Decision games in the development of soft skills

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What are decision games?  Marek Kalinowski PhD. from University of Gdaล„sk, Poland states, that decision game is โ€œan interactive, dynamic representation of reality, and its participants strive for achievement of parameterised goalsโ€™โ€™. He also emphasises, that from games developed forentertainment, decision-making game is distinguished primarily by the didactic aspect.

Decision games draw on the popular “gamification” of exploitation mechanisms known from role-playing or computer games to increase involvement of participants. They do this primarily by releasing emotions and the fact of highsatisfaction. Especially when the participants – as a result of the next steps โ€” achieve the intended results. 

Decision-making game is quite popular in the training of people dealing with human element at work, people who saves lives, or who make sure the operational flow of the organisation is solid. Companies also use these tools to train dispatchers, on whose fast decision making  is a very important part of their job. 

Decision games in shaping social and personal competences . 

Increasingly, decision games are being used in other contexts where it is not at stake human life, health or maintaining the operational liquidity of the company. Mentioned already,Kalinowski, discussed the use of this tool in human resource management.

Another interesting example can be found on the FERI Platform. Decision Games published in on the educational platform intend to focus on soft skills and help to develop social and personal competences of students in the industry of Economy and administration. 

One of the available applications allows individuals to learn how to work remotely effectively,

maintain motivation to act, adjust working time and tasks to needs your own chronotype, and how and when get rest. 

Another prompts participants, what they should do to be effective in the international work

environment. It also addresses the issues of change and crisis management.

Other development tools

FERI Platform was created as part of the Polish-Irish-Cypriot project โ€œTransversal

skills in time of COVIDโ€ co-funded by the European Union. The leader of the consortium is the Krakรณw-based Foundation for Education, Development and Innovation (FERI). The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen personal and social competences in vocational education in the economic and administrative sector. Tools for the achievement and development – decision games, podcasts, lesson plans for teachers and educators dealing with for example  openness to change, creativity, communication, as well as working in a multicultural environment

environment were created and are free to download in 3 different languages. 

The whole is complemented by reports and guides for educators. Platform users will get detailed information aboutthe state of personal and social competences in the economic and administrative sector in all countries irepresented by the project partners. They’ll also find out what’s in it context employers need, and what shortcomings they signal, especially in relation to people starting work. Educators can reach for a guide, that systematises knowledge regarding remote learning and the catalog of available tools. Our study also includes a roadmap for conducting thematic activitiessocial and personal competences.

We hope you will enjoy our educational platform and download our material. 


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