Category Archives: eLearning

online learning sites

  1. Khan Academy: Founded by Salman Khan in 2006, this non-profit website now boasts over 4,000 education videos covering topics from finance to animation to art history.
  2. Skillshare: Skillshare’s tagline is simple: “Learn Differently.” This site proposes a new kind of model for online education—anyone can sign up to take a class, and anyone can sign up to teach one.
  3. Codeacademy: “Education is broken. Come and help us build the education the world deserves.” Codeacademy’s mission statement is blunt. But it isn’t wrong. America’s educational system needs a reboot, and Codeacademy offers a viable solution.
  5. EdX: Founded and run by educational powerhouses Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EdX features “learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.” The site currently offers online courses from Harvard, MIT and Berkley, and plans to include classes from Wellesley, Georgetown, and the University of Texas in the fall.

George Mason University Launches World’s First MOOC in Social Entrepreneurship

George Mason University Launches World’s First MOOC in Social Entrepreneurship

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PMC has launched PubReader

PMC has launched PubReader, a designed particularly for enhancing the readability of PMC journal articles on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers.


Source: NCBI

Indian-born Vishakha Desai(expert on Asian art) has been appointed US Museum Board

Indian-American Appointed to US Museum Board, another as MIT Digital Learning Director
Indian-born Vishakha Desai, a leading expert on Asian art, has been appointed by the Obama administration as member of the National Museum and Library Services Board, a key administrative post. A graduate from Bombay University, Desai studied from the University of Michigan.
An Indian-American professor of mechanical engineering and IIT alumni has been appointed as the first director of digital learning of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Sanjay Sarma, the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will work closely with the Institute faculty and students to assess how new models of online instruction might become integral parts of MIT students education. The announcement was made by MIT president L Rafael Reif.  A 1989 IIT alumni, Sarma has long worked to develop new instructional techniques for mechanical engineering students.
Source: The Indian Express (  22nd Nov 2012)

32 brain-related statements

Sanne Dekker et al, here you have 32 brain-related statements. Are they correct or incorrect?

  1. We use our brains 24 h a day (C ).
  2. Children must acquire their native language before a second language is learned. If they do not do so neither language will be fully acquired (I).
  3. Boys have bigger brains than girls (C ).
  4. If pupils do not drink sufficient amounts of water (=6–8 glasses a day) their brains shrink (I).
  5. It has been scientifically proven that fatty acid supplements (omega-3 and omega-6) have a positive effect on academic achievement (I).
  6. When a brain region is damaged other parts of the brain can take up its function (C ).
  7. We only use 10% of our brain (I).
  8. The left and right hemisphere of the brain always work together (C ).
  9. Differences in hemispheric dominance (left brain, right brain) can help explain individual differences amongst learners (I).
  10. The brains of boys and girls develop at the same rate (I).
  11. Brain development has finished by the time children reach secondary school (I).
  12. There are critical periods in childhood after which certain things can no longer be learned (I).
  13. Information is stored in the brain in a network of cells distributed throughout the brain (C ).
  14. Learning is not due to the addition of new cells to the brain (C ).
  15. Individuals learn better when they receive information in their preferred learning style (e.g., auditory, visual, kinesthetic) (I).
  16. Learning occurs through modification of the brains’ neural connections (C ).
  17. Academic achievement can be affected by skipping breakfast (C ).
  18. Normal development of the human brain involves the birth and death of brain cells (C ).
  19. Mental capacity is hereditary and cannot be changed by the environment or experience (I).
  20. Vigorous exercise can improve mental function (C ).
  21. Environments that are rich in stimulus improve the brains of pre-school children (I).
  22. Children are less attentive after consuming sugary drinks and/or snacks (I).
  23. Circadian rhythms (“body-clock”) shift during adolescence, causing pupils to be tired during the first lessons of the school day (C ).
  24. Regular drinking of caffeinated drinks reduces alertness (C ).
  25. Exercises that rehearse co-ordination of motor-perception skills can improve literacy skills (I).
  26. Extended rehearsal of some mental processes can change the shape and structure of some parts of the brain (C ).
  27. Individual learners show preferences for the mode in which they receive information (e.g., visual, auditory, kinesthetic) (C ).
  28. Learning problems associated with developmental differences in brain function cannot be remediated by education (I).
  29. Production of new connections in the brain can continue into old age (C ).
  30. Short bouts of co-ordination exercises can improve integration of left and right hemispheric brain function (I).
  31. There are sensitive periods in childhood when it’s easier to learn things (C ).
  32. When we sleep, the brain shuts down (I).

 C = correct; I = incorrect.

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