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Article on collaborative learning published on The New York Times on January 13, 2009:

“At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard”
By Jodi Hilton for The New York Times
“…The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last fall, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent.

M.I.T. is not alone. Other universities are changing their ways, among them Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Harvard. In these institutions, physicists have been pioneering teaching methods drawn from research showing that most students learn fundamental concepts more successfully, and are better able to apply them, through interactive, collaborative, student-centered learning…”. → read more...

Article on e-learning changes published on US News & World Report on January 21, 2009:

“New Answers for E-Learning: Wikis and avatars are improving the educational experience”
By Kim Clark – US News & World Report

“…[Online courses] may finally be changing for the better, however, as E-learning is getting an upgrade. Some professors and schools are redesigning their courses to take advantage of the Web's interactive and visual possibilities, adopting some bleeding-edge technologies such as gamelike simulations and digital avatars to make online courses more exciting and more effective than traditional classrooms. Many students even say that a good E-learning course inspires them to work harder. Matt Kerr signed up for an online art history course last year just to satisfy a general education requirement at Sierra College, a community college outside Sacramento, Calif. He was so inspired by teacher Michelle Pacansky-Brock's audio lectures, "VoiceThread" demonstrations, and assignments that opened his eyes to the art around him that he ended up creating an extensive art blog and did "a lot more work than if I was just sitting in a classroom, listening to her," he says. "I really liked it."…]. → read more...

Special Issue of Science journal - Education and Technology:

Change in Education in Face of New Technologies
The scientific journal Science recently published an special issue of the topic education and technology (2 January 2009, Vol 323, Issue 5910, Pages 1-174). In the editorial by Hines et al., the authors stated that "Technologies that emphasize peer interactions can aid a collaborative approach to learning, as when soldiers build team function across distances using interactive training simulations" (Adding a T to the Tree R's, Science, Vol 323, page 53)...→ read more...