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2011-09-21 HiST-students do experiment with matches

Matches were developed in China in 577 by using smal sulfur-treated pine needles. The first modern match was developed in 1805 in Paris. The match head was made ​​of a mixture of sodium chlorate, sulfur, sugar and rubber. They start burning by dipping them in a small asbestos bottle filled with sulfuric acid. As the match was expensive and dangerous to use, they were never widely used.

Today, mechanical engineering students at HiST started an experiment where they are going to build a "match-canon" in their physics course.

(22 Sep 2011 - 21:45)
2011-09-20 Usability tests of the online evaluation system for Smartphones have started

The brand new test and exam system for Smartphones, that is currently developped by HiST in the Done-IT project (2011-2012), has entered an extensive testing and evaluation phase. Several student groups are going to be engaged in the first usability tests. The picture shows engineering students solving an exam by using Smartphones. Students at HiST play an important role in the design of the system, as their continious feedback is used to improve and extend the system. 

(20 Sep 2011 - 21:50)
2011-09-19 Developing Analytical and Critical Minds for Children

Analytical thinking may help an individual develop experience and excel in wide areas, academic, social, civic, and professional. It facilitates skilled reading, writing, reasoning independently of the thematic area, problem solving, evaluation of values, and informed decision-making. It helps individuals set goals, develop alternatives, and identify sound courses of implementation.

(19 Sep 2011 - 21:14)
2011-09-14 Engineering Students at HiST want Additional Digital Learning Labs

Ca 100 engineering students at HiST that are studying mechanics and logisitcs, have been using the new digital learning laboratories since the semester started. During the first test phase, they use it in their physics courses. The number of traditional lessons have been reduced, and replaced with active student participation where they solve problems in groups. The students are very positive, and recommend HiST to consider building several new digital learning laboratories for use in other courses.  

(19 Sep 2011 - 21:14)
2011-09-09 The New Digital Learning Lab

Our engineering students did start using the new digital learning laboratories this week.  The laboratories consist of two seperate rooms, that have been designed to study and exploit new educational metods in higher education and at high school level. The rooms are equiped with a range of state of the art digital tools that provide students easy access to large presentation- and workingsurfaces. This includes usage and exploitation of modern mobile services.  

(14 Sep 2011 - 23:00)
2011-09-09 Vocational Education and Training in Quality Assurance

Partners from Romania, Hungary, UK and Norway come to Trondheim to attend the Do-IT project meeting at September 18-19. The project has extended the Activity Based Training method to include Quality Assurance processes. It has also made up multilingual interfaces of the Student Response System developed in the KA3-ICT project EduMecca, which was complted at the end of 2010. 

(12 Sep 2011 - 22:43)
2011-09-09 Environmental Sustainability Training for Children

Acceptance of environmentally-friendly practices, such as renewable energy solutions, is still low facing high resistance by local communities. This points to the urgent need for environmental education, especially targeting the next generation. The stakes are high: modern society cannot afford failure in the environmental education of children. Experts from Greece, France, Sweden and Czech Republic that have participated in the ENVKIDS project, meet in Trondheim at September 21-22.  

(12 Sep 2011 - 22:43)
2011-09-03 Students Smartphones replace clickers

The Student Response System (SRS) developed by HiST, is currently used in a range of courses in many countries, and the number of users are growing. Originally developed for vocational education in industry, SRS is today used in a range of courses such as language teaching, physics, electronics, mathematics, teachers education, quality management, engineering courses, social sciences, fish farming, training of refuges and in construction. The number of students in each class vary from 7 to more than 250.  

(6 Sep 2011 - 21:54)
2011-09-03 First successful test of new online evaluation system for Smartphones

Centrum for Flexible Learning (CFL) in Sweden become the first organization to test the new, online evaluation system for Smartphones in a distance learning framework at September 1st. The system is developed in the Lifelong Learning Program KA3-ICT project DONE-IT (2011-12), which is lead by HiST.

(6 Sep 2011 - 21:56)
2011-08-31 Online Student Response System (SRS) for Smartphones

The final report from the KA3-ICT EduMecca project (2009-2010) has been approved by the European Commission. The new SRS service is now available for use by all teachers at HiST. Many external organizations in Europe are testing and using the services too. 

(3 Sep 2011 - 21:48)
2011-08-31 SRS methodology courses in Trondheim in September

Many teachers at HiST consider start using the online Student Response Systems in their courses. In order to enhance the usage and help teachers feel secure, we provide two half day courses free of charge to teachers from HiST at September 12 before lunch, and September 15 after lunch. 

(31 Aug 2011 - 01:00)
2011-08-30 Students Goal Orientation, Motivation and Mobile Learning

Of the factors that influence students learning, motivation is surely one of the most potent. Is it possible to develop a new evaluation system for higher education that combines use of Smartphones and modern online response system technology, to map (and maybe change) students goal orientation ?

(31 Aug 2011 - 00:13)

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.