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Online learning brings students of varied backgrounds together in a virtual classroom. Researchers wanted to understand how these backgrounds affect academic performance, and whether demographics can predict performance in an online class. To do this, they examined the characteristics and learning outcomes of students in four courses offered by Open University. The researchers examined how geogr...
Online learning is gaining steam in universities, but how does working in a virtual world impact creativity? In this study, the researchers were especially concerned with fostering innovation in nanotechnology engineering students, since nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field that is guided by open-ended problems and relies on creative, collaborative thinking. Innovations are novel ideas that lead to implementable solutions, and it ...
Social robots have been shown to be effective tools for children with autism in various ways, particularly in teaching them social cues. While social skills are generally difficult for children with autism to learn with other people, some studies have shown that robots are actually more effective in this type of social-emotional education. A recent study tested how well children with autism learned how to distrust and deceive with a soc...
Anyone who’s been a student in the twenty-first century can relate to clicking back and forth between images, primary sources, notes taken in class, and data visualizations spanning far more tabs than they’d like to admit they have open on their computer. Whether writing a research paper or simply trying to synthesize different information to solidify an opinion, connecting and confirming information in a digital learni...
In 2014, news headlines heralded the findings of a study comparing the effect of taking handwritten versus typed notes on student performance. The study was titled "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard", and found that students who took longhand notes with pen and paper while watching a video performed better on conceptual questions than st...
There’s growing concern about the impact of frequent internet use on adolescents. Having grown up in the digital age, young people’s lives are completely enmeshed with the online world, and some adolescents end up engaging in compulsive and unhealthy internet use. Although some research has been done analyzing the extent of the problem, few studies have examined the risk and protective factors of this addictive behavior. ...
It’s a common quip that in flipped classrooms, where students learn content outside of class and use live classroom time for application, analysis, and discussion, the instructor moves "from sage on the stage to guide on the side." However, a recent study surveying students’ perceptions of instruction in a flipped classroom, as well as their perspectives on the ideal teacher, suggests that "guide on the side" might not be exactly what...
Researchers in China wanted to know how visual and audio cues impact learning in multimedia courses. Past studies suggest that students can only take in a limited amount of information at once, and these researchers wanted to know if offering visual and auditory cues could help direct students’ attention to what is most important and improve their ability to remember and apply new information. To test the effects of audio and ...
Past research reports have described the positive impact of iPads on student enjoyment and motivation. The researchers in this study sought to add the first person perspectives of teachers and students to the discussion of whether and how iPads can help children learn to write. The researchers worked with six teachers and classes in six different schools in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The study involved ...
The popularity and ubiquity of smartphones isn’t just affecting young people; older generations also feel the effects of this shift. The Pew Research Center reports that 73% of Americans ages 50 to 64 and 46% of Americans ages 65 and up own smartphones. Therefore, while conversations about millennial and gen-z smartphone use might be more prevalent, it would be an overs...