Foundation in Soft Skills

  • Faculty: Shelly Alcorn, CAE
  • Trimester Course
  • 3 hours/week, 16 Weeks
  • Knowledge, Self-Mastery, Impact

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Badge(s) Earned: Seven Soft Skills, Seventeen SDGs

Course Description:

Employers all across the world, in every sector of the global economy, agree that some of the most important skills we need to be developing are “soft skills.” Professionals are needed in every type of job, including high-tech firms and businesses of all types, who are strong in technical skills, known as “hard skills,” but also strong in soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and emotional intelligence.

Over our lives, we naturally develop skills that allow us to make new friends, get along with others and use our “common sense.” In this course, we will spend time focusing on more advanced soft skills, so you can understand what future employers or clients will expect from you in the workplace. The added benefit of learning more than you already know about the softer skills is you will find that personal areas of your life can improve too.

In addition, each module has a section devoted to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). There are 17 goals in total ranging from SDG 1 – No Poverty, to SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. At Ubiquity University we strongly believe everyone should be aware of the UN SDGs and be prepared to work towards their achievement in whatever way they can. Agenda 2030 is about a healthier planet, a healthier society, and a healthier you. (Learn more at

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the importance of soft skills and how to use them in all areas of your life;
  • describe the UN SDGs and have a working knowledge of their implications for our global society;
  • increase your familiarity with exercises and tools used in today’s global workplace; and,
  • develop a sense of yourself and your soft skills on a deeper level.


Shelly Alcorn, CAE is the Chief Curriculum Officer at Ubiquity University and specializes in operations, curriculum development and programming. Shelly stands at the intersection of technology, the education-to-employment system and the organization of the hypercomplex future. She is a frequent keynote speaker on critical issues faced by society. Shelly was formerly the Executive Director of the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) which was a 501(c)(3) organization with over 10,000 members in California in 37 separately incorporated affiliates. She was also the Executive Director for the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), a 501(c)(6) trade organization representing the interests of over 1,300 independently owned automotive repair facilities in California. In that role she was also responsible for oversight of a for-profit subsidiary, insurance brokerage firm and a 501(c)(3) entity. She holds the CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Course Contact Information:

Course content is delivered by faculty. With the exception of “lite” versions, courses are led by a Course Facilitator (CF) who is available to answer questions, offer additional assistance, and assess the final creative assignments for academic credit. For questions regarding facilitation you may contact our Director of Course Facilitation at facilitator @ (Sorry! Direct email link not provided due to spam bots.)

Opening Week - Introduction to Soft Skills

Module 1 - Meeting Global Challenges

Module 2 - Team Building and Collaboration

Module 3 - Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Foundation in Soft Skills - Creative Assignment

Module 4 - Emotional Intelligence

Module 5 - Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Module 6 - Leadership

Module 7 - Building Global Community

Closing Week - Towards Your Future

Foundation in Soft Skills - Creative Assignment - Peer Review