Skill-Based Learning: Revolutionising Education

Blending the old methods of teaching with a more on-field learning approach to help each student shine their own creative skillset.

People often say how wisdom comes with age. Well, it’ll be safe to presume that it isn’t some divine knowledge that miraculously makes its way to you at a particular time but rather, the experience of the ages that finally makes one wise. This makes us arrive at a further assumption that practical experience is as good a teacher, if not better than learning in theory. In fact, if one could be so bold as to say that practical-based or skill-based learning is more efficient than theoretical learning. 

So, are we standing at the brink of a new school of thought where the learning is more skill-based than the regime that has continued up till now? There is no doubt that the pandemic shook the foundation of the world, especially the educational system. While the world and the economy open their doors back to the world it seems as though education is entering the dawn of a new era. 

Before we delve further into the benefits of skill-based learning it is necessary to understand the difference between skill-based and book learning. While theoretical learning helps expand the student to understand the topic and grasp the concept, skill-based learning helps them apply that knowledge and gives them a taste of the reality of the job which not only helps them perform better but also understand the field in which they will enter. Skill-based learning, also known as vocational training, encourages students to test their competencies in various disciplines and ultimately settle for the one they feel they will shine in the most. This gives birth to competitive and qualified professionals with on-the-job training from the get-go. Not only saving resources for the company in terms of an employee but also allowing students straight out of school to get well-paid jobs. The economy witnessed a boost. 

Research already depicts that 81% of the high socio-economic class of India believes that combining theoretical training with skill-based, making way for a new form of blended learning will better equip the students to be competent professionals and pave the way for future education. Moreover, it is believed that 70% of the futuristic jobs that will rise from technology are not even known to this day. By using a skill-based module, the students not only learn about the existing fields but also find the scope of improvement and advancement, giving way to a whole new aspect of the economy. 

There are many benefits for the students learning through a skill-based model. By getting constant feedback, whether by a senior or through introspection and understanding, the student is encouraged to do better and learn from their own mistakes, being better equipped to improvise a solution if a problem is to arise. By putting them at the forefront from the beginning, the confidence level rises and makes them sure about what they want to do. While theoretical learning focuses solely on the intellectual capability of a student, vocational training, and being more flexible in nature, gives each student the chance to display their areas of strength in their own unique way. Giving way to a more personalised form of learning and helping the student hone their creativity instead of having to conform to the generality of the course presented in the book. 

In fact, the benefits of skill-based learning are already being recognised in a lot of online teaching courses and are even being encouraged by governments as a form of training in various schemes. The future is set to shift the focus of education to a more student-centric environment where the foundations are currently being laid down for personalised learning strategies. It is only when the student can display what they have learnt do they really embed the concept within them before they set on to explore the next topic as an extension of the one before. Once the foundation of personalised learning strategy has been set, the future opens the doors to umpteen opportunities.  

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