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Taking Language skills to the Next Level

Science fiction can often be seen as a sketch of what the future will be like. One of the most inspiring is Star Trek where the first episode was broadcasted in 1966, and new episodes and movies have kept on coming for more than half a century. One of the devices that now is becoming a reality is the universal language translator for real-time communication. Such devices are on MIT’s list of breakthrough technologies 2018,… 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

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

Promoting entrepreneurial education ahead of 1st European Education Summit

eLearningworld News Developing an entrepreneurial skill- and mindset is a key competence that supports social and economic well being, and is at the same time a required skill on todays and the future labour market. The European Commission that January 25 is arranging the first EU Education Summit ever with the aim to “laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values based education”. Besides the opening statement by Tibor… 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

Making Media Literacy Education work

eLearningworld News Not more but different media literacy education is required to equip people to be able to handle the evolving media landscape is one of Mike Caulfield that heads the Digital Polarization Initiative at the American Democracy Project messages in an article in niemanlab.org. He writes: “Recent studies seem to support this conclusion, finding that an awful lot of highly educated folks, skilled in all sorts of traditional media literacy, are hopelessly lost on… Continue reading

The most workable driving-force for learning, new research

eLearningworld News Ty Hollett, assistant professor of learning, design and technology in Penn State’s College of Education spent the summer of 2016 recording youth action-sports participants to get a better understanding of how they learn. The total material includes 200 hours of video-recordings from a skateboard-camp. The results of the research shows an environment structured as a “learning lab”, where the driving-forces are based on interest and informal learning. In the “lab” training the skills,… Continue reading

Lifelong Learning required! Research shows promising results

eLearningworld New Adult Education Survey is conducted since 2007 and has during this time shown a massive increase in people between the age 18 to 64 that takes on new educational challenges. In Germany last year, 50 percent of the Germans have taken part in some form of training. Most active in these lifelong training efforts are the group between 18-50 years, but the group aged 50-64 continually increases their engagement in learning during the… Continue reading

Physical fitness training can significantly enhance cognitive training

eLearningworld News A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that athletes cross-training to gain physical skills works in a similar way for cognitive training too. The result is based on a 18-week study of 318 healthy young adults. The research leader, Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology, comments the study in the following way: “Learning provides the foundation for acquiring new skills and updating prior beliefs in light of new knowledge and… Continue reading

Future school: Social and emotional learning to develop five crucial skills

eLearningworld News Professor Mark Greenberg at Penn State University identify three reasons to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools in an article in the special issue of the journal The Future of Children: “First, schools are ideal sites for interventions with children. Second, school-based SEL programs can improve students’ competence, enhance their academic achievement, and make them less likely to experience future behavioral and emotional problems. Third, evidence-based SEL interventions in all schools… Continue reading