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    Online debates as effective as in-person discussion for critical thinking development

Online debates as effective as in-person discussion for critical thinking development

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A study recently published in the Online Learning Journal suggests that the overall effectiveness of debates as an educational tool is essentially unaltered by moving the classroom debates to an online platform. The study, published in September, was authored by Dr. Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen, a graduate professor of public health, and Dr. Karen Swan, a graduate professor of […]

The dangers of dispensing with good grammar

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There was a worrying decline in standards of English from home students from the 1960s because education authorities discouraged correction, and without correction, how can one learn? Teachers were reluctant to teach grammar. Some students had never learnt parts of speech or the use of the apostrophe. Errors such as “seamen” for “semen”, “affect” for […]

Learning foreign languages should be compulsory (UK)

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Learning a new language should be compulsory for pupils up to the age of 16, according to a new report highlighting the UK’s recent abysmal record in encouraging young people to study languages other than English.
The report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) cites an EU-wide survey showing that just 32% of young people […]

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    Changes in education due to COVID-19: the rise of e-learning

Changes in education due to COVID-19: the rise of e-learning

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While countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, worldwide there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic. In Denmark, children up to the age of 11 are returning to nurseries and schools, but in South Korea students are responding to roll calls from their […]

Why we all fall foul of the Dunning-Kruger effect

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We all find it difficult to admit when we might be wrong. In an increasingly polarised world, it seems as if people are becoming more convinced of their own beliefs and less willing to contemplate other points of view. But could this be to the detriment of our intelligence?
In the third part of our […]

Virtual Reality Meets Learning & Development

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The use of VR for business will go mainstream, with many applications across a wide range of industry sectors, as well as becoming the mainstay of video gaming. Its usage will be for all manner of interactions from entertainment, product design, sales and marketing (from retail to buying a home), as well as leisure […]

The problem with perfectionists

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People often brag about being perfectionists – but new research shows people much prefer colleagues with realistic expectations.
Perfectionists await the impossible from themselves or others, put in hours and hours making tweaks invisible to anyone but themselves, then wind up burnt out and exhausted by the end of the week. After all, who wouldn’t […]

The secrets of online job portals

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a spike in global job losses, and she’s one of millions of workers now looking for a new role in the US, where the unemployment rate jumped from 3.5% in February to 14.7% in April.
Most applicants have no choice but to turn to job portals and applicant tracking systems (ATS) – […]

How to talk about conspiracy theories

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Conspiracy theories have thrived during the pandemic.
Maybe you even have a friend or relative who’s brought one up in conversation. How can you talk to them without starting an argument – or sending them further down the rabbit hole?

The BBC’s specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring brought together a dad who got in touch with her […]

Advertisers have Facebook’s attention

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Facebook is about to look a little different, whether users notice or not.
A civil rights coalition that includes the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP launched the #StopHateforProfit campaign last month, calling on major corporations to halt advertising on Facebook (FB) for the month of July due to the platform’s “repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of […]