Developing Social Skills through an On-Line Learning Environment: A Qualitative Study

Developing Social Skills through an On-Line Learning Environment: A Qualitative Study

Niki Phillips (Hellenic Open University, Greece), Marianthi Karatza (Bank of Cyprus, Greece) and Argiris Tzikopoulos (Agricultural University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch094
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Abstract

The rapid pace of social change deriving from technological and financial revolution and globalization, effects greatly people’s lives. Adults nowadays need to stay relevant with their environment, to be proactive and to take important decisions that affect their personal and professional future. Thus, they need to be equipped with advanced social skills such as time management, leadership, communication, teamwork, problem solving, flexibility etc. Such skills can be developed through training programs, designed and delivered upon the Adult Education and Experiential Learning theories and principles. A central aim of this chapter is to highlight the methods through which e-learning can contribute to the development of social skills, implementing at the same time the above mentioned principles, in the context of a large organization.

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