A small retrieval exercise I did with my students using their cell phones

Yesterday I was finally allowed to teach again ‘IRL’, I have to admit, it was great to see my students again in the flesh and not behind a screen. For the past years, I have been doing a little exercise with my students to have some retrieval practice happening and allowing me to give +200… Read More A small retrieval exercise I did with my students using their cell phones

Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

This study still only shows a correlation, although the researchers try to go a long way to eliminate other possible explanations: using the internet during your retirement years can be linked to your cognitive functions! From the press release: Researchers from Lancaster University Management School, the Norwegian University Science and Technology and Trinity College Dublin… Read More Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

The benefits of screen time for school-aged children?

This study only shows correlations, typical for screen time research. Paulich and colleagues show in their research that school-aged children who spend more time in front of screens are only slightly more likely to have attention disorders, disturbed sleep or lower grades and The good news is that they are no more likely to suffer… Read More The benefits of screen time for school-aged children?

No, college students probably didn’t do better during the pandemic

It has something that has been shown again and again: Children in primary and secondary education have performed – on average! – worse during the pandemic Students in higher education often did better than before. But a new NBER working paper by Altindag et al begs to differ and warns that this could well have… Read More No, college students probably didn’t do better during the pandemic

Students express concern about the amount and the personal nature of information shared with exam proctoring companies

Since a lot of what we do in higher education had to move online because of some virus, also online examining has taken a big jump. But are those students playing it by the rules while doing a test from home? A solution that has often been used is proctoring software. What is online proctoring?… Read More Students express concern about the amount and the personal nature of information shared with exam proctoring companies

A very different sound about technology in education: there is an ‘astonishing’ shortage of information about how rapid advances in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries

The past year EdTech has been in the focus of educational news besides some kind of virus-thingy. But while a lot of people and tech companies are having high hopes that this situation will finally mean the big breakthrough of technology in education this new report shares a more gloomy story about the current lack… Read More A very different sound about technology in education: there is an ‘astonishing’ shortage of information about how rapid advances in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries

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

New review on multitasking while learning: a big problem, but also an opportunity?

It’s something Paul Kirschner and I have written about before, and a new review study confirms: using electronic media while doing schoolwork negatively impacts learning. But even worse: any students believe they’re immune to any ill effects because they’re good multitaskers, which they’re not. From the press release: Scanning social media while listening to a… Read More New review on multitasking while learning: a big problem, but also an opportunity?