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Attracting tourism with eLearning-programme and games

eLearningworld News Visit Norway is now launching an eLearning-programme called “Norway Expert” to engage and attract tourism to the country. In an interactive multimedia experience the programme answers questions like: Isn’t it always cold in Norway? When can I see the midnight sun and the northern lights? What is there to do in Norway? It is available in seven languages, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Where the first campaign is directed towards travel trade … Continue reading

EDTech and Renewable Energy to growth hack Africa

eLearningworld News 17 million of 128 million children (13%) in the school-age in Africa will never go to school because of lack of access and/or the fact that the format of traditional education does not suit their living conditions. In addition, the average age of the African population is 19.5 years, which means that it is a very young continent where 60 percent live in rural areas often far from educational centres. This is the foundation … Continue reading

Innovative EdTech solutions bringing refugees a bridge to a brighter future in Africa

eLearningworld News According to UNHCR: “More than 65 million people are currently uprooted by wars and persecution worldwide, including more than 21 million refugees. Half of them are children, far too many of whom are missing out on an education. According to a UNHCR report, only 50 per cent are enrolled in primary school, 22 per cent in secondary, and one per cent in tertiary education.” But there are good examples of hope of a … Continue reading

Brazil Supreme Court equates Printed books and eBooks, removes the tax on the latter

eLearningworld News After the European Court of Justice ruling that an ebook should not be considered as a book and ebooks should continue to suffer of full VAT-rate, a similar case has been ruled in the Brazil Supreme Court this week, with the opposite outcome. The results of the ruling are that tax will not be allowed on any book-format. With this ruling, digital versions of books are practically indistinguishable from their physical versions. Reading … Continue reading

Taking the Lead in Research of making Higher Education Digital

eLearningworld News The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now launching a nationwide research-project of how the virtual lecture hall should be designed. It concerns questions of best practice to use digital media for experiments, visualisation improvements with digital media, design and evaluation of examinations etc. An expert jury has selected 20 individual and joint projects at 39 institutes all over Germany that focus on the opportunities and risks of the research … Continue reading

Putting a national digital school strategy into practice

eLearningworld News As the last of the Nordic Countries, the Swedish government now has announced the implementation of a promising national strategy for digitization of primary- and secondary school. Today the map of school digitization in Sweden is very diversified where the pupils in some municipalities receive their own computer/tablet and where most teaching tools and content are digital, to others that are stuck in the 1980s contexts with a computer room with a few … Continue reading

New survey about Germans view of the future working life until 2030s

eLearningworld News According to a new survey initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) people have mixed feelings about the profound transformation and digitization of working life. 58 percent of respondents expect that jobs are lost due to the impending changes, which will cause unrest, and that the difference between high and low salaries will increase (83 percent). The main solution to this insecurity is, according to 90 percent, lifelong learning, … Continue reading

The European Court of Justice ruling differentiates freedom of expression

eLearningworld News The European Court of Justice still values the freedom of expression in a printed publication higher than a digital publication according to its recent VAT-ruling where a reduced rate will not be allowed on digital publications. Besides the problem that the higher VAT on digital publications is an obstacle for a blooming digital publishing industry and its authors, it is a further democratic problem in the sense that digital publishing is open for all … Continue reading

Universities as the engine of social entrepreneurship

eLearningworld Entrepreneurial News In Stanford Social Innovation Review, Ben Mangan, Claire Markham and Kristiana Raube, all connected to Berkeley-Haas, identifies three ways for universities to become engines of social entrepreneurship. The platforms to build social enterprise, according to the authors, should include open doors to the classrooms of the voices of stakeholders. Meaning that it should work as a flipped classroom with focus on real life experience within the classroom. The second point is that … Continue reading

The psychology of learning motivation – new cross-border research

eLearningworld Science News Research on learning motivation until now has been rather general, according to Dr Julia Dietrich of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (FSU). In a new research project in collaboration with Jaana Viljaranta (University of Eastern Finland), Julia Moeller (Yale University) and Bärbel Kracke (FSU) the team is bringing the first building block to solve this deficit. The focus has been directed on individual’s motivation in a specific, time-limited situation, such as during … Continue reading