‘Digitally Ready’ Soft Skills with Intercultural Communicator Yuliya Shtaltovna on the Elearning Podcast with Stephen Ladek

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To begin today, let me throw you a little curve ball: is it possible that during all the design and planning and chaos of creating a virtual learning experience, you have forgotten about “soft skills?” I’m talking about fundamental things like communication and listening. My guest for today, Yuliya Shtaltovna thought so.

As a Business Communication Professional and Lecturer, Yuliya believes that soft skills are more essential than ever. After all, if we’re looking to engage learners across new platforms and unforeseen circumstances, we might do well making sure our “soft-digital” skills are as sharp as they can be.


In this deep and nuanced conversation we talk about:

🦋 What soft skills mean in hybrid learning and working, and why they are more valuable today than ever before, in pretty much every context.

🤹 Why developing your own “digitally ready” soft skills goes hand in hand with a growing sense of professional awareness. There’s no mystery why they are associated with better jobs and pay.

🎤 We also talk about digital competencies, and why given the sound framework on digital competencies for educators by the European Union, there really is no excuse not to have a digital skills game plan.

🌌 How Yuliya understood that her work and online teaching needed to reflect these new lessons learned, and how she moved away from “lecturing as much as possible” to find ways to transmit her passion and continuous interest about her subjects, as a way to reveal new horizons for her learners.

And check out her LinkedIn post with resources supporting her talk, “Challenge your Business English curricula to teach soft skills.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Fantastic job Yuliya! As Yuliya’s co-instructor, I am so glad she discussed the 4 principles that helped us increase student engagement and improve their learning outcomes so much:

    1. Connection before cognition: Giving thought to, and space for, forming meaningful relationships within our groups that provide a sense of safety and belonging “in class” online
    2. More visuals, less verbiage: Using, and guiding students in the use of, the power, pleasure and efficiency of visual elements in communication
    3. Takers to makers: Thinking about how passively-heard lectures on a topic can evolve into lasting artifacts students can actively co-create
    4. Ask the right questions: Inspired by Glenn Fajardo’s fantastic article, solid gold for any suddenly-online instructor, at: https://medium.com/stanford-d-school/making-virtual-more-human-ca3bec48c49a, our focus avoided centering on asking ourselves what we can do to force student attention on US (teachers can be so obliviously egocentric!) to how we can create frameworks for topics that students will want to give their attention to instead.

    Thanks so much to Stephen Ladek for your thoughtful questions and illuminating podcasts on an area in so much flux. The knowledge you are sharing is more current than ever.

  2. Thanks for posting it here, Christina!!

    Through the episode, I was referring to the GILE conference presentation and the publication that followed after it:

    Yuliya Shtaltovna, Christina Muzzu – Enhancing students’ digital competencies within the Employability module of the University of Europe’s skills-based curricula

    The book chapter is now published and in open access here: https://www.gile-edu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/G4Y-Proceedings-final.pdf

  3. Thanks for posting it here, Christina!! This collaboration has been such a pleasure!

    Through the episode, I was referring to the GILE conference presentation and the publication that followed after it:

    Yuliya Shtaltovna, Christina Muzzu – Enhancing students’ digital competencies within the Employability module of the University of Europe’s skills-based curricula

    The book chapter is now published and in open access here: https://www.gile-edu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/G4Y-Proceedings-final.pdf

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