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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

If anybody thinks edtech does not transform the foundation of education, think again!

The future of education is cross-disciplinary, one-size-fit-all classroom education becomes an adaptive learning environment, educational publishers becoming learning science companies, and as facts in an ever-changing world fast gets obsolete focus instead will be set on analysis, understanding and learning by doing etc., especially since the student has a knowledge-bank called the web is at her fingertips. In this spirit, Penn State University now is opening the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD). The … 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

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

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

Using robots in school education – The pupils becoming teachers

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has started a new research project where pupils are becoming the teacher to educate a robot. The robot is programmed as “the ideal pupil” with the characteristics that it is curious, want to understand everything and ask constant flow of questions. In this spirit, the teaching-to-learn-pedagogy, has shown to be a very effective form of learning, both as a method but also that the robots curious will to know and … Continue reading

Advanced Environmental studies in School – A Digital Lab makes it possible

eLearningworld News from Gothenburg New research from the University of Gothenburg shows the benefits of using digital technology in environmental class. Since it makes it possible to perform complex analysis and observations that show great prospects to boost understanding as well as teaching quality. The researcher Emma Edstrand has looked at two digital tools, one virtual lab that analysis ocean acidification and one carbon dioxide calculator. In the virtual lab, the pupils can experiment how different … Continue reading

Building bridges with Online Learning to educate the uneducated

eLearningworld News from Dubai “About 20 000 Pakistani children in the UAE are sitting at home without an education because their parents cannot afford the fees of private schools and community Pakistani schools are full” Samina Nasir former principal of a Pakistani school in Ajman, said to the National. Now an online learning project that targets these children has started for Primary School, grade 1 to 6. Soon grade 7 to 10 will be offered and … Continue reading

Building a modern Learning Environment: Trends and Strategy

One useful concept, one useful technology and one useful device that boost a modern learning environment. Micro-courses Google introduced the term micro-moments as a key for successful digital marketing. This refers to the spaces in life when you are ready to get engaged in order to fulfil a need and are open to make it happen. In this spirit when it comes to the need to learn micro-courses are the answer. Meaning, concentrated experiences to … Continue reading