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Digital tools improve the reading skills, new research

New research from Linnæus University in south-central Sweden shows promising results in using digital tools to improve writing- and reading skills. The researcher Thomas Nordström has analysed two methods where the first is to use continual digital assessments for everybody and then use the result to personalise the training of reading and writing. The second focused on pupils with reading and writing disabilities and use of assisting technologies like text-to-speech- and speech-to-text-features. Where the technology… Continue reading

Social Media design not that social, according to new research

Social media like Facebook and Instagram are poorly designed for social interaction but are instead directed on finishing specific tasks, according to new research from Umeå University in the northern part of Sweden. This means that social media is designed in the same way that interaction designers are designing for communication between people and digital devices. The author of the doctoral thesis Aesthetics of Being Together, Christoffel Kuenen, suggests another approach to design that favours… Continue reading

The impact of Characters in Storytelling, new research

New research from McMaster University in Canada shows new interesting results on the impact of one of the most ancient and engaging art forms, namely storytelling. The focus of the research was the mechanisms of storytelling and the results show: “… that no matter how a narrative is expressed—through words, gestures or drawings—our brains relate best to the characters, focusing on the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist of each story.” This means that people… Continue reading

Multiple-choice questions – what are they good for? New research on Learning Design

LEARNING DESIGN IN PRACTICE FOR EVERYBODY  > PART5 > NEW SECTION OCTOBRE 4 2018 Multiple-choice questions have been the main type of exercise for testing and evaluating knowledge of the past 100 years. New research by Associate Professor of Education and  Psychological & Brain Sciences Andrew C. Butler at Washington University in St. Louis takes the concept one step further. His research shows not only best practice for using multiple-choice questions in tests and assessment,… Continue reading

After Digitization? New Research Program of Quantum Technologies

After Digitization? New Research Program of Quantum Technologies eLearningworld News The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announces the approval of a new research program within the field of Quantum physics and technologies. The program framework is described as research for “quantum technologies – from the basics to the market” with total funding of €650 million. “We want to continue and expand the strong position of research in Germany in the field of quantum… Continue reading

Upgrading the book’s format necessary, as a conclusion of new research

eLearningworld News A new research study based on University of Michigan survey project “Monitoring the Future” that has run since 1975 shows that only 16% of US teenagers read books outside school education, while in the 1970s the number was 60%. TV and cinema show a similar decrease in attention from teenagers. At the same time as social media for many has become an addiction with potential great negative psychological consequences. The average using social… Continue reading

The Best time to Learn a Language, new cognitive research

eLearningworld News Children learn languages much more effectively than adults a lot of evidence from research propose. New research from MIT shows that this golden era of learning a language is longer than have been suggested before. To learn the grammar of a new language is expected to last in the age of 17-18 years old. Joshua Hartshorne, an assistant professor of psychology at Boston College said the following about the study: “If you want… Continue reading

Crowdsourcing research to improve outcome

eLearningworld News Anthony Gitter and Casey Greene, both professors of Bioinformatics, wrote in 2016 a paper about biomedical applications for deep learning. Today, they have 40 collaborators whereof most of them now are regarded as co-authors of the paper. Since the professors after finishing the paper set it out for crowdsourcing. The crowdsourced version is called “Opportunities and obstacles for deep learning in biology and medicine,” and was published April 4, 2018, in the Journal… Continue reading

What AI can tell about the human brain, new research

eLearningworld News It is an often used method to use research of the human brain to develop AI-applications, but what happens if we turn the perspective around? What if the research is directed on artificial intelligence aiming to better understand the human brain? Aude Oliva of MIT said the following 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS): “The fundamental questions cognitive neuroscientists and computer scientists seek to answer are similar. They have a… Continue reading

Pupils more nuanced than media on smartphones in school, according to new research

eLearningworld News The researcher Torbjörn Ott at Gothenburg University has analysed the smartphone’s social aspects and as a tool for learning in his doctoral thesis Mobile phones in school: From disturbing objects to infrastructure for learning.  The result shows that pupils give a very nuanced image to the use of smartphones in school. On one side it can be used for cheating, disturbing by playing online games and use social media etc. during class, but… Continue reading