The overall objective of this project is to create mechanisms that enable to continuously support, monitor, assess, and acknowledge the development of learners' soft skills (i.e. transversal, cross-curricular skills) with the help of state-of-the-art ICT tools. Soft skills include problem solving, initiative taking and entrepreneurship, learning-to-learn, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, decision making, communication, collaboration, etc. The project will work at different levels of education, with learners of different ages, encouraging them to take diverse learning pathways, accommodating formal, non-formal and informal learning opportunities, and will make use of open educational practices and resources available through the Internet. The project's aims start from one key element, presently entirely missing in the EU practices, visions and policies on soft skills development: GRADING of soft skills. Introducing such a novel approach to grading in mutually different educational contexts of the involved partners' institutions will help both teachers and learners of different ages to better assess all types of learning outcomes, advantages, and future learning needs. Thus the project will develop novel pedagogical approaches, rich structured sets of soft-skills metrics, and ICT tools and services for acknowledging, grading, awarding and recognizing learners' achievements in developing their soft skills. Such digital credentials are not intended to be a replacement for the certificates, diplomas and degrees earned in a traditional way; the aim is to have them complement traditional recognition mechanisms, by representing evidence of additional, transversal competences and learning outcomes. Another aim of piloting these innovations in the partners' institutions is to raise awareness of the novel assessment methods with support of new technologies.
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