Empowering Graduates for Knowledge Economies in Developing Countries

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Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST


© 2018, ICST Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. Professional, transferable, or 21st century skills such as life-long learning, problem solving and working in a multi-disciplinary team are vitally important for graduates entering knowledge economies. Students in the developing MENA countries have been identified as weak in these skills, which are challenging to both teach and assess. This paper describes the creation and application of the Computing Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an IT specific instrument to assess students’ abilities in the professional skills, administered using a Learning Management System (LMS). As part of this research students were surveyed on their perceptions and the results revealed a positive response regarding the benefits of the CPSA. It is suggested as an effective and applicable blended learning method in developing countries to better enable students to learn and apply 21st century skills. The use of this method in regions with limited IT infrastructure is discussed.

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