A skills-based curriculum is the solution to our social and economic problems

“The CBC brings light to a country that has had a dark history of skills acquisition”
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With today’s digitally savvy and social-media oriented generation, there is a dire need for online-based learning to keep students engaged and focused on their goals. The concept of e-learning holds a great significance in defining the future of education and therefore, universities prefer skill-based learning and knowledge-oriented teaching. The concept of knowledge-based learning aims to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts in a linear framework of delivering facts; however, the skill-based learning methodology is more of practical learning.

What is skill-based learning?

It aims towards building the skills of the student who has already acquired knowledge through classroom lectures and encourage them to experiment and apply those concepts to strengthen the learning process. In a skill-based classroom, teachers focus on imparting education through planning and practice. To help students to retain concepts, instructors plan, discuss ideas and provide constructive feedback so that students can reflect on the skills gained in the classroom.

Why implement the skill-based learning method?

Skill-based learning is about planning, implementing and analysing skills gained through knowledge-based learning method. Students are motivated to think logically, analyse concepts and apply their insights. The idea behind this innovative and most in-demand learning method is to develop learners into independent thinkers and prepare them for the challenges in the future. Here are the reasons to implement the idea of skill-based education in universities.

Sparks creativity – Helps students in learning how to be independent and approach problems in a creative way. It gives a way to move beyond traditional methods and think innovatively.

Develops critical thinking – Enables students to hone analytical and critical thinking skills in all the courses. It is a way to avoid rote learning and focus more on synthesising, evaluating, and applying facts and ideas on your work. The sessions on entrepreneurship help students to anticipate problems and devise solutions accordingly.

Enhances collaborative problem solving – Students learn how to work in a constructive manner to solve problems in a collaborative manner. Skill-based learning helps in drawing enhancing strengths and important skills to achieve their goals. While organizing an event or a field-based activity, students work as a team to deliver the desired results.

Builds effective written and oral communication – Building effective communication skills whether it is oral or written should be an integral part of the curriculum. Engaging students in articulate discussion, active listening, and presentation skills help in exercising their communication skills.

Hones leadership – Another advantage of introducing skill-based learning in classrooms is to develop effective leadership skills in students and help them see beyond their self-interests. Through activities and events, students build skills that help them to listen, organize and inspire the team.

 

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