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Key skill assessment: Communication

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Communication is part of everyone's life. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively orally, visually and in writing underpins nearly everything we do. This free course, Key skill assessment: Communication, will help you recognise your strengths as well as the areas where you could improve. In developing and assessing your communication skills, you will learn to recognise, adapt and use your skills confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a strategy for using communication skills over an extended period of time
  • monitor and critically reflect on these communication skills, adapting the strategy as necessary, to produce the quality of outcomes required
  • evaluate this overall strategy and present outcomes.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 50 hours
  • Updated Monday 7th March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Education
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Key skills assessment: communication


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This key skill focuses on the ways in which you receive and respond to information and communicate with other people in your work, study and everyday life. Communication skills include speaking, listening, reading and writing for different purposes. Techniques such as note taking and writing summaries are important, but so, too, are the techniques of evaluation and application, such as evaluating the relevance and quality of information.

Communication is part of everyone's life and improving your skills also involves you being able to integrate changes in the way you communicate into your study or work. Essentially, this means you will be improving your skills while communicating what you are learning. This is much more than developing your presentation skills or tackling an essay. It is also about strategically planning how to communicate, applying your skills in different situations, and critically reflecting on your performance, that is being consciously aware of what you are doing and how well you are doing it. This course is designed to be studied for 1 hour per week over 50 weeks.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in Education [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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