AN ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT FOR THE “EFFECTIVE WRITTEN COMMUNICATION” COMPETENCY: CONTEXT AND RESULTS

P. Gómez-Gasquet, M.J. Verdecho, R. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, J.J. Alfaro-Saiz

Universitat Politècnica de València (SPAIN)
In the last years, there is an increasing interest in the manner that transversal competences (TC) are introduced in the curricula. Transversal competences are generic and relevant skills that students have to develop through the several stages of the educational degrees. This paper explain the context of TC in Higher Studies at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) (Spain) where several working groups have been established in the last two years in order to improve the way Technical Schools and lecturers/professors teach and assess the degree of development of transversal competences (TC) in students. The UPV has promoted to grant various innovative educational projects that contribute to improve the assessment and collection of evidences on TC. This paper emerges from the work developed in one of the UPV innovative educational projects and presents the experience related to the assessment of the TC “effective communication”, specifically the written dimension of effective communication. The main aim of this paper is to analyse the assessment of effective communication in the context of postgraduate programmes at UPV and, according to them, to develop and apply an assessment instrument. The developed assessment instrument comprises the relevant indicators to assess the students written communication competency. It has been applied to assess the assignments of students in the course “Production planning and scheduling in distributed environments” belonging to the Master Degree in Advanced Engineering Production, Logistics and Supply Chain at UPV. In this paper, the educational experience and results obtained from it are described