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How a word becomes a metaphor, new research from Lehigh University

eLearningworld News Languages develops over time, but we have little knowledge about how. To decrease this deficit the first large-scale study that researching the evolution of words has been published that includes 5000 English metaphorical mapping records within the time-scope of the past 1100 years. The research-project is conducted by Lehigh University and the University of California, Berkeley. Barbara Malt, professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Science Program at Lehigh University explains: “The … Continue reading

Robot learns to compose its own music

eLearningworld News Shimon is a robot at the Center of Music Technology and School of Music, Georgia Institute of Technology, with the ability write and play its own music compositions. With the force of artificial intelligence and deep learning it autonomously without human interference selects bits from 5000 complete song compositions ranging from Beethoven to Lady Gaga. The first two compositions is now published on YouTube with Shimon playing with its four arms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j82nYLOnKtM and … Continue reading

Automated text analysis to improve student’s writing from Michigan University

eLearningworld News This autumn automated text analysis will be tested in one course at Michigan University — Statistics 250, after the upgrade of the M-Write application that is developed by the university. The main goal with the upgrade was to implement writing-to-learn pedagogies in large enrollment courses. Such courses that require a higher level of automation in order to fast identify the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s writing submission and improve the prospects of … Continue reading

Robots, Internet of things etc. What do people think? New Danish survey

eLearningworld News A new Danish survey from Nordstat shows that 32% of the Danes embrace the development of digital technologies and believe it will create new and workable opportunities for them in the future. While 15% fears an interconnected future with robots and IoT, e.g. because of the fear of losing the job. The group the most fears the development of digital technologies is voters of the xenophobic party, Dansk Folkeparti. 20% of the participants … Continue reading

69% IT-professionals says online learning more effective than offline education

eLearningworld News In a survey targeting  IT-professionals in India about how they want to learn the main results shows that a large majority prefer online learning instead of offline education. Only 8% believed instructor-led classes to be effective learning, while they preferred freedom in learning instead of directed. The learning styles the 568 IT-professionals that participated in the survey preferred was Just-in-time learning, it should be byte-sized with different forms of repetition. The most interesting … Continue reading

Several dimensions of Vocational Education improves with Edtech, pilot project shows

eLearningworld News Ten Danish vocational schools has participated in the pilot project ”IT as pedagogic tool in vocational education”. The main result of the data that has been systematically collected is that 1. using IT in vocational education increases the students motivation och engagement, 2. IT improves the diversity in the education, which makes it better adapt to different learning styles, 3. edtech form a bridge between the education in school and the internship at … Continue reading

The design thinking process of building a drone for disaster-zones, MIT research

eLearningworld News Engineers at MIT have designed a drone that can work without interruption for more than five days. At the same time as it stays connected, and can continue gathering data as well as provide temporary telecommunication, even if it is in a disaster zone where communication-problems goes with the territory. However, these vehicles do already exist, but the engineers at MIT have with new design managed to lower the cost dramatically, while the … Continue reading

The next generation of robots more flexible and sensitive, research projects from MIT

eLearningworld News GelSight sensors is a new technology for robots that has been developed at MIT. It uses physical contact with objects to provide a detailed 3D map of its surface and thereby determine what the object is. By putting the GelSight sensor on the grippers of the robot’s arm it can also determine the hardness of the object it touches and chooses the right object in a collection that looks similar. These skills are … Continue reading

Future school: Social and emotional learning to develop five crucial skills

eLearningworld News Professor Mark Greenberg at Penn State University identify three reasons to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools in an article in the special issue of the journal The Future of Children: “First, schools are ideal sites for interventions with children. Second, school-based SEL programs can improve students’ competence, enhance their academic achievement, and make them less likely to experience future behavioral and emotional problems. Third, evidence-based SEL interventions in all schools … Continue reading

Game for children to develop social emotional skills, research from Oregon State University

eLearningworld News Social and emotional learning skills are one of the main pillars to a child’s success in school and later in life. But still, the understanding how to boost those skills is lagging behind. Megan McClelland, the Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, research is targeting this problem. The main focus is set on the important role … Continue reading