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

Human interaction: Offline- and online interactivity in learning

Learning design is tech-neutral, which means even though the term was born in our tech-savvy digital age, it works equally good for offline traditional education. Since what you want to accomplish with your learning design is the best possible mix of interaction that works for all students. Patricia Santos writes in “If you’re not seeing high levels of learner engagement, skills transfer or business impact the first step toward a solution may be to improve… Continue reading

Relevance and teaching in the digital society Part 2

The first part of this article e.g. claimed that the educational content in the industrial age was “made artificial to humans”, this meant a school where a lot of the teaching and learning was taken out of its context and thereby also usefulness. Some of the knowledge and skills easily could be reconnected to life- and societal contexts. But way too much was useless in itself or the usefulness was not that apparent. The division… Continue reading

Digital Society Education – No more Ranking from Exam results

As the number 1 in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) education rankings 2016, Singapore is now taking one further step to improve and adapt the educational system to the digital society.  Ong Ye Kung, Education Minister of Singapore, says: “Learning is not a competition”. In this spirit, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is planning a series of changes that all are aimed at discouraging comparisons between student performance and encourage individuals to… 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

The psychology of learning motivation – new cross-border research

eLearningworld Science News Research on learning motivation until now has been rather general, according to Dr Julia Dietrich of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (FSU). In a new research project in collaboration with Jaana Viljaranta (University of Eastern Finland), Julia Moeller (Yale University) and Bärbel Kracke (FSU) the team is bringing the first building block to solve this deficit. The focus has been directed on individual’s motivation in a specific, time-limited situation, such as during… Continue reading

Latest News: eLearning-programmes at Athens University a great success story

eLearningworld News from Greece For the past 15 years the E-Learning Center of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens has trained more than 45 000 people in many different fields, e.g. Economics, Health, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Architecture. This includes everything from Greek Philosophy to the Culture of Olive Oil and Modern Greek for non Greek speakers. All courses are given in English and there are over 200 programs and courses available. The courses are… Continue reading

Latest News: New Visualisation Technology to boost interest in Natural Science

eLearningworld News from Sweden and Norway The interactive visualisation table, Inside Explorer, improves the experience for visitors at museums, science centres and other learning environments by bringing items to life in a 3D virtual reality mode. The items has been 3D-scanned with x-ray and other scanning technologies, which in the other end makes the visitors experience to a authentic 3D-tour on several science fields e.g. human anatomy and technological constructions. The visualisation table that already… Continue reading

3D Digitalisation for Museum and Learning Environments

eLearningworld News from Sweden The market for 3D-digitalisation-services is growing fast. In this field the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT is running several successful research projects. One has been directed on developing the technology of the virtual autopsy table for healthcare and medical education, that is a international success-story, into new fields. After successful research and development it is now possible to visualise everything that has been 3D-scanned e.g. museum items. And the new services are… Continue reading

Digitalization of school Part 2 – Transformation of the Teacher’s role

According to Horizon Report Europe 2014, Schools Edition, the digitalization of the European schools will speed up. Many strong indications that in several cases can be interpreted as evidence do exist. The report’s foundation is based on six trends that during the following five years will lead the school into the digital age. In this spirit eLearningworld decided to write this new series of articles in order to integrate these trends in a school environment… Continue reading