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What Does Learning Look Like?

What Does Learning Look Like?

Author: Essential Skills

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In these 10 Skills courses, you’ll have the chance to really dive into each skill and think about its relevance to your life. Here are a few things you can expect from the learning experiences in each course.

Getting Set Up

  • You’ll use your personal log-in to find your course on the Sophia platform.
  • Set aside about 20-30 minutes to read and really reflect on each lesson.
  • Download the touchstone as directed. Keep it in a folder or on your desktop and open it each time you get started on your coursework.
  • Plan to spend about 30 minutes to work on the touchstone at the end of each challenge. If it takes you more time to come up with responses and reflections, that’s okay, too.
  • Talk to other people about the 10 Skills and what you’re learning. Ask them about times they’ve used these skills or why they think these skills are important in the workplace. You’ll probably get a lot of great examples of the skills in action.

How You'll Learn

You already know that you’ll be learning about a different key employability skill in each course, so we don’t have to go over that again. Instead, let’s take some time to think about how you’ll learn. Sure, we’ll give you the information you need about the skills and make some suggestions about how to apply them, but you’ll need to do the real work when it comes to bringing the skills into your life and your work.

This isn’t a typical textbook-based course. Yes, there will be some reading. But a lot of work with skills is about thinking, reflecting, and doing.

Here’s how you’ll be asked to learn in these 10 Skills courses.

  • Read about the skills
  • Determine why the skills are so important for employers and employees
  • Bring your previous experiences with the skills to your learning
  • Consider how to apply the skill in your life or work
  • Actually use the skill at work (or imagine what that would be like if you’re not currently on the job)
  • Talk to people about the skill
  • Reflect on how you and others use the skill
  • Think about what the skill looks like (and doesn’t look like) in practice
  • Rank your strengths and weakness in each skill in order get better
  • Plan for personal improvement in each skill

Getting Started with Skills in Sophia

Watch the tutorial and download the Student Guide from the Student Guide & Course Docs tab. You’ll discover how to navigate through your 10 Skills courses.

Each course contains Challenges, which are groups of short lessons around a topic. Some of the challenges have short questions associated with them, while others simply list the learning goals for that section.

Finally, each of the 10 Skills courses will have a Touchstone. The Touchstone is a reflection- and application-based project that you’ll work on for the entire course. When you start the course, you’ll download the Touchstone document and save it to your computer or device. As you finish each challenge you’ll be directed to open the Touchstone and complete the section related to that challenge. When you’re done with all of the challenges, you’ll upload your completed Touchstone and submit it for credit toward your badge.