LinkedIn A new research review which consolidates thinking on how students engage with feedback has been published by psychologists at the University of Surrey and Aston University in Educational Psychologist. Run in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the project has also led to the launch of a ‘Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit‘, which suggests interactive workshops and a feedback portfolio as ways of helping students to better engage with their feedback.Getting feedback on assignments is a key part of the learning process for students, and optimising its effectiveness is particularly important in an era of rising tuition fees and concern among universities about student satisfaction levels and their impact on league table rankings.The systematic review, which looked at evidence from 195 different studies published since 1985, revealed that learners’ engagement with feedback is often poor, with many students failing to look at written feedback or only looking at it once. The review acknowledges that there are a range of reasons why students fail to engage effectively with feedback – for example, they may find it difficult to understand, may not know how to use it, may not feel capable of changing what they do, or may lack motivation to engage with the advice they receive. Share Pinterest Share on Facebook The review found that students’ use of feedback is influenced not just by what advice is given, but also by various characteristics of the sender and receiver, and characteristics of the learning context. For example the modular structure of many degree courses means that students can perceive feedback on one assignment as irrelevant if they have now moved onto a new module.One of the main recommendations to emerge from the review was that when educators try to improve students’ use of feedback, they should first focus on the skills that their students will need in order to engage effectively. The authors identified a number of crucial learning skills and suggested that multiple interventions are likely to be needed to successfully improve all of these skills.Based on this research, the Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit has been created to help educators and students overcome some of the key barriers to engagement with feedback. Including a feedback guide for students, the toolkit suggests running feedback workshops, and using a feedback portfolio aimed at enabling students to see how feedback influences their progression.The review’s lead author, Dr Naomi Winstone from the University of Surrey, commented, “It’s very clear that receiving feedback shouldn’t be the end of the process: it should be the starting point.“What we’ve proposed is that students will often need support in developing the necessary skills for using feedback well. Making space within the curriculum to specifically focus on these skills could help more students to make better use of the advice they receive.” Email Share on Twitter
NMSP will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints throughout March in all New Mexico counties. Courtesy photoNMSP News:State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March.NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.
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Wood Group said it has acquired Beta Machinery Analysis, a Calgary-based engineering consultancy specializing in advanced vibration analysis in a deal valued at US$14.3 million.“Beta’s expertise in advanced vibration, pulsation stress and dynamic analysis of piping systems and machinery during the design and production phases are key elements in integrity management and strengthen Wood Group’s capabilities,” the company said in a statement, adding that these services can be applied to field troubleshooting, monitoring and inspection of both greenfield and brownfield assets throughout the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas market.Beta’s current focus is the topsides, utilities, refineries and facilities sector. The company employs approximately 100 personnel across their Canada, U.S., China and Malaysia locations and will continue to be led by its existing management team under Russ Barss, Beta president.Beta’s service offering is complementary to Wood Group Kenny, as well as Wood Group PSN and Wood Group Mustang, with its services easily transferrable to the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines sector, Wood Group said.The engineering consultancy will operate under Wood Group Kenny, specifically within the Wood Group Integrity Management business.[mappress mapid=”17497″]Image: Beta Machinery Analysis
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ct sp college of cape town This year marks the 17th year of existence of the College of Cape Town. We have a proud history that reaches back over a century prior to the creation of the College as a merged institution in 2002, yet we remain responsive to the needs of our community.We take pride in our growth and achievements. The College of Cape Town is rated as one of the top TVET Colleges in the country.Our students receive recognised, accredited qualifications that are in high demand by commerce and industry throughout South Africa. These qualifications include skills programmes and National technical, vocational and occupational programmes.The qualifications offered by the College are affordable and are quality assured by Umalusi, various SETAs, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and various professional bodies.The College has recently been awarded the Ministers’ Award for the Most Innovatively Governed and Managed TVET College in South Africa, and the Most Innovative College in the area of Information and Communication Technology.The College been selected as the National Centre of Specialisation in Plumbing and National Centre of Specialisation in Automotive, Motor Mechanics. This sets us apart from all other institutions.Constantly moving forwardOur vision at the College of Cape Town is to be the preferred provider of Education and Training, by committing to be an institution of excellence. We strive to develop the potential of our clients in response to the skills development needs of our country.We value an environment of Ubuntu that includes respect, diversity, honesty, transparency, care, teamwork, commitment, empowerment, equal opportunities, embracing change and transformation.The secret to our successThe College of Cape Town is proud of our brand and identity and celebrates all it encompasses.The brand promise fulfils an important role in establishing what we stand for and want to achieve, it provides the ‘reason for being’.Our aspiration is to inspire both younger and older minds to achieve their dreams and goals and also by assisting them in becoming skilled and productive citizens.Our staff are highly motivated to provide the necessary learning through passion and inspiration to be effective in the classroom.We provide the necessary theory together with practical and Industry-focused teaching methods.Our unique identityThe strong red circle in our logo represents the College of Cape Town, a symbol of strength in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.The smaller circles in orbit around the centre are our communities. These are our student communities, Commerce and Industry, SETA’s, Government, our staff and other local and International stakeholders that we hold close to our core.The College provides high-quality education and training to equip students with the qualifications and skills needed for their career path. We support our students throughout their time with the College, from academic support, work integrated learning, health and wellness services, sport and recreation, and work placement.Our students are not just local; they come from all the provinces of South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and many countries abroad. We embrace all nationalities.Our Staff and StudentsOur students and staff literally carry the brand with pride wherever they go by wearing branded clothing. They also learn to live the values that the College represents and that will carry them forward in their journey of life.StakeholdersThe College collaborates with external partners to address skills development and education and training needs to ensure that our students get relevant qualifications.College of Cape Town leads in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and has much to offer students and prospective partners. The alternative that works!Born Of Experience And Reflecting Our Reputation‘Education means inspiring someone’s mind, not just filing their head’- Katie Lusk ct sp college of cape town ct sp college of cape town red shirts 1 of 3 ct sp college of cape town principal
Dr Ellapen Rapiti, KenwynThe recent ConCourt ruling, outlawing corporal punishment in the home has raised the ire of many people and has became a highly controversial topic.Unfortunately, people opposed to the ruling, have painted some unrealistic and implausible scenarios that might ensue as a result of this ruling. Some went so far as to suggest that up to five million parents could be jailed for spanking their children.None of the things, is really going to happen because it would be impractical The law, now, makes it possible to deal with parents, who resort to corporal punishment as the only means of discipline, and to prevent such punishment from causing serious physical and emotional harm to children. Outlawing corporal punishment, as a way of discipline has been shot down by overwhelming evidence that there are better and more humane ways of raising and disciplining children.One of the main arguments against cor-poral punishment is that it incorrectly teaches children to resolve conflict with violence. The ruling deals with spanking but there are many other forms of violence that children are subjected to by their parents, who often lack proper parenting skills and who, are unwilling to learn these skills. These other forms of violence are emotional, psychological, financial and total parental neglect.In my many years of counselling children, I have come across several instances, where parents bully their defenceless young children by screaming at them and instilling the worst form of fear into them for the most insignificant and bizarre reasons. I have had to deal with several children, who were subjected to the same type of fear from their teachers, who used rulers on their learners fingers, hands and heads. Most children came to see me for symptoms like bed wetting, nightmares, school refusal and a range of unexplainable symptoms, like headaches, stomach cramps, anxiety and even depression.When corporal punishment was the norm, hundreds of years ago, little was understood about child behaviour and the many causes for erratic and disruptive behaviour in children. Today, we have learnt so much about early childhood and adolescent behaviours, its causes and treatment, that there is overwhelming evidence that corporal punishment, does more harm than good.Some of the reasons for disruptive behaviour are strongly linked to conditions like attention deficit hyperactive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, separation anxiety, severe depression, learning disorders, malnourishment and other undiagnosed mental conditions.We still do not know why children have many of the above conditions but what we do know is that: proper identification of these problems and appropriate treatment with proper counselling, and, if necessary, with medication, many of these children can do remarkably well.Some of the causes for aberrant social behaviour in children is often the result of family violence and substance abuse, mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy; being bullied in school by other pupils and teachers; children constantly being picked upon and being labelled as stupid; parental neglect; waking up with nightmares after witnessing gruesome violence by gangs in their streets; or after being sexually abused by a family member and being forced into silence.The following case should illustrate my point. A fifteen-year lad, in a youth centre was referred to me for assessment for an attempted suicide. He was in the centre for violent behaviour, house-breaking and for being in possession of drugs. He was diagnosed with disruptive and defiant behaviour.When he sat in front of me, I saw a pleasant, sad boy. I asked him about where he stayed and about his parents and I was totally shocked to hear his sad story. At the age of eight he witnessed his father maim and kill his mother with a knife and stabbed his grandmother in a total state of drunken stupor and ran away in his car. The boy screamed but could do nothing to stop his mad drunk father from killing his mother. The boy had to relive the experience when he had to testify in court. His dad was imprisoned for his crime. He told me that he wants his dad to rot in jail for taking his mother’s life. I could understand the his anger, frustration and rebellious behaviour.He lived with his father’s family but they resented him for testifying against his dad.Clearly, the boy had no proper adult supervision and little care . As is common with many children like this young boy, they turn to drugs, drop out of school, become rebellious and turn to crime to survive. Who can blame them?I counselled him as best as I could and was pleased to hear that he wanted to quit drugs, educate himself and make something of himself. I could see that he felt a huge sense of relief when I empathised with him, ignored his past behaviour, and encouraged him to change his life.I see him regularly and I am pleased that he is a much happier person since he was shown some understandingand encouraged to study.In my many years of counselling children from as young as five, I have managed to change the behaviour of many of these children just by listening to them.What played a big role in bringing about the change was to educate parents and teacher on how to deal with children that suffer from psychological and emotional trauma. I remain quite vehement, based on years of experience, that no amount of corporal punishment will resolve defiant behaviour in children, if the underlying issues are not identified and addressed appropriately.That does not mean that children must not be disciplined or taught discipline. This can be done most effectively with love and sternness, without resorting to the barbaric cane and belt method.Finally, to punish is to hurt, to discipline is to teach. Teach our children, don’t beat them.
Emma SutcliffeSimmons & SimmonsEmma Sutcliffe, partner in the financial markets litigation team at international firm Simmons & Simmons, said yesterday’s proposals ‘do nothing to clarify the position’ on whether the legal function should fall in the regime.’The point is consigned (literally) to a footnote in the section that deals with the rules relating to overall responsibility, noting that the current policy is under review following industry feedback earlier this year,’ she added. ‘It is a point that may attract differing levels of interest in the rest of the FCA-regulated industry whose “legal functions” will vary widely in size and role but it remains a matter on which many eagerly anticipate clarification from the FCA.’Until the watchdog clarifies the situation, Amar Sarwal, vice president of the Association of Corporate Counsel, warned that a corporate client will wonder whether its in-house counsel serves its interests or the FCA’s interests. GCs will be deprived of their ‘rightful seat at the corporate table’ or be held liable for others’ wrongdoing.Proposals to include the head of the legal function in the regime have been overwhelmingly opposed.Chris Webber, partner at the London office of international firm Squire Patton Boggs, said the latest proposals open up the prospect of GCs and heads of legal at some 50,000 firms being given new responsibilities to the regulator alongside existing responsibilities as members of the legal profession.He added: ‘The real concern is that if this issue is not thought through, there will be situations in which these professional and regulatory duties conflict, putting GCs and the firms they counsel in an invidious position.’But despite the lack of clarity, Will Dennis, managing director, at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, says in-house counsel will have plenty of work to do, as they help their firms implement the regime. General counsel are still anxiously waiting to find out if they will become more accountable to the Financial Conduct Authority as the City watchdog seeks to widen its grip.The watchdog yesterday published proposals to extend its Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all financial services firms, making certain individuals more accountable for their conduct and competence. However, it has still not announced whether the regime will extend to the head of the legal function. A consultation on this question closed in January.
MAV gets fundsTENDERING was due to get under way last month for track and infrastructure work on two of Hungarian Railways’ strategic corridors, following the release of funding by the European Investment Bank. MAV Managing Director Istvan Sipos signed an agreement in Luxembourg on February 24 for a 20-year loan of Ecu60m, part of Ecu120m allocated by the EIB towards an Ecu400m programme to upgrade four lines totalling 340 km during 1998-2001.First to be tackled are the Budapest – Ujszasz – Szolnok line and parts of the Budapest – Miskolc – Fels
Share LocalNews Third winner in NBD Credit Card promotion announced by: – October 9, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 45 Views no discussions (L-R): LIME Dominica’s Head of Marketing Kareem Guiste, prize winner representative Mrs Julie George and NBD’s Managing Director Michael BirdThe owner of Campbell’s Business Systems & Services, Karol Phillip is the winner of the third phase of the National Bank of Dominica’s (NBD) credit card big win summer promotion.Mr Phillip won a laptop and one year free internet service from LIME Dominica and was represented by Julie George, his employee.The announcement and presentation of prizes was made on Wednesday, 9th October at the Bank’s Hillsborough Street branch.The promotion which ran from June 14 to September 14, 2013 was conducted during the summer months when a lot spending is done marketing manager Suzanne Piper said.She added that the Bank conducted the promotion for two main reasons. The first was to reward their customers who chose to bank with them using their products and services.“We know that our customers have a choice and we are always happy when they choose to stay with us.”The second reason was to encourage the use of debit cards and credit cards for purchases instead of cash.Head of marketing at LIME Dominica, Kareem Guiste said at the short ceremony, “LIME Dominica is always excited to partner with corporate leaders in the society especially leaders of the banking [sector] like NBD.”There are benefits for both parties he added as “we continue to strive for economic success”.“The promotion gave opportunities for persons far and wide across the island to get an opportunity to win not only financially but through products consisting of telecommunications,” he said.Winner of the first phase of the promotion Fred John; a kindle fire while the second phase winner Phillip Giraudel Jr walked away with $2000.00 were previously awarded.Dominica Vibes News