The making of an Educational System that works in the Digital Society

  The educational system is transforming, the edtech market booming and learning is becoming adapted to humans like machine learning is adapted to artificial intelligence. So, let’s dig deeper of what the latter means in practice with a focus on five areas: Evaluating learning performance, soft skills development, relevance and inspiration, teaching and the Lab. Evaluating learning performance The industrial society grading system for schools is rather strange. Since it starts with an A as… Continue reading

Digital Society Education – Improving Social Work with VR-Training

Can VR help to improve social work? Professor Nicholas Lanzieri at New York University has created a VR-simulation that takes the student as a social worker through New York City’s Lower East Side. Here the student will enter an environment and explore possible challenges for clients. Professor Lanzieri explains: “I’m always excited about using different technologies to really tap into learning styles and help students acquire information in different ways.” It is an excellent way… Continue reading

Design Thinking and Scenario-based Learning

Talent development is one of the basic foundations and challenges to gain a competitive advantage in an ever-changing market. New findings within the field of cognitive learning theory show that current tools and methods actually work. Especially when they are combined in order to build a learning environment they become really effective. The keys to building an effective learning platform with current tools and methods are to Observe human experiences (Looking), to Analyze challenges and opportunities… Continue reading

Best Practice to develop learning experiences for Millennials

Best Practice to develop learning experiences for Millennials Time to let go of detailed curriculums and the value of statistics from learning should be used less to grade the student and more to personalise the learning experience. In this development, digitization is the main driving force. Vital sensible intelligence about the development is to be found when analysing the millennial’s preferences. Two new reports from Pew Research Center and Umeå University in Sweden about Millennials… Continue reading

Most effective LifeLong Learning exercises for Healthy Living

Most effective LifeLong Learning exercises for Healthy Living The best medicine to stay healthy longer, keep and even develop cognitive skills and remain active is to keep on learning new things. It does not necessary has to be on traditional academic courses. But to learn a new skill could be even more effective like learn how to paint. To get involved in a drama class or learn a new language. Dr Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric… Continue reading

Sweden’s first Professor of EdTech

eLearningworld News Sweden’s first Professor of EdTech Italo Masiello has become the first Professor of EdTech in Sweden at the Linné University in the south-central part of the country. In this interdisciplinary field between especially technology and pedagogy, the focus of his work will be set on digital learning processes. The new professorship also should be seen in the light of that digital competence since July 1, 2018, is a part of the national curriculum in… Continue reading

5G EdTech Challenge: $1 million to the best AI, AR or VR solution

eLearningworld News Verizon is launching a US-nationwide Challenge October 15 with focus on the best 5G empowered EdTech to transform middle school education. The target groups for the competition are nonprofit EdTech developers like research groups and universities, and the winners of the challenge will share totally $1 million. With 5G as the engine of Edtech technologies, the winner is expected to be found in Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality developers. As the… Continue reading

Introducing Robots in School and Elderly Care

eLearningworld News The municipality of Norrköping in central-eastern Sweden is now introducing robots in school to initially explore the use in education and later also in elderly care. As the digitization is speeding up and coding is being introduced in school the municipality is introducing five humanoid robots that will enter the public education. Where the purpose is that the robots will be a compliment and a tool for the teachers in their teaching. The… Continue reading

Obstacles for Schools to go Digital in Sweden

Last year the Swedish government introduced a national digitization plan for schools. The plan includes that the local authorities should offer a workable digital infrastructure as well as a detailed strategy for adapting schools to the digital society’s requirements. In a new book by Åke Grönlund, Professor of Informatics and Matilda Wiklund at the Örebro University, the authors identify this foundation for the digitization of school as a bottleneck. During three years the researchers have… Continue reading

Gamification and learning – developing assessment Part 2

Fresh knowledge has in most cases an expiry date. In the new century, it is often much closer than before. The societal transformation that took decades during the past centuries now takes years and sometimes months. Despite this, the school-system still focuses on distributing and measuring knowledge. This is troublesome since it to a large extent prepares the learners with the knowledge that concerns yesterday’s news. Deficits with traditional testing Besides the problems with the… Continue reading