Science & Education News Digest: June 2017

Welcome to Learning Science’s News Digest for June 2017.

There’s been some moving and shaking since our last News Digest. There’s a new parliament, after a bit of a delay and much ongoing debate. The TEF Year 2 results have also been announced, also after a bit of a delay and much ongoing debate!

Jisc reports findings of a 22,000-strong survey of students and their use of digital learning at their institutions.

We also look at the connection between birds’ egg and wing shape, and how drones could be replanting a forest in the next few years.

Science & Education News Digest: May 2017

Welcome to Learning Science’s News Digest for May 2017.

This month we’re talking tuition fees, top tips for digital learning, and student resilience among other things.

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10 Science & Tech Discoveries that are 10 Years Old (Like Us!)

2007 was a big year for Learning Science - it was the year we came into existence! It’s now been a full 10 years of science, technology and education here at LearnSciHQ, the perfect opportunity to both celebrate and reflect.

We’ve planned a series of articles for the coming weeks and months on the past, present and future of our favourite topics: science, technology and education. For example - how has e-learning changed in the last ten years? What myths have been debunked? And what could be the future of Higher Education?

But for now, here’s 10 of our favourite science & tech news stories from 2007: the year of our founding.

Science & Education News Digest - April 2017

Welcome to Learning Science’s News Digest for April 2017.

There’s more change on the horizon in British politics as April saw Theresa May call a snap election for June. This could have implications for the Higher Education Bill – forcing it through or killing it off completely.

We consider how bots, drones and trackers could become an integral part of campus life, and how laptops in lectures, especially of the 9 am variety, could be hindering student learning.

New research announced this month include studying the smartness of squid, how viruses could purify water, and destroying the new polymer £5 note - in the name of science!

 “How can I increase student satisfaction and engagement on my course?”

We have been talking to universities across the country and this one question seems to be at the forefront of everybody's thoughts. Whilst there are a multitude of ways to address this, we believe that integrating technology into your course is a great way forward.

Science & Education News Digest: March 2017

Welcome to Learning Science’s News Digest for March 2017.

Among many other things, March has brought the UK Spring budget (the last one - although they’ve said that before!), International Women’s Day, arguments about TEF and “learning styles”, and research about dinosaurs and how one mistake can quickly lead to another.

Biosciences e-learning workshop: follow-up article

On Monday 20th March 2017, the Biochemical Society hosted an e-learning training event at Charles Darwin House in London.

During the morning talks, afternoon workshops and our discussions with delegates at our demo stand, it was great to see so much interest and passion for innovative teaching with technology. We were proud to sponsor and attend the event.


We all really enjoyed the morning talks, each of which offered thought-provoking ideas to take away. Here’s our summary: