The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 7: Language

The web is today the primary source of communication for contacts over national borders. Linguistic walls that could be an obstacle are teared down with imagery as well as English, lingua franca of the new age. However, this development shows several linguistic gaps, both qualitative, generation-related as well as the refusal to learn foreign languages other than English. English knocks out other languages ”English knocks out other languages” is the title of an article by… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 6: Neuroscience

Expectations of brain research The expectations on brain research have never been greater. The EU and the US gigantic multi-billion projects are only a part of a movement which has made Professor Patrick Aebischer at EPFL and others term the epoch that we now are living in the Century of Brain. The expectation on the result of this movement for more knowledge about how the brain is working is multidimensional. Christer Johansson, Professor of History… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 4: Motivation

Decrease the amount of distractions, individually adapt the course’s content and pedagogical method, and stimulate curiosity and problem solving skills. This is some of the building-blocs to a motivating brain-adapted learning environment according to seven brain-scientists that was interviewed in the daily paper Dagens Nyheter May 15, 2011. They also agree that the result of the brain research should be more commonly used as a basis for pedagogy in practice. To use Daniel Ansaris words,… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 3: Brain gym

Working memory could be described as the ability to keep information accurate during a short time-period and it is also required in order to control the capability of concentration. This ability could be trained. Not only the body must be kept in shape but also the brain must exercise in order to function accurately and to develop. Experiments on adults shows that brain gymnastics can improve the working memory and the concentration capability with up… Continue reading

From Starwars to Edutopia – George Lucas on Education

The visionary that puts eLearning on the top of the agenda Abstract concepts and isolation is education’s worst enemy, says George Lucas, the producer of the Starwars-movies, one the movie-history’s greatest successes. Lucas profound commitment for educational issues is not that commonly known. We work with computers; we work with film, Lucas said in 1991, let us combine this and create a multimedia tool for learning. From this starting point Lucas founded the non-commercial foundation Edutopia.… 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

The NML-generation speeds the development

The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers present digital competence as one of the key areas to the life-long learning. For the net-generation, defined by OECD as New Millennium Learners (NML), the problem is reversed. This generation grew up with a diversity of digital techniques and can be counted on as digital natives. Their problem is that the educational system too often is not adapted to their prerequisites and habits. NMLs are the generations… Continue reading

A developer’s dilemma: developing history for the future

Developer’s dilemma The difficulty with a puzzle is to find the right piece and place it right, with the goal that a comprehensive picture will emerge for the viewer. This has significant similarities with the development of an eLearning-course. Lots of different pieces can be used, both external and internal to be placed wherever there is a space on the screen. The difference between the work of a puzzle’s taker and an eLearning-developer is that… Continue reading