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The Latest on eLearning

May 26, 2017

eLearning is not new, but it has reached new levels of maturity

eLearning has been around for awhile now, to the point where it’s not considered even remotely unusual to routinely carry out learning using online courses. Industrial safety classes, workplace seminars, and of course credit-granting college courses are available in massive numbers as needed.


Harvard University recently held a seminar on the subject of eLearning, especially as it’s used in colleges, and how eLearning can benefit postsecondary education:


“We can advance research and development in higher education faster and better by creating a network of people who are currently working to build and run research and development models, or aspire to do so in the near future,” said Kristen Eshleman, director of digital innovation at Davidson College

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Scientists Studying Origins of Boredom in the Classroom

May 12, 2017

Improved understanding of student fatigue may lead to changes in teaching methods

Classrooms are meant to be places of learning, but it can be a real challenge to keep students focused on the lesson. There are even little gadgets designed to allow people to fidget, but these are now being banned from classrooms because they are being used too much. But what causes boredom in class? What, exactly, is happening in the brain when a student is bored? Scientists are hard at work trying to figure it out.


Aristotle used to walk around with his students while he taught, keeping their restless bodies occupied in a West Wing–style pedagogy known as the Peripatetic school. Active as it was, his style still leaned on lecture and memorization, and this (minus Aristotle’s strolling) would be the preferred method of scholarship until the 17th century, when Czech ed

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NASA's Extraordinary Youth Projects

April 28, 2017

The space agency's little-known educational programs are well worth exploring

America’s space agency, NASA, will of course go down in history as the organization that put the first humans on the moon, sent probes to Mars, Jupiter and beyond, and led the international coalition that built the International Space Station (ISS), among many other extraordinary achievements. But far less well known are its amazing educational programs, often involving college students, high schoolers and even kindergarten-aged kids.


In just one example, the agency has a program called High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH), in which high schoolers create machines and technology for actual use in space. For instance one team of students in New Jersey created a locker that will end up on the ISS:


The HUNCH Locker will provide containment for

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Education and Artificial Intelligence

April 13, 2017

Artificial intelligence is quietly following a path that may bring immense changes to education

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing a great many workplaces, thanks to applications ranging from robot assembly lines to driverless taxicabs to stock trading algorithms, but there is also huge potential for positively influencing the classroom.


Machine Learning algorithms, programs that glean patterns from data and provide insights and suggestions, help teachers to find gaps in their teachings and point to where students are struggling with subject matter.


Spotting struggling students is just one of many potential benefits offered by AI in the classroom. In time, AI may grade students, keep teachers on point and, incredibly, even provide tutoring:


AI-based tutoring systems are another interesting concept that use big data and machine learning to provide persona

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Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Special Needs Students

March 31, 2017

The nation's highest court has redefined how public schools should educate students with exceptionalities

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that could very well impact learning for disabled students across America. Currently, the law requires equal access, but not equal outcomes. Standard practice, therefore, leads schools to do little more than go through the motions when it comes to educating students with challenging disabilities. Parents of these students are left with few options -- either keep them in school where they are unlikely to get a proper education, or opt for costly private options.


The justices of the court, however, unanimously found that public schools must to better. This could potentially impact the lives of thousands of parents from coast to coast:


“The fact that it’s unanimous shows we know a lot more about educating kid

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