Ease the struggle of struggling students with these useful browser extensions

| December 12, 2019

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E-learning has become an intricate part of education in general. However, there are categories of students who don’t have equal chances when it comes to accessing the Internet, which hinders their development and personal growth. Many developmental disabilities, for instance, affect the information processing and learning experience of children and teenagers. According to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, amended in 1998, all e-learning content must be equally accessible to all online users.

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The EPFL Innovation Park supports disruptive innovation and technology transfer from EPFL and other regional universities. It provides flexible office space, training and coaching / business consulting services to 170 high tech companies: start-ups, SME's and R&D centers of large corporations. Together with its partners and a dynamic community of VC's, experts, service providers, the Innovation Park is positioned as the key technology hub in Western Switzerland.

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A Vision of AI for Joyful Education

Article | March 25, 2020

Many look to AI-powered tools to address the need to scale high-quality education and with good reason. A surge in educational content from online courses, expanded access to digital devices, and the contemporary renaissance in AI seem to provide the pieces necessary to deliver personalized learning at scale. However, technology has a poor track record for solving social issues without creating unintended harm. What negative effects can we predict, and how can we refine the objectives of AI researchers to account for such unintended consequences?

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It’s 2020, so where’s our virtual and augmented learning?

Article | February 12, 2020

Augmented and virtual reality holds great promise for education. In schools, it could allow students conduct science experiments without science labs; in workplace training, new platforms like Mira could allow remote guidance when, for instance, engineers are working in the field. Seeing is Believing, a new report from PwC economists in the United Kingdom, says that AR and VR could deliver a $1.5 trillion (€1.4 trillion) boost to the global economy by 2030, including a $294 billion (269 billion) boost to global GDP by supporting education and training when it is not always practical or safe to do in the real world.

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Competency-Based Approaches Focus On Skills, Relevancy and Personalization

Article | February 20, 2020

Since formal education has existed, we have often wrestled with what the goals or outcomes are supposed to be and how we know if our learners have successfully reached them. For generations, the dominant goal seemed to be to acquire knowledge, information or facts. It didn’t matter what subject or level, the aim was for the learner to acquire content knowledge. But in an era where information is readily available through the digital revolution, many are asking what should the outcome be of learning?

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What mathematical concepts are used in the game of netball?

Article | August 17, 2020

Experts suggest that 80 per cent of our future jobs will require maths. So can we ignore the fact that women are significantly under represented in professions related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics? Recent education research in New Zealand has revealed a significant difference in the way girls and boys engage with mathematics. According to a TIMSS report, more New Zealand Year 5 boys were very confident in mathematics, while more Year 5 girls were not confident in mathematics. It’s our job as educators to find ways to encourage girls to pursue mathematics and foster a love for the subject. One way to do this is by connecting classroom maths with our learners’ real-world environments, showing them that maths is relevant to the everyday activities they value and love.

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The EPFL Innovation Park supports disruptive innovation and technology transfer from EPFL and other regional universities. It provides flexible office space, training and coaching / business consulting services to 170 high tech companies: start-ups, SME's and R&D centers of large corporations. Together with its partners and a dynamic community of VC's, experts, service providers, the Innovation Park is positioned as the key technology hub in Western Switzerland.

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