Hi-tech classroom for better learning

first_imgProf Charl Cilliers says the Den Bosch experimental classroom was designed in consultation with neurologists to ensure that the room made it possible for students to engage all their senses in the learning process. (Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Charl Cilliers   Stellenbosch University  +27 21 808 4971 RELATED ARTICLES • SA universities among the best • Sea life explained for young explorers • A fun approach to science teaching • E-classroom, a fun way to learnWilma den HartighStellenbosch University (SU) has launched a new high-tech teaching space on its campus. The experimental classroom is encouraging social learning among students and stimulating brain functioning through new ways of teaching and presenting information.The Den Bosch (Dutch for ‘the forest’) experimental classroom, the first venue of its kind on the campus, is a significant departure from traditional lecture venues that have chairs bolted to the floor, rows of wooden desks and very little natural light.This room is equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, music, colour, art, modern furniture and even a small kitchen where students can prepare beverages.There are projection facilities, equipment for hearing-impaired students, a television screen, wireless internet, a touch screen presentation computer, and for a trial period a set of tablet computers which can be handed out to students to participate in active learning exercises.Prof Charl Cilliers, director of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at SU, says there is also no static furniture in the room. The chairs, which play an important role in the success of presentations and conversations, each have a desk and space for a computer or satchel on the seat.“The idea is that students can ‘drive’ around in class – from a more traditional lecture model to forming small chat groups or even a big circle,” he says.Den Bosch isn’t just a fancy gimmick; the venue is a working classroom that is getting students excited about learning. The room will never replace an enthusiastic lecturer, or a hard working student, but it does enhance the student’s learning experience.Student-focused, 21st century learning spaceCilliers says the experimental classroom is a way of optimising learning, but it also creates an accessible and relevant education environment.Teaching has to be in step with a changing world where just about every student has internet access and electronic devices such as a smart cellular phones, laptops, and computers. Students are also increasingly engaging with each other via social media platforms such as Twitter, instant messaging and Facebook.This is why progressive teaching spaces are important.Last year Cilliers visited colleges and universities in the US that use similar approaches to deliver information to a generation of tech-savvy students living in an increasingly technological age.“The classroom stems from a growing realisation that if want to focus on ‘Generation Y’ (the millennial generation), we have to adapt our content and look at new ways of teaching and delivering information,” he says.“We have to recruit and retain good students and keep their interest, and to do this we have to improve instructional facilities.”Psychological benefitsThe classroom also has important psychological benefits for students, preparing them for the new demands of the working world.“The world demands more than graduates with top qualifications and marks,” Cilliers says, adding that employers are looking for graduates with skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and good interpersonal relationships.Den Bosch was designed in consultation with neurologists to ensure that the room made it possible for students to engage all their senses in the learning process.“We carefully chose the colour of the room to be green as it is conducive to cognitive functioning,” he says.One of the walls has a calming picture of a forest scene, there is ample natural lighting and soft tranquil music plays throughout the lecture. All these elements contribute to creating a calm alertness within students.“This draws the mind into a quiet state,” Cilliers says.A successful experimentThe university plans to use the Den Bosch model in other lecture halls on campus in the future.Cilliers believes that more research is needed on the impact of such learning environments on the wellbeing and performance of students, as well as lecturing and other academic staff.His colleagues recently held a strategy session in the room, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. “They said that their creativity levels have never been as high before,” he says.Dr JP Bosman, senior advisor at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, adds that the classroom can also be used in the training of lecturers.“By teaching in a room that offers more options in terms of technology and encourages more flexible facilitating, lecturers are encouraged to be creative and expand their presentation techniques,” Bosman says.Although the room has its limitations, and might not suitable for lecturing in all subjects, there is a move away from the traditional information delivery model. A university should not be a place where only information is provided; it must help people develop well-rounded people with skills they need in the workplace.“The classroom creates a desire for learning and exploring,” Cilliers says.last_img read more

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Pig farmers from across the U.S. get updates on changing antibiotic guidance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly 300 National Pork Industry Forum delegates, pig farmers and U.S. pork industry staff assembled in Indianapolis today to learn more about the upcoming regulatory changes to on-farm antibiotic use. The producer update session — an annual activity at Forum — included case studies and tips on how farmers can be ready when new Federal Drug Administration regulations take effect Jan. 1, 2017.“Producers have been preparing the past 18 months for the very real and substantive changes that are occurring on pig farms across the country in regard to responsible antibiotic use. Producers are very aware of the challenge of antibiotic resistance and are working hard to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, both on the farm and in human medicine,” said Derrick Sleezer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Cherokee, Iowa. “Our industry is committed to continuous improvement, and these sessions today ensure that we all have the latest information to apply to our operations when we return home.”The new FDA guidelines define how medically important feed-grade antibiotics will be used to treat, control and prevent disease, as well as remove medically important antibiotic use for growth promotion. Also, the new regulations define the importance of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), establish a veterinary feed directive (VFD) requirement for many more antibiotics and establish a higher standard for on-farm record-keeping.Moderated by National Pork Producer Council Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom, update session presenters covered all aspects of on-farm antibiotic use, including:Dr. Lonnie King, Ohio State University, focused broadly on the subject of antibiotic resistance.Dr. Tom Burkgren, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, detailed the importance of establishing a VCPR and how the new requirements for feed directives will work.Randy Spronk of Spronk Brothers Farms, Minnesota, shared real-life challenges and opportunities facing pig farmers as they improve practices to reduce the need for antibiotics.“The bottom-line message to pork producers is act now — do not wait until January of next year to make these important changes in how you raise pigs,” Spronk said. “This is a defining moment for our industry, and change will not come without some sacrifice. But preserving the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics is critical in our commitment to ensure a safe food supply and to build consumer trust.”As part of the education session, the National Pork Board introduced its new Pork Industry Guide to Responsible Antibiotic Use. The 12-page guide expands on the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program, supports the industry’s stewardship plan and defines a six-point checklist for success that will help pork producers best prepare for the regulatory changes.The PQA Plus supplement is just one element of a nearly $2 million investment that the Pork Checkoff is making in 2016 to support antibiotic awareness and education among the industry’s 60,000 pork producers. Other activities include facilitating five distinct research projects, developing producer education materials and advertising in national farm trade publications. Also, the Pork Checkoff will host special events to ensure that packers, processors, foodservice and retail customers fully understand how seriously the U.S. pork industry is addressing this production change.last_img read more

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A Passionate Plea for More Love and More Hope

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Agent Viru

first_imgAnupam MukerjiTuesday, March 1An optional practice day for the team. But the coach showed select players some highlights from the match against England. Bhajji was shown his dropped catch, followed by how he growled at others for their misfields. Piyush Chawla (PC) was shown how he got tonked for two sixes and then reacted to a wicket like he had taken a hat-trick. And Munaf was shown his performance with the bat again and again till it could pierce through his head. “All you had to do was run, you idiot,” Kirsten Kaku was overheard screaming. “But, it’s good to have him in the side,” Agent Viru told me later. “Now I am not the only bull head in the team.” Kaku has sought Sunil Gavaskar’s help to teach Munaf how to put the bat behind the crease. An obvious choice as teacher, given his fascination with “sliding the bat in”, as we have painfully heard a million times in his long career as commentator. But Munaf is quietly confident he will make Gavaskar forget it himself. Amazingly, most of India is wishing the same.Wednesday, March 2PCB Chief Ijaz Butt held a press conference after Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka. Other than the victory, he spoke of how it was now clear that the Sydney Test Match, famous for Kamran Akmal’s 123 missed chances, wasn’t fixed at all. “It’s clear now that Kamran really can’t keep wickets. We should stop accusing him of dropping catches intentionally,” Butt said. Kamran, in turn, has turned to PC for help with a text that reads, “Please teach me how not to look stupid while doing stupid things on the field.” Viru tells me that PC has promised to teach Kamran as soon as he finishes teaching S. Sreesanth.advertisementThursday, March 3 Suresh Raina is getting desperate to break into the playing eleven. While the rest of the team trained at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Raina headed to a leading cosmetic surgeon to explore ways of getting dimples on his cheeks. “Look like PC and you can get in,” Viru had suggested to Raina a few days earlier. All for a good cause, after all, Raina can definitely bat better and couldn’t bowl any worse. Raina even called up Praveen Kumar (PK) to confirm the pecking order. Raina was under the impression that his name came after PK’s in the Uttar Pradesh quota. “Even I know this much English yaar,” PK replied. “P comes before S.” And C is closer to D,” Viru added with a wry smile as he narrated the story to me.Friday, March 4I met Agent Viru at his house in Delhi where he had returned to get his rib injury scanned. He updated me on a few mysterious incidents. Apparently, Ashish Nehra’s after shave bottle was found filled with a warm fluid of similar colour but very dissimilar odour. Unfortunately for Nehra, he discovered it much after he had liberally applied it all over his face. Bhajji’s shoes were found filled with sand. And R. Ashwin, another bowler vying for a spot, couldn’t sleep the whole night as he felt his room was haunted. “A pattern seems to emerge if you combine these two incidents with how Sreesanth bowled a beamer at Yuvi and then smashed the bowling coach’s knees,” Agent Viru explained the conspiracy theory. When I asked about his rib injury, he explained, “Ribs were always fine, yaar. I was tired of the bisibele bhath in Bangalore. I had to have my mom’s aloo parathas. Now, I am all set for the next match.”The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

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Indian women golfers ‘tee off’ in Srinagar

first_imgMore than 50 women golfers from across India gathered in Srinagar on Saturday as part of a novel initiative to promote tourism in the Valley – its first-ever women’s golf tournament.Held at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC), the organisers hope the event would help promote the Valley as a tourist hotspot and a viable alternative to the more popular destinations in Europe for domestic tourists.”The concept is to make RSGC a preferred holiday destination for golfers. Why go to Europe when you have such a beautiful golf course around and with all kinds of facilities,” Netu Bansal Agarwal of Golf Boutique, a Delhi based organisation that seeks to promote women’s golf, said.”We are planning to organise such tournaments in different states throughout the country. We thought it would be a good idea to start from Srinagar,” she added.Agarwal said the Valley’s favourable weather conditions and the “excellent” turf at RSGC prompted them to organise the event in Srinagar.Nuzhat Jehangir, the turf manager of the course, claims RSGC is among the best in India.Situated adjacent to the Chesmashahi (royal springs) gardens that were built by Mughal emperor Jehangir, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent of the United States. Overlooking Kashmir’s iconic Dal lake, RSGC is located on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range and boasts of four royal springs.The springs are known for their soft, sweet water.Apart from the obvious scenic beauty, the golf course has all the ingredients for a grand golf vacation, with two marshes, a club house, comfort stations, tea shelters, a heritage house as well as a maintenance yard. The 7,089-yard area of the course was carved out of forest land.advertisement”We would like to have more and more such tournaments,” Jehangir said, referring to Saturday’s golf fest.Ritu Dawan, one of the sponsors of the event, said, “It is a learning process for all of us. We hope these events would be regular feature.”last_img read more

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