Improve grades, reduce failure—undergrads should tell profs 'Don't lecture me'
A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail in classes incorporating so-called active learning that expects them to participate ...
Google uses machine learning at data centers in efficiency drive
First evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation
New research has for the first time provided evidence that reptiles could be capable of social learning through imitation.
Can students learn effective learning and problem solving techniques in large introductory science courses?
In the past 10 years an active-learning course, called Active Physics, has gradually displaced lecture-based introductory course in physics at Washington University in St. Louis. But are active-learning techniques ...
Different strokes: How Rafael and Tiger hit the top of their games
As Rafael Nadal moves into the Australian Open semi-finals after beating Grigor Dimitrov yesterday afternoon, it's a good opportunity to think about how he reached his champion status and compare him with another champ, T ...
NASA, Khan Academy collaborate to bring STEM opportunities to online learners
NASA and Khan Academy, a non-profit educational website, today debuted a series of online tutorials designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The ...
Fruit flies help scientists uncover genes responsible for human communication
The evolution of language in humans continues to perplex scientists and linguists who study how humans learn to communicate. Considered by some as "operant learning," this multi-tiered trait involves many ...
Neural networks that function like the human visual cortex may help realize faster, more reliable pattern recognition
Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to create an artificial neural network capable of rivaling the speed and accuracy of the human visual cortex. Now, Haizhou Li and Huajin Tang at the A*STAR ...
Engineer leads effort to develop computer systems that can see better than humans
"Deep learning" is the task at hand for Vijaykrishnan Narayanan and his multidisciplinary team of researchers who are developing computerized vision systems that can match—and even surpass—the capabilities ...
Research helps identify memory molecules
A newly discovered method of identifying the creation of proteins in the body could lead to new insights into how learning and memories are impaired in Alzheimer's disease.
Transfer of knowledge learned seen as a key to improving science education
Attendees of a workshop at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will be immersed into "active learning," an approach inspired by national reports targeting U.S. science education, ...
Few animals other than humans can move in sync with music
It started with a sulfur-crested cockatoo named Snowball.
Can large introductory science courses teach students to learn effectively?
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Study examines online, face-to-face courses
A new study by NDSU communication faculty gives an interesting look at students' perceptions of online versus face-to-face courses.