Thursday, July 19, 2012

Improving Effectiveness of Teaching in Classrooms

Most of the time, teachers are still clueless as to how they can increase the effectiveness of teaching in classrooms. This is especially a matter of concern for those schools imparting distance education. The major criterion of long distance learning is that the student is reliant on tuition and the required help from teachers without actually ever meeting them in person. Critics of such learning are of the view that since students do not get the opportunity to physically meet with their mentors there is high chance of the students being distracted from a focused route of learning. Too much of convenience (to learn at their own time and place) may ruin their academic career leading to isolation from the study environments.

Supporters of distance learning however argue there is enough scope for potential students to excel in their studies provided that the teachers follow the right path to success. Now, how can the teachers easily create a perfect learning ambiance without taking too much of the headaches?

Create an Online Forum

Professors need to create and manage an online forum or community and offer an active platform to chat, interact, and share useful content with their students. The learners also need a place where they can get in touch with the instructors whenever required. There can be students who need constant guidance from teachers to better their performance and this can be done easily via online private social communities.

Include High-tech Technology Tools

There are a host of highly advanced technology based tools that the class administrators can use to have a student-friendly class environment. For example, there is the web conferencing facility plus introduction of webcams that let the teachers see their students and vice versa. Emailing is a handy tool to have especially for learners to let them send you mails stating their queries and unsolved problems. It is actually a quicker process to open such emails and address individual queries as per convenience, 24/7.

Encourage Students to Maintain Blogs

To provide an enhanced classroom setting, you should encourage your students to create blogs. In such blogs, learners can post learning content, useful website links, and images to share the same with their classmates. They can also post their assignments on the personal blog for the teachers to review the same in real-time. Such constant interactions and engagements with the teacher and their peers will motivate the students to concentrate more on their studies and have a successful educational career ahead.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to Increase Your Online Class Attendance - Using Class Management Solution

Organizing an online class and maximizing the number of attendees is not always a simple job. You will need to consider several aspects for making your program appealing and attractive that can earn you higher attendees. The class management solution, can offer you the best services, if you are looking for effective ways to increase the online class attendance.

The One stop solution for increasing number of attendees:

As technology has made the world smaller and intact, online services are on great demand, which saves both time as well as efforts. The class management solution offers online access to registration, 24x7 where aspiring students, interested in your class or program can register anytime and from any location, just using internet connection. This ultimately will help in increasing the attendance rates.

Once you are done with the sign up process, the next step is to make the registration page eye-catching and appealing. The solution allows you to create customized registration page, where you can add up logos and images pertaining to the organization and the course or program. This will give your registration page a new look and feel, which will help you in drawing the attention of interested students.

The payment options offered by the solution is also very convenient, as the students can pay the registration fees, in real time, using credit cards, PayPal, wire transfers and such other gateways. As the payment system offers high quality security for processing transactions, registrant will feel satisfied in sharing credit card and other important details. Often due to payment complexities and security issues, interested students turn way from a particular class or program. But you can avoid all these situations, employing the solution and can generate potential attendees to your class.

The solution helps you in promoting your class in the various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+, which will help you in increasing the popularity of the class. As a significant portion of the young generation is active in these social sites, it can be a powerful and influential platform, for promoting your class and increasing your attendee list. By creating accounts on all these popular social sites and updating informative contents, blogs, videos, pictures about your organization and the class session conducted previously, you can publicize your class to millions of users and promote it extensively.

Apart from the promotional activities that can help you in earning both higher attendees and ROI, the class management solution also play a vital role in making your class more effective and interactive, offering various other added services.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Untold Story of Landmark Education

You might have heard about Landmark education before but you thought that was another one of those get-rich schemes that are coming up all over. However, wait until you hear the entire story. You will chastise yourself for making a hasty prejudgment on something you haven't even tested yet.

If you attend the Landmark forum, nothing will prepare you for what is to come, except, perhaps the person who "forced" you to sign up. You will often hear that you will be attending regular classes at the Landmark education, but nothing is regular about it. "Regular" classes are meant to get you to doze off for most of the duration that you will be sitting there. Landmark forum classes are the exact opposite. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat with the exciting stories and teachings you receive at the Landmark forum.

The secret to this excitement lies with the fact that active participation is encouraged, and if you concentrate well enough, you will be able to relate with many of the stories that participants will recount. Most of the first-time participants at Landmark education come whining about how their life is hell, but when they leave, they have encouraging stories of how they turned their lives around. Most importantly, they put their relationships back on track and make a huge difference in their community.

In fact, many former and current Landmark forum participants are engaged in various activities that bring some value to their lives and those of their friends, family, and the community. That is because they have acquired the skills to address and change the challenges that they face on a daily basis.

One great thing is that Landmark education does not discriminate. People of all ages, gender, creed, education level, or political affiliation can join without feeling odd. You will meet people with similar experiences and some with extraordinary ones, and they will tell you how remarkable Landmark forum has been in changing their lives.

If you thought something was impossible to achieve, wait until you start attending the Landmark education classes. Nothing will seem impossible after that. You will learn that impossibility lies within your mind and you can let it go if you want.

To this very day, there have been thousands of graduates of Landmark forum. What they do after the graduation is what matters. Many of them have contributed to making the world a better place. You can imagine how many lives would be saved if someone invented a drug that cured an incurable disease. What would you say if a year from now, you were recognized for your efforts in ending poverty in your community? Unfortunately, when you come out the Landmark education, you become a different person who does not revel in personal glory but you will rejoice that your efforts have borne fruit. That is the main purpose of the Landmark forum; to produce selfless and productive individuals who enjoy life to the fullest.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Winterbourne View - Serious Case Review

In May 2011, the BBC aired an episode of their revered series 'Panorama' which would shock not only the general public, but those who worked daily in care and social services. Winterbourne View Hospital for those with Learning Disabilities became the focus of the media, the law and the world.

Patients were referred from the NHS to the hospital, owned by Castlebeck Care Ltd, under the belief that they would receive appropriate care, assessment and rehabilitation, to allow the service users to return to their normal home life. As the programme documented, a severe amount of abuse was occurring there that was yet to be discovered.

It displayed care workers and nurses at the establishment hitting, slapping and abusing several patients. One carer put a woman into the shower with her clothes still on, and others sat on patients, not allowing them to get up and sometimes even using chairs to perform this act. The serious abuse highlighted the 'appalling standards of care' that were witnessed on the footage.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reacted quickly to the broadcast, carrying out four inspections of the premises, suspending all admissions to the hospital and pursuing regulatory action against Castlebeck Care, which resulted in the closure of the unit in June 2011. With a Safeguarding Adults Board assembled through the CQC, South Gloucestershire Council and all involved in the hospital, a Serious Case Review was carried out. This was published on August 7th, 2012.

Written by Margaret Flynn, it detailed several missed opportunities for action to be taken and a lack of appropriate training amongst the many criticisms of this case. It reported how complaints had previously been made by patients of the hospital to staff and family members, none of which has been said to have been believed. Former Nurse at the unit, Terry Bryan, explained the situation to the hospital manager in the first instance. When nothing came of this, Terry wrote to the Care Quality Commission to file a Whistleblower report on the abuse that was happening at the establishment. He eventually took this complaint to the BBC, at which point it was handed over to Panorama.

The review states that the owners, Castlebeck Care had in their policies and procedures 'sufficient rules' on how the hospital was to be managed and the services executed. The criticism of this was that staff did not follow the rules and were not enforced to do so. The staff did not receive sufficient training and managers did not fulfil their duty of care. Communication problems were also noted, the most important being that the hospital did not report injuries adequately, often failing to inform the family of the patient, the NHS service from which they were referred and the CQC.

The clear theme throughout the Serious Case Review and Executive Summary was that more questions should have been asked. The organisations involved included the Safeguarding Staff, the Police and the CQC and greater communication would have made more people aware of the problems at Winterbourne View.

The Lessons To Be Learned from the review were comprehensive and a clear indication of how the services need to operate to eradicate the risk of this type of case in the future. It included making better ways to check with hospitals that their patients with Learning Disabilities had ensured safety. It also states that staff need to listen more effectively to patients, especially those with communication problems. Any patients who are taken ill, or have to go to an emergency department whilst admitted to a hospital must be reported to the relevant bodies and communicated to all involved. And lastly that any patients affected by the experience at Winterbourne View must receive any additional help required to recover from their ordeal.

The Winterbourne View case is one that gained a lot of attention from the media and in turn, the general public. Awareness of the abuse in hospitals has been heightened ever since and this will have a positive effect on the reporting of problems in this area, however there is still much to learn from this incident.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Basic Stages for a Crime Scene Investigation - Tips for Crime Scene Technicians

The crime scene investigator returns the microphone to its clip and begins the drive to the latest assignment. A crime scene investigation begins well before the CSI enters a structure, an open field or wooded area. Usually the radio dispatch message is brief and seldom reveals the full nature of the incident. Most often this is done to avoid drawing onlookers and the media who may be monitoring the dispatch frequency. As the CSI turns onto the street in question, his first obligation is to "turn on" his powers of observation. He may make a mental note of what he sees, hears and smells-or better still-records them on a digital voice recorder. His first reaction to the scene must be, "Does anything look out-of-place?" What odors may be noticeable and are there unusual sounds.

Secure and Protect Scene

Hopefully the first responders haven't caused too much disruption to any potential physical evidence. Before even stepping inside the structure, ingress and egress to it must be controlled. Sentries at all possible entrances should be put in place. The CSI, after learning the basic facts-in this case it appears that a white male appears to have a single bullet wound the head and rigor has set in-- this from the first responders, so the CSI will establish the boundaries of the crime scene. Then... out comes the crime scene tape.

Initiate Preliminary Survey

Again... before entering the structure an exterior survey is needed. This may be nothing more that walking around the exterior of the structure to see if any obvious evidence is apparent. This would include open windows, damaged doors, ladders and the like. The question the CSI is asking is... how was entry made to the structure?

Once indoors, the CSI will make a visual survey of the actual room in which the incident reported took place. This is a good time to also take overall photos of the scene. He will then survey adjoining rooms to determine if these spaces may have information relative to the incident.

Most law enforcement agencies conduct such investigations of an unattended death (no physician present) as a possible homicide-until it is determined otherwise.

Unlike some TV dramas, the CSI is on site for the purpose of finding, evaluating and collecting physical evidence. In most agencies, statements from witnesses and survivors are handled by the investigators/detectives.

Of course, during this entire survey period, the CSI is taking notes and/or recordings of his sensory observations.

Evaluate Physical Evidence Possibilities

The very nature of what appears to be obvious should trigger the thought-processes of the CSI. What happened here, when did it happen and what sort of evidence should be present? Questions that should be answered initially are:

· Did the shooting occur in this room

· Has the body been moved (by first responders or perpetrator(s)

· Has any object been moved (especially by first responders or family members

· Were additional shots besides the one in the victim's head. This means examining walls, ceiling, room objects, etc.

· Are shell casings apparent. If so-mark them with placards, evidence tents, etc. so they will be obvious in photos.

· Are traces of blood apparent in other areas of the room-indicating movement of the victim

· Is blood spatter apparent

· Are there signs of a struggle

· Are there visible footprints in the blood

Each crime scene may well generate other questions to be answered by the CSI. The above list is simply the most obvious questions.

Prepare a Narrative of the Scene

The CSI's notes can serve as a very critical part of the overall physical evidence available from the scene. The investigator must keep in mind that months or even years later this case may go to trial. Your notes must present the full story of what you saw and any impressions the evidence gave you. Avoid speculation as to what occurred unless you have physical evidence to back it up.

Capture the Scene Photographically

Be certain to have overall, medium range and close-up shots of any potential physical evidence. Be certain to include scales in the close-up shots.

Prepare the Crime Scene Sketch

Many CSIs will prepare the rough sketch at the scene and will complete a detailed sketch back at headquarters. The rough sketch should contain no more or no less than the final, detailed sketch. It is always recommended that an assistant help out when taking measurements, and it's a good idea is to have this individual verify each measurement to avoid questions later.

Conduct a Detailed Search

Go over every square inch of the scene in an attempt to locate even the smallest particle of evidence. (This brings to mind a recent case wherein a woman was brutally beaten to death in her bedroom. Several days after the crime scene was released to the family, the victim's sister found a tooth from the victim on the bedroom carpet).

Many crime scenes warrant the use of an evidence vacuum in the scene to collect any potential microparticle evidence such as hair and fibers. This step should be performed prior to any close in inspection of the victim.

Record and Collect Physical Evidence

As potential evidence is located it should be recorded on the crime scene sketch as well as in photographs. If your agency offers the luxury of having a videographer on hand, video often tells a compelling story to a jury.

Crime scene evidence is useless unless it is properly marked and packaged and a Chain of Evidence is begun from the time it is picked up. Use the proper type of containers for all evidence collected. Never package objects wet with blood or other physiological fluids in plastic bags, as this will accelerate decomposition. Label and identify all evidence collected, including the notes taken by the investigator.

Of course, the digital age we live in takes note of electronic devices like computers and cellphones. This type of evidence requires special handling and only experts trained in working with digital items should be permitted to handle and collect these items.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What Can Be the Best Approaches to Classroom Management?

The success of a class depends to a large extent on the managerial strategies that the class organizer adopts at different points of time. Having a streamlined approach to classroom management can lead to a perfect learning environment harnessing productive engagement between the teacher and the students and enabling you to run your classes smoothly without any disruptions. It can go a long way in having an increased number of people enrolling in your classes and courses.

Now, what are the factors that contribute to effective classroom management? Let's discuss them in detail.

Interact with Your Students as Friends

Always treat the students as your partners It will create a friendly ambiance in the class. They will feel comfortable in coming up to you with their questions and problems. As a teacher, you get the chance to listen to their problems and provide effective solutions. This will eventually lead to increased harmony in the classroom leaving no space for chaos.

Ask Questions in the Class

You should frame questions that you can put to your students when class is in session. Tell the students to write the answers on a sheet of paper. To encourage interaction, you can allow the learners to discuss the answers amongst themselves. Group discussions lead to sharing unique ideas and solutions to a problem.

Round-the-Clock Tasks

While giving out assignments to the class, ensure you set a specific time to finish the task. This will help students to stay focused on the entire lesson and quickly come up with answers.

Keep High Expectations in Your Class

Speak about why you believe your students are the best, why they will not create chaos in the classroom and always maintain discipline and decorum. Reinforce this by telling your students what you expect from them. For example, you may say, "During the whole group session, I expect you all to raise your hands and be recognized before you start speaking. I also expect you to respect each other's opinions and listen to what your peers have to say."

Provide Flexible Access to Learning

In case you are the online class organizer, make sure that students get instant access to all learning materials, course catalogs, online calendars, and assignment details at their convenience. There should not be any difficulty in viewing and downloading necessary learning content, 24/7.

Enable Real-time Collaboration

Online learning calls for real-time collaborations between the teacher and the online learners to work together more efficiently with rich multimedia communications. People must get the opportunity to freely share relevant study materials plus exchange webpage links with each other over Skype or via an online forum.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

6 Major Advantages of Online Bloodborne Pathogen Training

All employees who are at a risk for exposure to infections and germs at their workplace are required to undergo bloodborne pathogen training. This includes doctors, nurses, blood bank technicians, laboratory technicians, housekeeping staff, to name a few. Many times they are given the training at their workplace itself. Aside to these workers, this training is also good for others like janitors, workmen, waste handlers, and others like them as they are exposed to infectious pathogens at one time or another.

It becomes difficult for working people to take time out of their busy days to attend training classes. To solve their problem, bloodborne pathogen training is now available online too. There are various agencies that offer these courses.

Six major advantages of online bloodborne pathogen training and mentioned below.

• Available 24 x 7: This is a huge advantage. You don't need to shuffle your schedule to squeeze in some time for classes. You can get trained sitting in your home. Learn all about bloodborne pathogens and staying healthy anytime and anywhere.

• User friendly and easy: Even if you are not an expert when it comes to working the internet, you will find some online programs easy and extremely user friendly. You will be provided with the software for the program. You can run the software and start your training. Or often you can just log into online sites and learn that way.

• Useful study material: The study material you will receive as part of a training program should include case studies and real life incidents that will enable you to practically understand the deeper aspects of bloodborne pathogen training. Through the case studies you will be trained about the prevention methods to prevent spread of bloodborne pathogens. There are other various resource materials that will be provided for your reference and personal study. These study materials are often great as they are in simple language and easy to understand. You can keep them even after the course ends for your reference.

• Track your performance: As you continue with your training program, you can keep a track of your performance and exam scores. Sitting at home, the web helps you access all your marks and progress through the weeks of training. Once you successfully complete your course, you will be awarded a certificate which you can download and print out.

• Recognized by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration): Before you enroll yourself for an online training program, make sure that the organization is reputed and is recognized by OSHA. These days most online bloodborne pathogen training programs are recognized by national agencies and adhere to the OSHA guidelines.

• Economical: An online training program is much more economical than classroom-based training. On top of being convenient, accessible, easy and comprehensive, the fact that is not at all expensive just seals the deal. However, the cost does not affect the quality of the training provided. You will get the best training for much less money.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

3 Key Reasons Why People Choose Not to Enroll in Your Classes

Being a class organizer it is your responsibility to keep on adding new highly demanding programs every academic year and also see to it that the registration count increases steadily. However you may surprisingly note that not all your classes are running on full capacity; neither the prospective candidates you contacted nor the ones who've shown active interest to enroll turned up on the sign-up day. You must be in wondering as to what went wrong. Well, the reason of such poor attendance in your classes may be because of your inability to create that engagement and loyalty quotient with your students.
Inadequate Advertising and Promotion
Before the start of a fresh semester or the beginning of a new academic year, it is crucial to build up a strong marketing team. The personnel will be responsible for creating the required buzz around your classes. Both offline print media channels and online social media platforms need to be fully utilized to get maximum attention and interest for participating in your classes. You must ensure that you post all the upcoming course details, including registrations and payment processing options on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and such other popular web platforms. Additionally, it goes beyond saying that newspapers, educational magazines are still an important part of our daily lives; hence you should give ads on such channels. Besides, there is the television and radio networks where at certain times of the day your advertisement should come up.
Informing People via Mail
Apart from marketing your classes to the public, it is quite necessary to post mails to people you know will be interested to attend the courses being offered. Sending handwritten letters by post may take days to reach the concerned person. Often it has been found that the invitation has been delivered late after the passing of the registration date! A good alternative can be sending out invitations or reminders to people via email. Such digital mails reach a person faster and you get instant confirmation on the successful delivery of the same.
Outdated Registration System
The traditional manual process of registration is quite time-consuming. You need to send the final draft of the registration form to the printer to get the required number of hard-copies. Post the printing process you may find some errors at the very last minute. You need to send the edited version again for printing. Online class registration solutions have come in the marketplace to reduce your workload and tension. They are easy-to-use and quite cost-effective. You will get the chance to create and publish registration forms online. Besides, potential students can complete the sign-up process using just a computer with internet connectivity. Time saving plus no travelling cost as such.

Friday, January 13, 2012

How to Make Your Class Tech - Savvy and Student-Friendly?

There are a lot of technology based tools available these days suitable for classroom usage; however many teachers either may not be aware of their existence or are not fully trained in using those solutions. A majority of schools today are using technology-driven solutions quite successfully. Technology helps the education fraternity to remain connected and updated about practically everything happening around them. From this standpoint, teachers can invite technology usage in their classrooms to let the students stay hooked on to their studies.
While going to school every day, students can carry their laptops or digital notebooks to stay connected to the internet. However, nowadays many schools are allocating computer access to each individual learner for sharing and downloading important website links and files related to their course.
Teachers are also allowing their students to carry cell phones to classrooms and most importantly use them during school hours. Mobile-optimized websites can be easily browsed using a mobile phone which has web access.
Students should be allowed to post important news and informative articles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on to share the experiences with their online friends. Often, you can resolve a complex math problem and find answers to a question by asking your followers on various social networking sites. Teachers can also use YouTube and such other video sharing sites to upload useful educational video clips for enhanced learning and advanced know-how.
Students can also email the teacher seeking clarifications. Instructors get the chance to give quick responses to such questions at their convenience beyond normal school hours. Class administrators can also use the emailing tool to instantly respond to the student with their suggestions in real-time. New students may also be contacted in this manner.
Majority of schools supporting the usage of technology encourages their students to create personal blogs. They can post interesting articles written either by them or by some noted educationalist on their blogs. Such a web platform can also be used to share important website hyperlinks, pictures, and video clips at anytime from any place in the world.
Many professors use LCD projectors in the classrooms to show interesting slide shows and presentations to the learners. For schools that cannot afford to buy computers for each student can of course use one computer to turn it into a powerful learning medium for a group of learners. Using LCD projectors also leads to higher interactivity in classrooms since people can easily relate to an audio visual more than just plain text.
Using technology can be fun at the school, college or at a university. Learners are more enthusiastic to find ready answers to otherwise difficult questions and chat with their peers studying in some other educational institute. Thus, through the usage of online learning solutions, quality knowledge transfer can take place in almost no time.