Proposal Abstract

In 2006 the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education proposed the review of university curriculum to ensure graduate competitiveness by embedding seven ‘must have' skills in the program and course learning outcomes. The skills include critical thinking and problem solving; communication; social skills and responsibility; management and entrepreneurship, and leadership. This session will highlight the initiatives conducted at Universiti Putra Malaysia in assessing attainment of soft skills. Assessment for each course is guided using rubrics whilst students' perception of their soft skills is measured using questionnaires. Both of these assessment methods have been tried out, however the results did not show promising results. The objective of the session is to share UPM's initiatives in ensuring that each course is able to develop students' soft skills and to get feedback on how to improve the measurement. Participants will be able to judge the appropriateness of the measurement and to suggest improvement.

Location

Room 2911

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 10th, 11:00 AM Mar 10th, 11:45 AM

Measuring Non-Cognitive Aspects In A Course

Room 2911

In 2006 the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education proposed the review of university curriculum to ensure graduate competitiveness by embedding seven ‘must have' skills in the program and course learning outcomes. The skills include critical thinking and problem solving; communication; social skills and responsibility; management and entrepreneurship, and leadership. This session will highlight the initiatives conducted at Universiti Putra Malaysia in assessing attainment of soft skills. Assessment for each course is guided using rubrics whilst students' perception of their soft skills is measured using questionnaires. Both of these assessment methods have been tried out, however the results did not show promising results. The objective of the session is to share UPM's initiatives in ensuring that each course is able to develop students' soft skills and to get feedback on how to improve the measurement. Participants will be able to judge the appropriateness of the measurement and to suggest improvement.