blog postsU of I virtual test assesses bioengineering students' laboratory skillsOct 23, 2020 2:45 pm443 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.Distracted learning a big problem, golden opportunity for educators, studentsOct 13, 2020 11:00 am1520 views Experts say media multitasking negatively impacts learning, but many students believe they're immune to these effects because they're good multitaskers, according to a review paper by U. of I. professor Shelly J. Schmidt.Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts sayAug 19, 2020 3:45 pm873 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.Students use TikTok to learn about biomechanics during engineering virtual summer campsAug 13, 2020 11:30 am981 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.What tips can help educators convert in-person courses to online instruction?Jul 9, 2020 12:00 pm1343 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.Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needsJun 8, 2020 9:00 am951 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.Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study findsApr 24, 2020 8:15 am1298 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.What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online?Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am2116 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning.Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am2706 views Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, who teach only online courses and develop learning technologies, discuss the potential impact of social distancing on postsecondary distance learning.College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special educationFeb 26, 2020 8:00 am1471 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.Program for parents aims to help youths with autism successfully transition to adulthoodJan 16, 2020 10:30 am2832 views A 12-week training program will be offered in Naperville, Illinois, for parents of youths and young adults with autism so they can help their children successfully transition to adulthood.Direct college admissions conference on campus Dec. 6Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am900 views A national conference on direct college admissions policies will be held Dec. 6 on the University of Illinois campus to explore how these programs can increase college access and boost enrollment.New website rates local restaurants on accessibility for people with disabilitiesOct 29, 2019 9:15 am4072 views Access Urbana-Champaign, a new website created by a University of Illinois professor of special education and her students, rates local restaurants on their accessibility to people with disabilities.Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I.Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm442 views Camille A. Farrington, an expert on academic equity and mindsets, will speak at a seminar on the University of Illinois campus on Nov. 14-15. OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher educationSep 9, 2019 9:00 am928 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership.Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperitySep 5, 2019 11:15 am542 views People with student loans who participate in financial education programs become better financial managers, building personal wealth after college, University of Illinois researchers found in a recent study.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm923 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.Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projectsAug 26, 2019 2:30 pm1240 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.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1496 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.Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 9:15 am2118 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior.Parental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study findsJun 20, 2019 9:45 am1708 views In a new study of more than 480,800 families, psychologists at the University of Illinois found that the more involved parents were in their children’s schooling, the better the children’s adjustment.Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hungerMay 10, 2019 12:15 pm829 views Participating in a food-distribution program that provides children from food-insecure households with backpacks of meals for the weekend improves their school attendance on Fridays, a new study found.Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation ratesApr 29, 2019 8:30 am819 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found.Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematicApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm1174 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.Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges?Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm973 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.Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languagesJan 29, 2019 11:30 am1260 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.Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study findsJan 4, 2019 8:30 am1399 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.For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am850 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1608 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.College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm833 views Many teens in China are embarking on study tours of U.S. colleges, creating a potentially lucrative market sector for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses in the Midwest, a new study found.Founder of musical theater troupe for people with disabilities to give Goldstick LectureAug 20, 2018 11:45 am255 views Krista Wilkinson, the founder of a musical theater troupe for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Sept. 13.Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adultsJul 30, 2018 12:00 pm769 views Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am1253 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.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am14007 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be June 26-27Jun 4, 2018 1:30 pm394 views Two Chicago educators who recently received Golden Apple Awards for their innovative teaching practices will be the keynote speakers at the 2018 Beginning Teacher Conference at the University of Illinois.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am1043 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.Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm336 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cellsMay 21, 2018 8:00 am1255 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. Brazilians with less education more likely to report being in poor health, study findsMay 16, 2018 8:45 am709 views Brazilians with less education are more likely to self-report as being in poor health, according to a study using data from nationwide surveys distributed every five years from 1998 to 2013. The study also found that general subjective health did not improve over the study period, even though more people gained education throughout the study, indicating that other factors associated with poor education may need to be addressed to improve self-perceptions of health.Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am455 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm2761 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm2274 views By the time boys who are dubbed class clowns reach third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle -- and view themselves as social failures -- as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found.Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1404 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. Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am985 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.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am2153 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm1583 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1465 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 HundPaper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am647 views Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine have found that creating short videos that explain information presented during physiology lectures makes teaching easier for medical educators and learning easier for their students.Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years laterFeb 26, 2018 8:15 am3664 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report.Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am1363 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.