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I have learned the importance of implementing a proactive ESW. I plan to meet with my team to evaluate our current model and discuss areas that can be improved. 

I learned that it is crucial to personally develop ESW and lead by example while integrating the importance of ESW daily in the workplace and revisiting this topic frequently throughout their course load. 

By learning and applying EWS I can enhance my effectiveness as a professional, contribute positively to my workplace culture, and position myself for long-term career success.  These skills will not only benefit me professionally but will also contribute to my personal growth as well.

Documentation that outcomes have been implemented must be objectively verifiable.

Showing students the difference between ambiguous and concrete skills, teaching them how to incorporate the skills, and explaining the relevancy and value will be beneifical to their growth.  Not only for the students, but for any instructor as well as it can shape how they present their real world experiences.

I like the idea of putting headings, whitespace, definition boxes, etc. to simplify the text by amplify the content, but not watering it down.

We've talked about "soft skills" ever since I started in career education in 1996.  The idea of mapping EWS and aligning program level outcomes, course curriculum, and extracurricular activities is surprisingly new to me.  It creates a way to systematically improve our delivery of essential workforce skills that are so crucial to our students' success.  This is especially important for the younger students, who don't seem to bring that with them from their life experiences so far.

I'm among those who considered soft skills as mostly innate, and very difficult to teach or assess.  I'm intrigued with the concept of translating the taxonomy of essential workforce skills into something that can be observable and measurable. 

I thought this first module was very interesting and engaging, and I am excited to complete the course and start looking at our curriculum to see how we can facilitate the acquisition of these skills by our students.

EWS Programmatic Certification ensures that students have the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace and in their future careers. The mapping of the skills to the curriculum ensures that students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills throughout their academic journey and are able to identify and express them to future employers.

As part of this module, I learned about many interesting aspects of curriculum development and how to effectively integrate workforce skills into the same. In addition, I learned about Universal Design Learning which allows all students to learn even if the learning style varies among students.

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