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Interactive Learning in a Group

Research from Lund University leads the way The opposite of interactive learning is passive learning, which involves observing a learning process or just listens to information. With this background the Lund University researchers Daniel Hellström and Ola Johansson, examine methods to make passive learning more interactive. They identify that one significant problem with interactive learning is that it works poorly in larger groups since there is only one channel in a classroom for response. With… Continue reading

Lifelong learning challenges and solutions Part 3

Teaching with new prerequisites and collaborative learning In part 2 in this article-series PLE or web-library method and self-studies with technical support were described. In this part we dig into the changes within traditional education according to the teaching by telling method as well as the renaissance for collaborative learning. This helps to improve the prerequisites for lifelong learning.   Teaching with new prerequisites Traditional pedagogy according to teaching by telling method can be refined… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 3

Flexible and creative learning environments in practice The Web can be described as a learning organization that has grown with the six criteria in the article “Creative environments: Six fundamental principles” as the driving force. In this article these drivers are used in the school environment based on an authentic case study of a successful Comenius Project: Efelcren1. This case also is an inspiring example of introducing an entrepreneurial spirit in schools with EU-funding. Participants… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 2

Global Education Initiative leads the way There are several barriers that must be destroyed before the entrepreneurial ecosystem can flourish. Basically, these are based on the fact that in all cultures there is a sceptical and sometimes even hostile attitude towards entrepreneurship. Media, especially television, during the recent years has begun to deal with this through various competitions and other shows with entrepreneurship at the centre. For instance British “Dragons Den” and its American counterpart… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 1

Global Education Initiative leads the way Entrepreneurship involves individual’s ability to convert ideas to functional services and products, and further to market success. These characteristics demand high-level of creativity and self-esteem. This is also the starting-point of the study Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs: Unlocking Entrepreneurial Capabilities to Meet the Global Challenges of the 21st Century presented at World Economic Forum 2010. Entrepreneurship should be according to the study permeated in all aspects of… Continue reading

”Follow the Leader” instead of creative competition

The market- and human resource department is out of step with the development. All too many still is running in the same old ingrained ruts with ramparts on both sides of the road. Terms like cultural know-how and scenario analysis is often recognised in theory but it is rarely guiding the day-to-day business operations. This does not comply with the complex and dynamic global environment where traditional borders means much less than before. Qualitative analysis… Continue reading

Digital Reading Comprehension – from Pisa to Carr

In the 2009 PISA-survey of student knowledge in various subjects digital reading comprehension was included for the first time. Sixteen OECD-members and three partner-countries took part. The results show no direct relationship between more computer-use and higher digital reading comprehension. However, there is a direct correlation between the skills to navigate to relevant pages on the web and high digital reading comprehension. The study’s authors’ makes the following conclusion: “Navigation is a key component of… Continue reading

Computer-based tools that overcome natural obstacles in the learning process 2

Theme Visualization Part 2:Translating communications- and brain research theory to practice The computer used the right way can overcome natural barriers in traditional classroom education. In addition to visualization and facilitate activity in the computer-based tools, these tools can also work as the activating trigger in the traditional classroom. Communications scholar James E. Gruner argues that the following variables determine whether a group of listeners is activated or not in a teaching situation. – Ability… Continue reading

Computer-based tools to overcome obstacles in the learning process

Visualization Part 1: Translating communications- and brain research theory to practice A computer is designed with the human brain as a model. It includes a sensory system that is a poorer version of the human senses. While the computer’s operating memory (RAM) often can be a more powerful information processor than the working memory of the human brain. The third part is the hard drive that corresponds to human’s long-term memory. These similarities and the… Continue reading