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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

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

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

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

Transformation of Branding: From Mission to Radical Activism

eLearningworld News on Design Thinking Several leading designers predict on FastCoDesign.com the trends of branding during 2017. The most ground-breaking transformation is that the conventional wisdom that brands should not talk politics is making a u-turn to that it actually should include political activism. After Trump and Brexit and other disruptions of the direction that the world generally is turning, towards involvement, humanism and interdependence/connection, brands will take a political stand since this is actually … Continue reading

Taking on 21st Century Educational Challenges with EDInnovation Centres

eLearningworld News from Norway At a ceremony, February 1, the Norwegian Minister of Education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, opened two new centres to boost innovation in higher education and improve quality. The centres that are located in Trondheim are connected to the NORD University and are called Engage – Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship and EXcITEd – Excellent IT Education. EXcITEd will focus on to develop new methods for students to learn where the key … Continue reading

Taking the lead to build 21th Century School

eLearningworld News from Helsinki, Finland Many trend reports are being published in the beginning of the year on education in general as well as edtech, but many of the most workable innovations are already implemented in the Finnish schools. In an interview with Pasi Silander, Digitalization Leader of the City of Helsinki, Finland, by eGov Innovation, four essential points for the success of the Finnish school is presented: 1. Learner-centred education-environment where the pedagogy is … Continue reading