields of study or for curriculum development.
The possibility to interface the Skill Profiler with an e-Portfolio system will be examined in order to fulfil also the function as a door opener to a deeper degree of self-reflection, demanding more time and often motivation and assistance by trainers as well. Precisely the pre-selection process can be decisively improved through an appropriate tool, and can be of use to students, consultants and those offering jobs.
The main functionalities of the Skill Profiler are:
The system will contain as components a MySQL database, storage interface (data exchange), user manager module, external authentication handler, peer invitation module, profile input module (self-assessment functionalities), profiler application (data collection and probability matching), graphical visualization module, reporting tool (print profiles and deliver statistics) and the user interface builder.