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Creative environments: Six fundamental principles

Describing the research of creativity is like the fable of the blind men trying to describe an elephant by touching different parts of its body. One of them touches the tail and says that it is like a snake, another touches the body and says that it is like a wall and so on. Consequently, you have to see the whole picture to get the image straight. Further the image of researching creativity is becoming… Continue reading

Reading on paper and computer screen, what are the differences?

There are significant differences between how people read a text on a computer-screen in comparison to a printed page. Studies show that when somebody reads a printed page she often reads word by word and row after row. While web pages research  shows that 79% of the participants in a test instead scan the text. The participants of the test stopped at specific words and phrases, and jumped further downwards the web-text. A later study… Continue reading

Substitute to Coffee? To sync brain waves to improve performance

eLearningworld News New research from Boston University shows that brain waves can be hacked in order to improve cognitive skills and could eventually work as a substitute to coffee. The focus of the research has been directed on two brain areas the medial frontal cortex that handles situations when you make a mistake or get surprised, and the lateral prefrontal cortex with focus on rules and goals. These are the two brain areas that often… Continue reading

Social interaction and gamification inspire to increase exercise

eLearningworld News New research from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Medicine shows that the company of a friend and a gamified application is the best environment to reach your exercising goals. This means that social interaction and a gamified mechanisms that are challenging and competitive is the main driving forces. In this spirit, these activity trackers including designed gaming elements increased daily step counts by nearly… Continue reading

Building an Engaging Business – Go Aim Make Entertain

What will make your business rock? Make your customers, clients, visitor stay longer, buy more and enjoy doing it? As a matter of fact “doing” is really the keyword for the solution. This leads us to the Maker Market, which foundation, however, is creating things yourself, but what if you implement such mechanisms into your business in a spirit of fun. Do you think that you then would be the joke of your market or… Continue reading

Boosting qualitative and effective apprenticeships in Europe

eLearningworld News The European Commission has identified 14 criteria that EU countries and stakeholders should use to develop qualitative and effective apprenticeships across Europe. The criteria includes learning and working conditions, like written contract; learning outcomes, pedagogical support, pay and/or compensation, as well as work, health and safety conditions. Other criteria concerns framework conditions, like regulatory framework, support for companies and career guidance. The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen,… Continue reading

Strategy Games or Action Games which Cognitive skills do they train?

eLearningworld News A new study shows interesting results of how different video game types affect white matter in the brain and cognitive skills. The research focussed on the impact of strategy games and action games. The lead researcher of the study, Chandramallika Basak, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas, explains. “When researchers use video games as a tool for cognitive enhancement, they assume that game performance relies… Continue reading

Make Neuroscience a part of Teacher Training

eLearningworld News Learning how the brain works when learning is an important part of improving pedagogy and to help pupils learn how to learn. Unfortunately, this area is overlooked, according to Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University, California. She says: “That is when kids start falling off as they think they’re just not a maths person which just isn’t true at all. They just don’t know how to learn effectively and so they… Continue reading

Open Creativity – Building a Public Makerspace

eLearningworld News Learning by doing in creative work is the spirit of the digital age, and it in this spirit the Ashland Innovation Center opened last month. The center is equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers and other high-tech tools, and are at moment open to high school students in all Ashland’s schools, but the goal is to open it to the whole Ashland Community. Besides access to the makerspace tools the center offers workshops… Continue reading

The secret of humans long-term memory, new research

eLearningworld News After 30-year of research, John Lisman, Zalman Abraham Kekst Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology, Brandeis University, has discovered the molecule that stores long-term memories. The research study presented  in the online edition of Neuron is seen as a major breakthrough as it solves one of the oldest mysteries of neuroscience on how the brain creates and retain memories. And as it opens up several new interesting direction for further research. “Just… Continue reading