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How to develop Soft Skills and Expertise in an EdTech and Neuroscience perspective

eLearningworld News All learning depends on the rewiring of neurons into new patterns. From this prerequisite, it takes 10 000 hours of learning to become an expert within a certain field according to recent research. The new rewired patterns in the brain once established creates a new unconscious competence and when focused on one selected field it creates expertise. However, to reach this level you also require soft skills, meaning the ability to critical thinking, … Continue reading

Today’s and future teaching and learning according to MIT

eLearningworld News The first-ever Festival of Learning took place at MIT February 1-2 where the focus was set on to discuss and share recent advances in education technology. Professor Emmanuel Sachs demonstrated the use of a process he calls “guided discovery”. It is a method where students observe physical laws by manipulating simple physical objects, rubber bars, and beams that have been created specifically as teaching tools. “I want them to feel as if they … Continue reading

Liberal Arts and Emotional Intelligence leads towards a bright Future

eLearningworld News Professor Joseph LeDoux at New York University and Richard Brown, professor at the City University of New York, conclude in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that: “Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information.” In other words, emotions are a response to what our brain receives and collects and not some form of … Continue reading

If anybody thinks edtech does not transform the foundation of education, think again!

The future of education is cross-disciplinary, one-size-fit-all classroom education becomes an adaptive learning environment, educational publishers becoming learning science companies, and as facts in an ever-changing world fast gets obsolete focus instead will be set on analysis, understanding and learning by doing etc., especially since the student has a knowledge-bank called the web is at her fingertips. In this spirit, Penn State University now is opening the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD). The … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence as the driver of personalised design

eLearningworld Design News The development of Artificial Intelligence is one of the main drivers for increasingly more personalised content. At last week’s Learning Technologies Conference in London, Thimon de Jong, strategy expert, described this as “the you know me”-era. An ongoing transformation that calls for a new mindset from designers of learning and other forms of content. In this spirit, CNBC News reporting about Google and H&M’s joint project in developing an app that allows … Continue reading

Designing for the senses beyond visual

Designing invisible interaction that plays with the senses are a key trend in design thinking, where the experience of the receiver somehow beyond the visual outlook should be hands-on-useful. This could mean sound, touch or something else that attract attention for the human senses. One example is Tobii’s eye-tracking technology that is being integrated into more and more devices. Hana Tanimura, senior designer, Google Creative Lab, said the following to the Drum about sound in … Continue reading

Ten million Students get access to the eLearning World

eLearningworld HigherED News Association of African Universities (AAU) has signed an agreement with eLearnAfrica to give ten million students access to higher education through online learning. With this agreement, higher education can be accessed everywhere, including rural areas. “We’re glad to welcome early adapters, like the Zambian Open University, that already offer online degrees. Now, with this agreement with the AAU, we’ll be able to support more universities to make the jump to e-learning,” Brook … Continue reading

The main Pathway for Fake News to go Viral, according to new research

eLearningworld Research News New research from Pew Research Center on individuals’ online news habits shows that the most common sources used are news websites (36%) and social media (35%) while search engines (20%) and email/text etc. from news organisations (15%) or family friends (7%) are less common. The research was performed over the course of one week and included 3827 US-citizen where 2078 finished the required number of surveys. The result also shows differences between … Continue reading

Storytelling – communication with a human multidimensional touch

Pure information is one-dimensional and often lacks the ability to ensure the receiver of the accuracy of what is communicated. Since such computer-like data is really boring and does not form bridges to engagement. The solution is that you need something to satisfy the audience’s emotional intelligence, which means your information should become multidimensional in order to humanize the information. This is where your storytelling begins. As Annette Simmons writes: “An image says more than … Continue reading

Building a humanities science lab

eLearningworld News from Indiana University In a natural science, a lab is a common part of the education to experiment, explore, calculate, ask and answer questions in a trial and error mode. But in the humanities sciences, this form of learning by doing pedagogy is very rare. Since before the breakthrough of digital technologies the humanities science “lab” was generally the library. Now in the digital age, a great example of taking advantage of the … Continue reading