blog posts Benefits of online interaction for teens outweigh danger, professor says Nov 6, 2007 9:00 am2167 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Is there such a thing as being too safe on the Internet? One University of Illinois education researcher believes there is, at least when teenagers are concerned. How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success? Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am2085 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. Mouza named College of Education dean Jul 7, 2022 1:00 pm2083 views Chrystalla Mouza has been appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 15, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Anderson named College of Education dean Jun 7, 2017 9:45 am1988 views James D. Anderson, the interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the dean effective Aug. 16. Seventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulation Mar 30, 2016 11:30 am1979 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. Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socialization May 20, 2010 9:00 am1895 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. Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languages Jan 29, 2019 11:30 am1847 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 plans Feb 9, 2018 11:45 am1835 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. New program to support U of I freshmen with autism Jun 24, 2022 8:45 am1804 views The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative, a pilot program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will provide autism-specific support to freshmen with autism. Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study finds Nov 19, 2015 9:30 am1797 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. Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study finds Sep 1, 2016 10:45 am1754 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. With online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaks Jun 27, 2016 11:00 am1750 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. Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggests Jul 24, 2012 9:00 am1747 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. Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study finds Apr 18, 2013 9:00 am1726 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. Studies examine effects of California's push for computer science education Feb 24, 2022 8:15 am1725 views Despite California’s push for computer science education, race and gender disparities persist among the high schools offering these courses, the students enrolled in them and the teachers. What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities? Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1720 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 might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois? Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am1694 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. How is higher education making college degrees more attainable? Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1664 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. 'The Game Changer' documentary on accessibility pioneer Tim Nugent premieres Sept. 22 on BTN Sep 13, 2016 2:00 pm1648 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. Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessness Feb 12, 2009 9:00 am1622 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. College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special education Feb 26, 2020 8:00 am1575 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. Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilities Jul 3, 2018 11:15 am1543 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. How are social media changing higher education? Apr 22, 2021 8:00 am1520 views Fear of reprisals from outraged parties on social media and unspoken rules about acceptable discourse on college campuses constrain what faculty members teach, research and discuss, says sociology professor Ilana Redstone. Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs Apr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1502 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. Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power? Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1497 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 Hund War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger students Sep 3, 2009 9:00 am1467 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. Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds Jan 5, 2021 2:30 pm1447 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. What tips can help educators convert in-person courses to online instruction? Jul 9, 2020 12:00 pm1433 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. Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study finds Jan 4, 2019 8:30 am1431 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. Group learning makes children better decision-makers, study finds Jan 19, 2016 1:00 pm1422 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 finds Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am1413 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. Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended Aug 10, 2017 8:30 am1380 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. Study examines Teach For America’s impact on costs, hiring at five school systems Feb 19, 2016 10:30 am1373 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. Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematic Apr 24, 2019 1:00 pm1366 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 book examines the evolution of academic freedom at the U of I Nov 29, 2021 1:45 pm1363 views A new book, "Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK," explores how the prevailing moral values of the 1960s affected protections for scholars at the U. of I. Students use TikTok to learn about biomechanics during engineering virtual summer camps Aug 13, 2020 11:30 am1353 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. Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projects Aug 26, 2019 2:30 pm1348 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. Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s future Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1336 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. New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells May 21, 2018 8:00 am1304 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 laboratory Sep 22, 2015 10:00 am1279 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. Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study finds Aug 23, 2016 9:30 am1256 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. Adults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needs Oct 6, 2016 1:30 pm1249 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. U of I virtual test assesses bioengineering students' laboratory skills Oct 23, 2020 2:45 pm1231 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. Anderson named College of Education interim dean Aug 10, 2016 10:30 am1172 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. Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study says Nov 4, 2013 9:00 am1166 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. Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professors May 9, 2016 1:00 pm1153 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. Research questions belief that private schools are better than publics Apr 7, 2005 9:00 am1104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagement Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am1104 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details. Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prison May 22, 2018 8:00 am1102 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. Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focus Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm1092 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.