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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

Nowadays we are immersed in a highly competitive job market where demonstrating good technical skills is not in most cases a guarantee of a success. In addition, the economical context is provoking a diaspora of high-qualified workers from their countries to others with lower unemployment rates. In this scenario, applicants need to demonstrate not only a strong background in their specialization fields, but also, a set of soft skills and abilities, which allow them, highlight themselves in the hard task of finding a job. In this paper we present an evolution of a methodology supported by a web tool, aims to helping working adults trainers and university professors to develop soft-skills in engineering, as well as technical competencies provided by classical engineering training programs. Delphi Learning Package (DLP) tool is based on Delphi strategic consulting. Firstly, a short introduction about what the Delphi method consist of, will be performed. Then, a description about the adjustments and modifications made on the methodology in order to fix it to educational environments will be discussed as well as an evaluation of the effects triggered by them. Afterwards, the technological environment created for hosting the tool and supporting the methodology is described. A justification about why a tool to automatize the methodology is required will be provided. Also, how students develop different soft skills such as critical thinking, synthesis ability, inference, and argumentation following our method is discussed. Finally, we assess the methodology and the tool by discussing about the results obtained during two pilot projects that have been developed involving both, students with a major in Telecommunications Engineering and software engineers from a software department of, a well known food company. This tool can be downloaded and used freely by contacting the authors of this article or by accessing the website www.noveltelecoms.com.

Keywords :

: Delphi, lifelong learning, e-learning, collaborative/cooperative learning

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