Skills-Based Learning with Lead Learning Experience Designer Amber Johnston

Skills-based learning

Traditional education models are being challenged like never before. Amidst this transition, the significance of skills-based learning experiences cannot be overstated. They serve as architects of change, forging new paths in education to meet the evolving needs of learners. 

We had the opportunity to highlight Amber Johnston, Lead Learning Experience Designer at Ease Learning. With her visionary outlook and unwavering dedication, Amber is spearheading the charge toward a more adaptive and skill-focused educational paradigm.

We dive into the intricacies of this evolving approach to education. Join us as we uncover how Ease Learning, under Amber’s guidance, embraces change and leads the way toward a brighter future in learning.

What’s the essence of skills-based learning, and what drove you to explore it?

For me, the allure of skills-based learning lies in its flexibility within the industry. Building upon traditional learning design, it offers a canvas for innovation. I’m motivated by the potential to redefine successful learning by combining skills-based approaches with emerging technologies like AI and VR.

How does skills-based learning reshape the learning journey for students?

In skills-based learning, the focus shifts from mere comprehension to practical application. This means more engaging materials and personalized learning pathways. Learners progress based on their mastery levels, ensuring a tailored and efficient learning experience.

Any tips for novices entering the world of skills-based design?

I recommend studying existing industry practices and seeking ways to enhance them. By incorporating real-world scenarios and leveraging features from various platforms, designers can elevate the effectiveness of skills-based education.

How do assessments in skills-based learning differ?

Assessments mirror real-world challenges, providing learners with authentic scenarios to demonstrate their skills. This fosters deeper understanding and application of knowledge compared to traditional assessments.

What sets Ease Learning apart?

At Ease Learning, our strategic partnerships drive continuous innovation. We prioritize learner success by customizing learning pathways, allowing individuals to focus on areas needing development, thus accelerating their mastery.

How do you identify relevant skills for inclusion in programs?

Collaborating with industry employers helps us identify pertinent skills. This real-world insight aids in designing tailored training programs aligned with industry needs.

How are learning modules structured to accommodate diverse learning styles?

We apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, ensuring accessibility for all learners. By allowing individuals to progress at their own pace and focus on areas of improvement, we foster an inclusive learning environment.

Which methodologies and tools are most effective for skill acquisition and retention?

Active, hands-on learning tied to real-life experiences facilitates natural knowledge acquisition and retention. By simulating real-world scenarios, we enhance skill acquisition and ensure long-term retention among learners.

What market shifts have fueled the focus on skills-based approaches, and why now?

The shortcomings of traditional higher education models have become increasingly apparent. Prioritizing skills over degrees bridges the gap between academia and industry requirements, preparing learners for success in today’s workforce.

Why is Ease Learning uniquely positioned in learning design?

Ease’s commitment to innovation and learner-centric design sets us apart. With a collaborative approach and deep understanding of industry challenges, we’ve been laying the groundwork for skills-based education, poised to revolutionize the learning landscape.

Amber Johnston, Lead Learning Experience Designer at Ease Learning

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Higher Education

Our unique combination of learning design and development services, managed help desk support and skills assessment solutions prepare your students for the jobs of tomorrow and empower your instructors to deliver an inclusive experience for their students.

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Our tech-enabled solutions identify skills gaps in your workforce. Paired with our learning design and development services we help to fill those gaps with impactful, accessible and equitable program developments, assessments and improvements.

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It is vital to create accountability and transparency around validation of skills in onboarding and ongoing training programs. We help you authenticate skills for various healthcare job tracks while powering your ongoing training solutions.

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