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Social Media design not that social, according to new research

Social media like Facebook and Instagram are poorly designed for social interaction but are instead directed on finishing specific tasks, according to new research from Umeå University in the northern part of Sweden. This means that social media is designed in the same way that interaction designers are designing for communication between people and digital devices. The author of the doctoral thesis Aesthetics of Being Together, Christoffel Kuenen, suggests another approach to design that favours… Continue reading

Upgrading the book’s format necessary, as a conclusion of new research

eLearningworld News A new research study based on University of Michigan survey project “Monitoring the Future” that has run since 1975 shows that only 16% of US teenagers read books outside school education, while in the 1970s the number was 60%. TV and cinema show a similar decrease in attention from teenagers. At the same time as social media for many has become an addiction with potential great negative psychological consequences. The average using social… Continue reading

AI that manages rough conversation on social media

eLearningworld News Bullying, threats and other failures in web-conversations is continually a big problem on social media. Some people seem to sway out of their personality in the real-world into an evil avatar when they entering different forms of web-conversations often with strangers. Human administrators of websites are in most cases always at least one step behind in detecting and managing abuses, and then the damage is already done. A team from Cornell University and… Continue reading

EU Regulations towards Social Media companies on Fake News on the way?

eLearningworld News The EU security commissioner, Julian King, thinks that the tech companies is moving too slow to fight fake news in the shadow of the Cambridge Analytical scandal. He said these businesses must come up with short-term, concrete plans, that have to be in place before the European Parliament elections 2019. The basic idea is that they should sign “a voluntary code of conduct to prevent the misuse of platforms to pump out misleading… Continue reading

The main Pathway for Fake News to go Viral, according to new research

eLearningworld Research News New research from Pew Research Center on individuals’ online news habits shows that the most common sources used are news websites (36%) and social media (35%) while search engines (20%) and email/text etc. from news organisations (15%) or family friends (7%) are less common. The research was performed over the course of one week and included 3827 US-citizen where 2078 finished the required number of surveys. The result also shows differences between… Continue reading

Latest News: Online Gaming boosts School Results new research shows

eLearningworld News from Australia A new study based on the result of data from the Pisa-test in 772 Australian schools and 12 018 student observations compares the result of the answers about personal interest and the actual outcome of the test-results. The analysis finds that: “The results suggest that using online social networks reduces academic achievement. Conversely, playing online games increases scores.” The study is called “Internet Usage and Educational Outcomes Among 15-Year-Old Australian Students”… Continue reading

Latest News: Social Media brings same processes as chocolate in the teenage brain

eLearningworld News from US Research from University of California shows that “Likes” on social media produces the same processes as eating chocolate or winning money in a teenager’s brain. The research project is based 32 teenagers between the ages 13-18 that were told that they were participating in a small social network similar to the popular Instagram. During social media session the teens’ brains were scanned. Lauren Sherman at the UCLA branch of the Children’s… Continue reading

Basics about the art of creating interactive courses part 1

The term ”learning by doing” is often used to summarise the pedagogic ideas of the philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952). However, Dewey never used the term in his own pedagogic writings, but it describes well his vision for learning. He claimed that people not only gain new knowledge by passively receive information, but they learn to an even larger extent when they actively explore the world. Learning by doing with the disability movement Learning by doing… Continue reading