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Key skill assessment unit: Working with others

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Working effectively with other people in a group or a team is a skill valued highly by community and educational organisations, as well as employers. Working in a group is about communicating effectively, contributing ideas, listening and receiving feedback, and leading or following as appropriate. Developing your skills means thinking about and planning the tasks the group needs to do, negotiating with others to develop shared goals and purpose, collaborating to achieve agreed results and then reviewing the approach. In this free course, Key skill assessment unit: Working with others, you will learn to use and adapt your skills confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a strategy for using skills in problem solving over an extended period of time
  • monitor progress and adapt the strategy as necessary, to achieve the quality of outcomes required when tackling a complex problem
  • evaluate this overall strategy and present the outcomes from the work using a variety or methods.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 50 hours
  • Updated Monday 7th March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Education
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Key skills assessment course: Working with others


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This key skill focuses on developing your skills in Working with others and applying these skills in your studies, work or other activities over a period of time. To tackle all of this key skill you will need to plan your work over at least 3–4 months to give yourself enough time to practise and improve your skills, to seek feedback from others, and to monitor and evaluate your performance.

A main purpose of this key skill is to guide you through the management of a group activity culminating in a group presentation of the outcomes of the work. It involves you in actively contributing to the presentation of information.

You will need to identify opportunities for developing your skills in Working with others, for example, when:

  • managing and presenting outcomes of a group project;

  • contributing to community activities, such as organising a major event;

  • investigating and implementing ways to improve work practice.

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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