ANALYSIS OF THE POSSIBILITIES FOR ENHANCING STUDENTS’ TRAINING PERFORMANCE IN HARD SKILLS SUBJECTS
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Technological advances and ICT entering people’s lives have made society adapt to the existing environment, where the lack of digital skills leads to a social and digital exclusion. The focus of the current article is placed on overcoming the barriers in the course of training digital skills among various groups of learners in a university environment. The research defines several basic factors affecting the final outcomes from the hard skills training, among which are: lack of motivation, lack of learning materials adapted to the needs of the learner and lack of flexibility in training approaches. An empirical study has shown the lack of adapted learning materials to the needs of the learners as a major issue in the hard skills training. The suggested approach is focused on creating a flexible educational infrastructure as the first stage of the process of enhancing motivation and digital skills of the learners and is a foundation for the enhancement in students’ performance and training outcomes.
Keywords: Education, learning, digital skills, hard skills, motivation.