This review study gives a bit of hope – or depending on who your are some despair: prerecorded videos can help learning in higher education

This week I’ll only do live online classes with my students as they have asked our team several times to have as many live sessions as possible. Still, this new review study does show that prerecorded videos can help to learn. The researchers do plea for a combination of regular teaching and videos. Do note… Read More This review study gives a bit of hope – or depending on who your are some despair: prerecorded videos can help learning in higher education

Can school gardens teach kids to eat more vegetables?

With a lot of research looking at all things covid, sometimes it’s fun to read something completely different, such as this study that links school gardens and related cooking classes to children eating more vegetables. From the press release: Getting children to eat their vegetables can seem like an insurmountable task, but nutrition researchers at… Read More Can school gardens teach kids to eat more vegetables?

New article: Closing schools for SARS-CoV-2: a pragmatic rapid recommendation

This is a new study by Bekkering et al. I had the honor and pleasure to be part of the multidisciplinary team on this very hot topic: should schools remain open or closed during the pandemic. Abstract of the study (open access): Background In Belgium, schools closed during the first lockdown in March 2020, with a… Read More New article: Closing schools for SARS-CoV-2: a pragmatic rapid recommendation

Gifted students improve their grades when they take online courses, whereas students in difficulty do not.

We’ve seen a lot of studies that linked online classes during lockdown in this Covid-pandemic to bigger differences between pupils, e.g. here and here. This new study describes a similar trend in higher education – in line with earlier pre-covid research we discuss in our second Urban Myth book. From the press release: With the… Read More Gifted students improve their grades when they take online courses, whereas students in difficulty do not.

New study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

This is an interesting, although not really surprising study. Self-control or similar concepts related to executive functioning have been proven before to be good predictors. Still, one important question remains: is it trainable… From the press release:  Self-control, the ability to contain one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and to work toward goals with a… Read More New study shows the importance – again – of self-control: self-controlled children tend to be healthier middle-aged adults

New study on how to make higher education on campus possible before vaccination, even stating open campuses are maybe even safer than distance learning?

I have been teaching my students online since October and do I miss teaching IRL. This new study concludes based on computer models that the combined effectiveness of three COVID-prevention strategies on college campuses — mask-wearing, social distancing, and routine testing — are as effective in preventing coronavirus infections as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.… Read More New study on how to make higher education on campus possible before vaccination, even stating open campuses are maybe even safer than distance learning?

New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)

Learning styles, don’t get me started… It’s an education myth I’m a bit tired of, and that’s a euphemism. Often when giving talks about urban myths about learning and education I tend to think that everybody already knows that e.g. learning styles have been debunked. Most of the time I have to discover that this… Read More New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)

Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter: Social-emotional learning (SEL), such as the ability to set goals and manage frustration, have been positively associated with academic outcomes. These findings have encouraged policymakers to implement programs that help students build up their SEL competencies. However, the… Read More Does SEL lead to more actual learning? New study examines the long-term impact (Best Evidence in Brief)