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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

Cultural differences affect Cognitive Skills, according to new research

eLearningworld News A new study led by the University of Cambridge that was published in the journal Psychological Science shows important differences in cognitive skills among young people, while these differences are not recognized among their parents. The research targeted totally 1428 children and their parents in United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Everybody completed the same four tasks that measured executive function skills related to inhibition, working memory, task switching, and planning. For instance when… Continue reading

How skills develop with online video gaming

eLearningworld News Learning by doing is the foundation of skills development, but what kind of practice works best? Jeff Huang, a computer science professor at Brown University and his research team used data from online video games, not only to study what kinds of practice that makes people acquire skills, but also how the performance could be optimized into other fields. Professor Huang comments the results of the research in the following way: “What this… Continue reading

Latest News: Germany’s first Smart School opened in Saarbrücken

eLearningworld News from Germany Smartphones everybody knows about, smart cities are being introduced in the spirit of sustainability and effective technical and logistic solutions etc. But what about smart schools? Fast Internet in the whole the school building, interactive whiteboards, cloud services and virtual reality, in a smart school of the digital age this should be a part of everyday life. Now the first German smart school has opened in Saarbrücken with focus set to… Continue reading