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Augmented Reality forms a bridge between informal- and formal Learning

A research project of Helsinki University focuses on the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology for learning. It is directed on the motivational and cognitive aspects and shows promising results. The outcome is based on 146 participants, 12-year old Finnish pupils, that was visiting a science centre exhibition. Professor Hannu Salmi from the University of Helsinki comments: “Several ICT-based educational materials are old-fashioned. The text-books have only been converted into digital form. However, by the… Continue reading

3D-Printing in Education – Digitization of Things takes learning to a new level

Think of a future where all things are created without any waste, with personalised design and with a machine that could be in everybody’s home. Buy an item on the internet. You receive a drawing that you can adapt to your own requirements or build the item by yourself from the ground up. Then use your 3D-printer, start it up. This is not manufacturing. It should be termed building and construction. Where you receive the… Continue reading

Students developing entrepreneurial skills in startup competition

In their efforts of developing entrepreneurial skills, 33 teams of students at Purdue University is competing in the startup competition. The prize is totally $115 000 that will be awarded by a panel of alumni with entrepreneurial backgrounds. The prime goal is for the students to develop entrepreneurial competence. At the same time, several successful startups have grown out of the competition during the years it has been arranged. This includes three winners from the… Continue reading

Schoolwork mixed with practice increases motivation

Vocational school students that participate in an education where they switch between the classroom and practical work are more motivated and learn more, according to a new research report. The pilot project started in 2014-15 with students of health care, construction, cars and service in Norway. The mixed curriculum also has shown other positive outcomes including an increased understanding between school and business. The Norwegian Minister of Education, Jan Tore Sanner, comments in the following… Continue reading

Rethinking Math – getting the numbers right or solving problems

In the TV-series Numbers Professor of Mathematics, Charlie Eppes is helping FBI to solve crimes with his special knowledge and skills. One can perhaps question the TV-series title since the core is not the numbers in itself but how to use them to solve in this case crimes. But it could be practically anything in the society and nature. Below is a scene from Numbers about the Game Theory and the principle of prisoners dilemma… Continue reading

Training 4.0 – Introducing a new virtual vision for vocational training

eLearningworld News As the government that first introduced Industry 4.0, the German government now is putting Training 4.0 into practice. The focus is to support the use of virtual reality- and augmented reality technologies to improve the visualisation and the learning by doing environment for vocational training and to boost understanding. Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research comments in the following way: “Training 4.0 opens up new opportunities… Continue reading

Boosting qualitative and effective apprenticeships in Europe

eLearningworld News The European Commission has identified 14 criteria that EU countries and stakeholders should use to develop qualitative and effective apprenticeships across Europe. The criteria includes learning and working conditions, like written contract; learning outcomes, pedagogical support, pay and/or compensation, as well as work, health and safety conditions. Other criteria concerns framework conditions, like regulatory framework, support for companies and career guidance. The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen,… Continue reading

Open Creativity – Building a Public Makerspace

eLearningworld News Learning by doing in creative work is the spirit of the digital age, and it in this spirit the Ashland Innovation Center opened last month. The center is equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers and other high-tech tools, and are at moment open to high school students in all Ashland’s schools, but the goal is to open it to the whole Ashland Community. Besides access to the makerspace tools the center offers workshops… Continue reading

Building a humanities science lab

eLearningworld News from Indiana University In a natural science, a lab is a common part of the education to experiment, explore, calculate, ask and answer questions in a trial and error mode. But in the humanities sciences, this form of learning by doing pedagogy is very rare. Since before the breakthrough of digital technologies the humanities science “lab” was generally the library. Now in the digital age, a great example of taking advantage of the… Continue reading

Latest News: What Millennials find most important in a Workplace

eLearningworld News from US The most important bonus Millennials want in their working life, according to new research from Bersin by Deloitte, is not cash bonuses or greater vacation allowances, but instead it is more relevant training and development (T&D) opportunities. 22% preferred T&D before more flexible hours (19%), cash bonuses (14%) and greater vacation allowances (8%). 66% of the Millennials also want to be creative in their workplace and 80% want appraisals on their… Continue reading