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Video gamEs foR Skills trAining

Project description

Video games for skill development

VERSA is an EU-funded project within the SwafS-08-2020 programme. With electronics and the internet of things on the rise, people are exploring innovative ways to use them in education, and skills training and development programmes. VERSA aims to challenge preconceived methods of skills development by using a variety of commercially available and fun video games. The focus will be on training eight innovation-related skills: creativity, critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, time management, complex problem solving, judgement and decision-making, and goal setting. With this methodology and technology the project aims to modernise PhD programmes as well as prove that this novel methodology could be very beneficial for any PhD programme’s curriculum.


VERSA aims to challenge the current paradigm of soft skills development at PhD level by implementing an innovative methodology for soft skills training using commercially available video games. We target the training of eight innovation related skills, namely Creativity, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Cognitive Flexibility, People/Team Management, Time Management, Judgement and Decision Making and Goal Setting, all these skills being very desirable choices for the non-academic sector.
There is a dual scope to VERSA's one hand, we aim to modernize the PhD programmes at the partner universities, by offering innovative digital tools for soft skills training, and on the other hand, we aim to prove this as a consistent methodology for future use in any PhD's programme curricula, which has the potential to shape the way Universities of the future offer soft skills training for Doctoral Education.

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Net EU contribution
€ 64 000,00
Carrer de escorxador
43003 Tarragona

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Este Cataluña Tarragona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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