Welcome to Seamless: Soft Skills in the Classroom and Beyond! In this course, we will establish the case for soft skills and career pathways instruction—why are we making that shift in our classrooms?
Next, We’ll identify and employ elements of contextualized instruction. Then we will discuss strategies for creating and implementing a soft skills plan if you’re a program manager or a contextualized lesson plan if you’re an instructor. Finally, we will identify seamless integration of soft skills and academics.
Audience: Classroom Instructors, Program Leaders, and Agency Leaders
The course format is asynchronous in nature, meaning you complete the course at your own pace. A new module unlocks each week for 6 weeks, but only after you have completed the previous module. There is one module for each chapter of the book Seamless, with much of the course content drawing from the book. You’ll be able to look back at previous modules any time you’d like, and of course you can pause and re-watch any portions of the videos as needed. The video must be watched in its entirety for the quiz to unlock.
Each week, you’ll read a chapter of Seamless and then complete a module quiz and extended response. Some weeks, you’ll be uploading an assignment as well. For instance, participants in the course who are instructors will be completing a contextualized lesson plan using provided tools, while participants who are in leadership will be completing a partnership identification template. You'll upload your assignment by choosing a file in the module quiz on weeks an assignment is due.
NOTE: Only one document can be uploaded, so all editable PDFs required have been combined into one file. If a portion of the assignment doesn't apply to you, simply leave the appropriate portion of the file blank and submit.
For editable PDFs, download the file to your computer. Open, edit, and save the file. Then upload it into the quiz where indicated. If you encounter an issue with a provided template, simply type your response in a Word doc, and submit that file.
All materials referenced in this course are in the Course Materials folder.
Note that you also can’t move on until at least an 80% is achieved on the quiz, and also note that your extended response will be reviewed by the facilitator. A facilitator dashboard keeps us updated on your progress, and if you’re taking the course as part of your agency’s professional development requirements, your agency will be informed of your status on a regular basis.
There are multiple modalities for this course: The module videos, and either PDF, Kindle, print, or audio versions of the book. You have access to the full PDF of the book with Kindle and print versions available for purchase on Amazon, and the audio files for each chapter are available for download within each module.
Note that the system will log out after a brief period of inactivity. Ensure that you are still logged in before completing any quizzes or submitting files to avoid being bounced back to the log-in screen.
If you encounter an issue at any point, contact us to let us know by navigating to the Technical Support tab on the right-hand side of the screen.