Standardised testing and learning approaches although being important, can reduce a teacher’s ability to be creative in the classroom. Also, standardised testing is not always accurate to measure student’s learning. It is time to acknowledge that there are many ways to learn, and assess students.
The concept of e-learning is significant in defining the future of education. Therefore, universities prefer skill-based learning and knowledge-oriented teaching. The concept of knowledge-based learning aims to understand the theoretical concept. Whereas, skill-based learning is more of practical learning.
Skill-based learning aims to build the skills of the student who have acquired knowledge through classroom lectures. This encourages them to experiment and apply those concepts to strengthen the learning process. Here, the teachers focus on educating through planning and practice. Students should be motivated to think logically, analyse concepts and apply them. This innovative approach makes the learners independent thinkers. Also, it prepares them for challenges in their future.
Main reasons to implement the idea of skill-based education:
Develops creativity – It enables students to be independent and helps them to approach problems creatively. It makes them think innovatively.
Sparks critical thinking – Enables students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. It is a way to focus on synthesising, evaluating, and applying facts and ideas.
Enhances problem-solving – Students learn how to work constructively to solve problems. Skill-based learning helps in enhancing strengths and to achieve their goals.
Develops effective written and oral communication – Cultivating effective communication skills whether it is oral or written should be an integral part of the curriculum. Engaging students in group discussion, active listening, and presentation skills help in exercising their communication skills.
Enhances leadership quality – It helps them to see beyond their self-interests through team-building activities and events. Students build skills that help them to listen, organise and inspire the team. Thus, it helps develop leadership quality.
The new and important teaching methodologies that makes a positive impact on student’s learning in the modern world are:
Personalised learning is a concept where an “average” student (whom educators have traditionally designed curriculum for) doesn’t exist. Here teachers make challenges, lessons, and instructional styles to support each student’s needs. `
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
The common concern related to PBL is a lack of focus on the standard subject. It won’t prepare students for their college or career, think a majority of people. PBL is also proving to be a valuable method of equitable learning. Teachers have a unique role in PBL. They become collaborators and coaches rather than instructors. Also, they help their students navigate their challenging projects.
Place-Based Education focuses on integrating schools and communities by leveraging the “power of place” to equip using authentic learning experiences. Students with the tools and skills need to collaborate, think critically, and solve complex challenges. Place-Based Education boosts student engagement. It connects students to their communities in an age fraught with feelings of disconnectedness, and improves learning.
Formative Assessment for a teacher is to incorporate a flexible evaluation system into their practice. Formative assessment is formed to provide the information necessary to make minor “course corrections”, rather than judging whether a student has reached their goal at the end of a unit. It is considered to be less stressful (both for teachers and students) than summative assessment, and it is an important part of personalised learning and competency-based learning.
Real-world learning means equipping learners with the opportunity to think about tangible challenges that the world is facing and empowering them with agency and resources to face them with an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s all about giving students a chance to engage their creative sides while having something to present for it.