blog postsSeventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulationMar 30, 2016 11:30 am1934 views Researchers at the University of Illinois hope to inspire greater numbers of young people to become astronomers – or at least to embrace learning science – with a new computer simulation that engages children’s bodies as well as their minds in learning about how objects move in space.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1788 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study.Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1781 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socializationMay 20, 2010 9:00 am1774 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A sink-or-swim mentality for socializing new employees will ultimately only drain organizations of their best talent over time, according to new research by a University of Illinois expert in workplace dynamics.Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1718 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1696 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1635 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study findsApr 18, 2013 9:00 am1627 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.'The Game Changer' documentary on accessibility pioneer Tim Nugent premieres Sept. 22 on BTNSep 13, 2016 2:00 pm1627 views A new 30-minute documentary tells the story of Tim Nugent, known by many as the “Father of Accessibility,” who founded the first comprehensive program for college students with physical disabilities at the University of Illinois. Prior to the start of that program, people with disabilities were not expected to go to school, find employment or play sports.Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am1576 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students with cognitive and learning disabilities who engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special educationFeb 26, 2020 8:00 am1520 views The College of Education is expanding the capacity of its doctoral programs in special education to help address a nationwide shortage of researchers and faculty members in the field.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1483 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundWith online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am1482 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languagesJan 29, 2019 11:30 am1467 views Students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, researchers at the University of Illinois found.Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am1465 views Fewer than half of parents of children with disabilities make long-term care plans to ensure their child's needs are met if the parent dies or can no longer care for the child, University of Illinois special education professor Meghan Burke found.Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1428 views The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems as high school freshmen, a new study found. Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study findsJan 4, 2019 8:30 am1411 views Researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service suggest in a new study that environmental greenness may not be associated with higher test scores in schoolchildren after all.What tips can help educators convert in-person courses to online instruction?Jul 9, 2020 12:00 pm1406 views Teaching professor and medical education facilitator Dr. Kashif A. Ahmad, who mentors educators in creating quality online courses, discusses his tips for creating engaging online content.How might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois?Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am1396 views Educational history professor Jon Hale discusses how Freedom Schools promote civil rights and educational equity and the implications for Illinois in funding these schools as part of the state's education reform initiative.Group learning makes children better decision-makers, study findsJan 19, 2016 1:00 pm1386 views Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions, a new study finds.Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study findsApr 24, 2020 8:15 am1376 views Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, however. A new study finds that interventions that take a multidimensional approach – tackling the biological, social, environmental and mental health obstacles to overcome while also addressing a person’s substance use – work best for those hoping to stop using drugs.Study examines Teach For America’s impact on costs, hiring at five school systemsFeb 19, 2016 10:30 am1365 views Teach For America has reaped millions of dollars in nonrefundable finder’s fees from school systems in the U.S. through lucrative contracts that require schools to hire designated numbers of the organization’s corps members – whether or not its teachers meet districts’ specific content or grade-level needs, a new study suggests.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am1364 views Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am1362 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno's man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about "American Idol" than they do about American government doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely their fault.Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am1337 views A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended.Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1330 views Thinking of higher education funding as an investment that lowers costs – and not as mere consumption spending – could reframe the debate in Springfield, according to research from Walter W. McMahon, an emeritus professor of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois.Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projectsAug 26, 2019 2:30 pm1310 views U. of I. educational psychology professor H. Chad Lane receives $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation to fund two projects that use the video game Minecraft to explore big ideas in science.Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematicApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm1299 views A good estimate of how many college students struggle with food insecurity is a difficult number to pin down, says new research from a team of University of Illinois experts who study food choice issues.New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cellsMay 21, 2018 8:00 am1290 views University of Illinois researchers say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets, insight that could guide development of new pharmaceutical agents. The researchers described their tracking system and their findings on the most effective delivery vehicles in the journal Nature Communications. College of Education opens new digital learning research laboratorySep 22, 2015 10:00 am1273 views The College of Education will host an event Sept. 30 to debut a new research laboratory that enables scholars to study learner interactions with digital technologies in real time while collecting massive amounts of varied data.Students use TikTok to learn about biomechanics during engineering virtual summer campsAug 13, 2020 11:30 am1265 views Teens attending the virtual summer camps hosted by the College of Engineering used the video-sharing medium TikTok to learn the principles of biomechanics and the techniques of motion-capture analysis.Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial woundsJan 5, 2021 2:30 pm1256 views U. of I. scholars are coordinating online parenting seminars and activities for students and staff members at two Illinois school systems that will explore the role of social and emotional learning in healing racial wounds. Adults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needsOct 6, 2016 1:30 pm1219 views Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am1216 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether they're found in a museum or a textbook, historical narratives about traumatic events such as war and genocide are better left to older students, who have typically developed a more refined historical consciousness, says a University of Illinois professor who studies and teaches historical instruction.Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study findsAug 23, 2016 9:30 am1176 views Guaranteed-tuition laws, touted by lawmakers as protecting college affordability and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, have received failing grades from two University of Illinois experts in higher education finance.Anderson named College of Education interim deanAug 10, 2016 10:30 am1169 views James D. Anderson, the head of the department of education policy, organization and leadership and the executive associate dean for the College of Education, will become the interim dean of the College of Education effective Aug. 16.U of I virtual test assesses bioengineering students' laboratory skillsOct 23, 2020 2:45 pm1128 views When COVID-19 forced the U. of I. to go to online-only instruction last spring, a team led by bioengineering professor Karin Jensen created a test to remotely assess students' ability to culture cells in the laboratory.Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1121 views When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time – a finding that points to the growing tension between academic freedom and campus speech codes, says U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am1108 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don't agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers' awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.Wealthy donors, think tanks major influences on education policy, study saysMar 11, 2016 2:15 pm1073 views Venture philanthropists are dramatically reshaping public education policymaking in the U.S. by funding integrated networks of think tanks and advocacy organizations that work together to push through to implementation education laws that these wealthy donors favor, a new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am1063 views University of Illinois design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to meet certain challenges.Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am1048 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm1046 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools.Illinois receives grant to help study community college transfer studentsFeb 5, 2016 9:45 am1036 views A $700,000 grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois will fund new studies focused on helping community college transfer students earn baccalaureate degrees.Changes to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based systemMay 31, 2016 9:15 am1033 views A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholars Daniel A. Collier and Richard Herman.K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemicApr 14, 2021 2:15 pm1026 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university.Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges?Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm1020 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses why so few community college students transfer to selective colleges and universities.Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts sayAug 19, 2020 3:45 pm1015 views While many academic institutions are searching for ways to prevent sexual assault and sexual coercion among their faculty members, staff and students, they are failing to address the most common forms of gender-based harassment, say experts who study harassment and discrimination at work and in academic and health care settings. In an opinion published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the experts focus on behaviors that communicate derision, disgust or disrespect for members of one sex or gender group.Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am1014 views The Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois is expanding its academic programs for men in prison with the support of a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needsJun 8, 2020 9:00 am1008 views When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found.