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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

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

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

Celebrating 30 years of Learning across European Borders

eLearningworld News from Berlin 1987 the student exchange program Erasmus of the European Union was launched and now on the 30th birthday, a ceremony is held in Berlin. EU-Commissioner of Education Tibor Navracsics and the German Minister of Education Johanna Wanka both participated in the ceremony, she said: “There is no more passionate ambassador for a common Europe than people who have themselves experienced how enriching it is to get to know other cultures. We … Continue reading

How smartphones can improve social science

eLearningworld News from US Ten years ago, a new dimension of design thinking was launched when Steve Jobs introduced its coming revolution on the mobile phone market. The iPhone did not only offer a new design and integration of new functionality, it also worked to redesign human behaviour. Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, writes about the smartphone technology to revolutionize behavioral science: “That’s because, for the first time in … Continue reading

Latest News: Design Thinking and Virtual Reality in Higher Education

eLearningworld News from US The timing is right for progress of human-centered design in higher education, says Professor Kate Canales in an interview with fastcodesign.com. “Design is poised to make a huge impact in higher ed.” she continues. Design thinking for higher ed both works as a tool for students’ learning as well as a disruptive force since higher ed is growing out of its traditional business model. One example of the former is University … Continue reading

Latest News: Education-level in European Cities, No1 is?

eLearningworld News from the EU The post-industrial society has often been termed the knowledge-based society, from Eurostat has published statistics that shows the level of education in European cities. The winner with the highest degree of concentration of graduates is by far London. BBC concluding with a question: Is London going to be a new kind of city state, based on a graduate economy? Especially, since it is to a large extent differing in educational level … Continue reading

Latest News: Do you plan to study? Why not in Latin America?

eLearningworld News from South America Times Higher Education ranking of the best universities in Latin America shows that Brazil holds five of the top ten positions, where University of São Paulo is number 1 while the State University of Campinas is on the 2nd place. Chile is on the following two places, where Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (3rd) and the University of Chile (4th). While Mexico holds position 8 and 9, with the Monterrey … Continue reading