Both the academic community and the job market are seeing the rising importance of soft skills. To meet the needs of students and teachers, the Jagiellonian University partnered up with five higher education institutions from abroad to develop teaching materials which will facilitate training of those skills.
The DISCOM project (Development of Interdisciplinary Skills for Cooperation and Conflict Management), realised within the framework of Erasmus+, was aimed to carry out research and produce a set of teaching materials for more effective communication and development of interdisciplinary skills.
The participants of the project included JU Faculty of Law and Administration Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution as well as Turiba University (Riga), Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius), University of Genoa, Netherlands Business Academy (Breda) and University of Graz.
The team has developed a multitude of teaching materials: articles, exercises and tools (such as a mobile app and video lectures), designed to improve the following skills:
- Ability to work in teams
- Setting academic and professional goals
- Time management
- Multicultural communication
- Conflict diagnosis and management
The materials are available to students, academic staff and everyone else interested in improving their soft skills. They are directed to individual students, groups and teachers.
The materials are all open access and can be downloaded from the project’s website: skills.turiba.lv. An abridged version in the form of a booklet is also available. The mobile app, available at Google Play store and AppStore, is a valuable tool that can be used to practice soft skills every day.
The project consisted of a series of meetings and online sessions. Its results were verified throughout the duration of Train the Trainer 2021 programme hosted at the JU Faculty of Law and Administration as well as during the Soft Skills summer school organised by Turiba University (the leader of the project).
One of the more important events of the project was the international conference Communication and Development of Interdisciplinary Competences in the Digital Age, organised in Riga in April 2022. In Poland, the results of the project were discussed during the meeting Soft Skills in the 21st Century, held at the Jagiellonian University.