Sep 022019

Hurricane Dorian crawls slowly but with unmatchted power …

Climate activists have predicted this for a long time, starting in the early eighties, that the average temperature would rise. But they were wrong. It turns out that climate change will faster progress than predicted in the eighties.
One of the very obvious results of climate change is the rising surface level temperature of tropic oceans. This may not automatically result in more hurricanes because of the complex weather dynamics. But there is an association proved by the observed rise of the Power Disspation index within the last years.
So Dorian is very probable also a result of climate change.
hurricane dorian crawls slowly

I think the inhabitants of the Bahamas will suffer greatly, because the eye of the hurricane Dorian is moving very slowly. Sadly it will bring very strong winds and a lot of rainfall to the Bahamas in the next two days.
Projected track of Dorian:
Satellite image of Dorian:
Weather forecast for the Bahamas:

May 282019

EARLI 2019 program

EARLI 2019 program

The 18th Biennial EARLI Conference will be hosted by RWTH Aachen, Germany. All participants are encouraged to present results and ideas on state-of-the-art research in learning and instruction, specifically around the topic “Thinking Tomorrow’s Education: Learning from the past, in the present and for the future“.

In times of constant changes, the future is a moving target – difficult to predict and prepare for. Yet, education is doing just that. At the 18th Biennial EARLI Conference and the accompanying 23rd Conference of the Junior Researchers of EARLI, researchers in learning and instruction from all over the world come together to discuss current research findings. In order to think tomorrow’s education and education research, it is crucial to relate new findings to what we already know and elaborate how this will help foster sustainable learning processes and navigating what is yet to come.

Dates: August 10th-11th (JURE 2019) and 12th -16th (EARLI 2019)
Full Program: here
Conference App guidebook (IOS): PASSPHRASE: earli2019
Conference App guidebook (Android): PASSPHRASE: earli2019

May 222019

Meet the EARLI Journal Editors at the EARLI Conference 2019

EARLI Journal Editors

Session E: 1 Meet the EARLI Journal Editors
Date: 13.8.2019
Time: 10:15 – 11:45
Room: Lecture Hall – H06
Conference Website:

EARLI Journal editors

The EARLI journal editors will introduce the EARLI journals and the EARLI book series. They will inform the audience about specific services and goals of each journal and how to select the right journal for publishing their work. Additionally, some basic guidelines for potential authors will be presented.

EARLI Journals

EARLI publishes three peer-referred journals which are all available for free readership to all members; Learning and Instruction, Educational Research Review and the newest open access journal Frontline Learning Research. Additionally, the EARLI book series, New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction is designed to communicate the high quality research on learning and instruction to a broader audience of researchers and post-graduate students in education and psychology. Earli members are fully encouraged to submit their current research on the association’s journals.

May 162019

International Conference on Motivation 2020

The next International Conference on Motivation 2020 will be held at TU Dresden, Germany. The chair will be Susanne Narciss.

This will also be the first joint conference of the EARLI SIGs 8 and 16 in Dresden. The joint conference will be a place to go beyond disciplinary boundaries by sharing and discussing research issues and findings from all fields of Motivation, Emotion, and Metacognition. It will also offer great opportunities for detecting new pathways for collaborations that will contribute to empowering smart learning and instruction in a world of rapid and complex changes.

The ICM 2020 will be held from Thursday 3.9. untill Sunday 6.9.2020, preceded by the Summer School. The conference has one overlapping day with the conference of SIG16 (Metacognition), held from Sunday 6.9. – Tuesday 8.9.2020.

17th International Conference on Motivation (SIG 8): 3. – 6. September 2020
Summer School 2020: 31. August – 2. September 2020
9th International Conference on Metacognition (SIG 16): 6. – 8. September 2020
Location: Dresden – DGUV-Conference Center
Organizers: Faculty of Psychology – TU Dresden, SIG 8 – Motivation and Emotion, SIG 16 – Metacognition
Programm: to be anounced
Registration: to be anounced

May 152019
May 152019

Motivation to Study: 24 Tips for Teachers

Do you experience this sometimes? The students in your seminars are bored, lethargic and have no desire to follow your lessons? You do not know how to increase the motivation to study?

Then I have 24 tips for you, how to increase the motivation to study! These tips are derived from my recent research projects and the Integrated Learning and Action from:

Motivation zum Studieren

Motivation to study: The beginning

In the beginning, students need to realize what to expect. You can support this internalization process by providing in-depth information about the learning topic. The students can then establish a first learning orientation for themselves. They should be more or less aware of where their own strengths and weaknesses lie. The focus should be on the learning process and not so much on the content. Learning should always be a self-transformation. Another favorable prerequisite for a motivation to study are free choices, such as the learning topic. This promotes the autonomy experience and increases the basic motivation to learn by assuming responsibility.

  • Provide more in-depth information about the learning process and learning theme in advance
  • Transparent communication of learning objectives and learning challenges (without arousing fears)
  • Provision of tools for self-diagnosis of prior knowledge
  • Variety of learning topics (for free choice)
  • Creating a fearless learning climate
  • Implement phases of relaxation in the learning process
  • Consideration of the heterogeneity of learning motivations
  • Workshop on Motivating to Study: Tips for Teachers

    Are you interested in this topic? You can book an one-day Workshop for university teachers.


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    May 102019

    reMarkable Test
    reMarkable Test – What is a reMarkable?
    A reMarkable looks and feels like a big E-book reader. The display of the reMarkable is a very readable LCD liquid crystal display: black writing on a light gray background. The real secret of the reMarkable lies in the nature of its surface: it is a rough plastic. In combination with the fiber tip of the reMarkable pen, this results in a writing feeling that is very close to writing with a pencil on paper.

    What can you do with a reMarkable?
    Mainly writing – and in all variations: with line support or blank or on a number of other templates. It would also be possible to draw – such as small mind maps. The writing process is supported by different types of pencils and three eraser functions – also with a very practical aera fuction. You can use different planes for editing – this is especially handy for commenting PDF documents or E-books in E-PUB format.

    How does the reMarkable fit into the “normal” workflow?
    With the reMarkable APP, which runs equally well on PC and mobile phone and tablet, the documents are synchronized (tested with Windows 10 and lOS) The documents that were created on the reMarkable are immediately assssible on the PC and can be exported as picture or PDF. Conversely, you can drag and drop PDF documents and e-pub files into the reMarkable app and then immediately process them on the reMarkable. On the reMarkable there is also a fonts recognition feature available (this text was also created on the reMarkable).
    The results of this text recognition is very good with normal wording and works almost as well for the German language as for the English. However, the results of the speech recognition can not be saved so far and must be further processed by mail.

    reMarkable Test Technique
    Inside the reMarkable is a 1GHz ARM -19 with 512MB DDR 3L RAM and 8GB memory. The Codex operating system, which is based on Linux, masters all tasks without delay. The e-ink display works with a resolution of 1827 × 1404 dots on a 10.3 “diagonal, which corresponds to a resolution of 226 DPI A beautiful display that is completely sufficient for writing A backlight is not present The speed of the E-ink displays is of course – due to the design – something sluggish, which is noticeable in the construction of new pages – something like an e-book reader.The battery with 3000 mA can be charged via micro USB and lasts for several days, the pen does not need power, and at the end has a small storage for a replacement tip – very handy.

    reMarkable Test – Conclusion
    All the details of the reMarkable are really well thought out. You realize that the developers have gone to great lengths to think about everything.
    But most importantly, it’s fun to write with. And although I can type with 10 fingers quickly, I prefer writing with a pen. The reMarkable has replaced all my notebooks after a short time. ☺ And that actually says it all. A clear buy recommendation for those who need a lot of writing and prefer to work with a pen rather than a keyboard.

    Here you can find a discount of 80 euros on the reMarkable.


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