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Swedish Minister of Secondary School Education criticizing “influencer” education

eLearningworld News Thoren Innovation School, a secondary school in Sweden, will in its Aesthetics programme offer a course to improve competence in content marketing and communication within the field of digital influencing e.g. on YouTube. This has generated heavy criticism from the Swedish Minister of Secondary School Education, Anna Ekström: ”The very thought of this becoming a job of the future for a great number of youngsters is as unrealistic as it is ridiculous.” These… Continue reading

Reforming Secondary School for the Challenges of the 21st Century

eLearningworld News The Minister of National Education, Childhood and Youth in Luxembourg, Claude Meisch is now taking one more step to adapting the secondary school to the 21st Century’s labour market. At the presentation February 6 he introduced three new fields geared towards the professions of the future 1. environmental science, 2. architecture, design and sustainable development and 3. management with the focus on tourism. In concern of existing fields, the Minister of Education put… Continue reading

AI that has the ability to learn like a child

eLearningworld News Artificial intelligence is not at all smart. As a matter of fact, a three-month-baby is much smarter than any AI-system, which is something that researchers at MIT have acknowledged. The team has started exploring the fundamentals of human intelligence with the aim to in the first step “reverse-engineer human intelligence” and in then in the longer term build a machine that learns like a baby, and in the next step a child. To… Continue reading

Virtual job coach that detects real-time social and emotional signals

eLearningworld News Let’s recapture a scenario that most people will enter, the job interview, including the tension and fears of making mistakes, giving the wrong impression. Of course, you can have training sessions with human job coaches, but they still will be during a limited time, and the outcome to a large extent will depend on your mood at that particular moment. To improve this form training the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has… Continue reading

Mentorspace to make education entrepreneurial with digital as a power source

eLearningworld News Kista Mentorspace is a resource at the KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY in Stockholm where students from different fields meet to bring life to their knowledge and skills with digital technology.  But it is also open to business and other organisations as well as teachers in primary and secondary school to help them integrate digital solutions in their field of work. The goal is to develop an environment of digital creation and entrepreneurship… Continue reading

Edtech competition of best practice to support education leaders

eLearningworld News What is best practice to use technology to improve education? To answer this question MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America has launched a new competition with the focus on the best models and support to identify the most effective uses of educational technology. This should be seen in the light of that the spending on edtech increases dramatically and this grows a demand for evidence-based research of what actually… Continue reading

Design thinking skills tested in speedy Game Development Competition

eLearningworld News The yearly game development competition at digital arts department at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts for the first time was opened for external competitors. The mission for the 180 participants was to develop a game from scratch in 76 hours, the average time in general to develop a game is 18 months.  Katy Little, programme leader for games design at the University of Cumbria, commented in the following way: “The… Continue reading

The benefits of using robots in class

eLearningworld News The research report: Hybrid Learning in Higher Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated Communication by Benjamin Gleason, Iowa State University and Christine Greenhow, Michigan State University, shows that robots could form an engaging bridge between online learners as well as with students that are physically present in class. The method is termed blended hybrid learning and Michigan State University has taken the lead in the development by a project that… Continue reading

How Blockchain technology can impact Education

eLearningworld News A new report called “Blockchain in Education” from European Commission shows the prospects of using blockchain technology in education and its potential to transform the field. The main conclusion is that: “Blockchain technology can help improve old models of data management and bring benefits to learners and educational institutions in the EU – if policymakers are well prepared to embrace the change.” The last part is very important and should be seen in… Continue reading

Iceland considers to remove VAT on books

eLearningworld News The new government of Iceland plans to remove the VAT on books as a result of decreasing book sales and diminishing reading- and writing skills among the Icelanders. The Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that as a country that can be seen as the land of books with long storytelling traditions, the new proposal intends to improve the conditions for book publishers and the readers. In addition, the proposal also includes new possibilities… Continue reading