All posts by Kobus van Wyk

Creating e-Learning for English Second-Language Learners

This article has been contributed by FUEL, a member of ADESSA.

At FUEL, we specialise in creating engaging e-Learning lessons for English second-language learners. Most of our learners speak English as their second language. This means that we have to be especially sensitive to their ability to understand the language. This includes every element of the e-Learning experience, from the writing of the narrative all the way through to the user interface design. In this article, we are going to share some of our most valued guidelines for creating awesome e-Learning lessons for our English second-language learners

Use the simplest language possible

Language use not only includes the words you use but also how you structure your sentences. We follow a basic rule: if you can think of a shorter word or sentence than what is being used – use it. If there is a simpler way of saying something, then say it that way.

If we’re using more technical terminology or jargon in your lesson, we use a specific example to illustrate exactly what you mean. Sometimes, we use a glossary section where we define these terms and explain what they are used for.

Make navigation easy

There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing where to tap or click or how to continue with a lesson. For this reason, the navigation and user interface need to be as simple as it is instructive. Don’t leave anything up to chance. If there is the slightest chance of confusion, fix it.

Here, we think about what we want the learner to do at every step of the journey. When describing an action, we use a verb that the learner will relate to. For example, if we need our learners to select something to enter an answer, we make the wording for the relevant field something along the lines of: ‘Enter answer’. On top of this, we give the button a distinct colour that just screams action, like green or red.

Don’t introduce any elements that are distracting – ever. Here, we believe that our only goal is to help our learner understand something. If there is anything that distracts the learner’s attention from what matters – remove it.

Don’t only tell the learner – show them

We don’t expect our learners to rely on textual or verbal explanations only. We believe that the best way to explain how to do something is to show it. That’s why we love using video, and lots of simple images and easy-to-understand animations, for our learners.

Video can bridge gaps in language and ensure that if the learner doesn’t understand the wording, they can fall back onto the visuals. It’s simple, if you’re discussing an object, show it. If you’re trying to explain a difficult process, use flow charts and infographics to represent it visually.

These are just some of the guidelines that we use every day to ensure that any lessons we create are well positioned to ensure our learners keep learning. The bottom line is that for any e-Learning solution to be successful, it has to be based on knowing our learners. That’s why we strongly believe that every lesson begins with the question: ‘Who is my learner?’

OPED: Early Childhood Literacy- Preparing your pre-schooler for reading

According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) of 2016, almost 80% of South African Grade 4 learners do not understand what they read. One cause of this is that many teachers are overwhelmed by large classes, and another is that schools lack resources. As a parent, you can help by preparing your pre-school child for reading. One way of helping your child is by developing their spoken vocabulary and emergent literacy skills.

This can be done by encouraging your child to speak and tell their own stories, to ask questions. Read and speak to your child and make them aware that words make up sounds.  Ensure your child makes the connection between letters and the sounds using songs nursery rhymes, reading aloud and playing simple word games.  You can also use Oxford’s Reading Tree: Floppy’s Phonics Sound and Letters Programme.

Once your child can read words, it’s an easy step to reading sentences.  The pre-reading skills you have managed to instil in your child before they start school will help smooth their path to becoming independent, confident and fluent readers – leading to better academic performance.

To read the full article, click HERE.

who IS Interactive AV Solutions ?

Interactive AV Solutions has been a member of ADESSA for many years. As the distributor of Clevertouch Technologies for Sub-Saharan Africa, their vision is to connect people through technology.

The company has been disrupting the meeting and learning spaces since 2008!

Interactive AV provides excellent service through their channel partners. The company provides credit funding, stock availability and efficient logistics so that resellers can deliver the best possible service, support and overall solutions to the customer. As part of the solution focus, Interactive AV also prides itself in the provision of technical skills, product marketing and training to its reseller community.

Acer’s idea of timeless education

No matter how old or young you are, no matter where you are in your life: education does not have a beginning or an end. It evolved to exist beyond time in a continuous state of growth. It’s an infinite pursuit of knowledge, an endless nourishment of the human mind.

It forms our interests, feeds our imagination, gives life to our ideas, shapes our conversations, grounds our opinions, creates our choices, most of all fuels our curiosity.

This is Acer for Education: we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you in 2021. Inspire daily. Learn always.

Contact us today: susanna.ackermann@acer.com

Creating Effective Remote Onboarding in a Post-Pandemic World

This article is contributed by Fuel Online, a valued member of ADESSA.

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have adopted a fully or hybrid remote approach to working. With an established workforce, this is a manageable transition, however, organisations will need to think about how they effectively onboard future employees.

The dramatic shift away from established office working, to the majority of workforces now working from home, has revealed significant benefits that have led to many organisations making the change a permanent one.  Employers are realising that they can significantly reduce overhead costs and are no longer geographically limited in their hiring choices. Many businesses are also adopting a hybrid approach to capitalise on work-from-home advantages and mitigating the disadvantages. The hot desk is ready to make a comeback as businesses offer smaller, flexible office spaces for team members to drop in one or two days a week. However, the need for effective onboarding is more essential than ever. Organisations need to ensure that they can onboard future employees seamlessly.

Identify important information

Whether you’re an experienced onboarder or just starting out, the first step is to identify the content that new employees need to know to get started. Don’t give in to the temptation to try communicate everything at once. That approach will overwhelm your onboarding programme and will likely leave you with a new employee who has struggled to retain the basic and most important information they need to function in their role. The best approach is to determine two or three learning objectives. This can be done by refining the information to cover what your new employee needs to be able to do in their role. Potential learning objectives may be:

  • Apply company values to their work
  • Identify and use appropriate tools for completing tasks
  • Follow company policies

Clear learning objectives will help you to carefully review all potential content and evaluate the value of each piece to identify what content is truly relevant to your onboarding programme and what is better placed elsewhere. These will help you to order your content into what is most urgent, informing your content creation roadmap.

Create your content

All training content needs to be informed by your onboarding learning objectives. If you have existing onboarding material that needs to be converted, it is useful to bear in mind that no content is unusable; all existing legacy content can be adjusted to suit delivery through an online training methodology, organisations just need to understand how to utilize what currently exists. An experienced online training service provider, like FUEL, is more than capable of ensuring that all existing content is revised and utilized so no skills knowledge is lost during the implementation phase. FUEL excels at successfully converting existing training content into engaging, online training modules for maximum return on investment. We offer a full-service production service, from script to screen. Our ‘Presenter to camera methodology provides a vital transitional link for learners moving from classroom-based learning to online training. Our green-screen studio is equipped with state-of-the-art camera and lighting equipment and we offer a range of production packages to meet both your learning objectives and your budget.

Assign training leaders

Assigning a Training Leader to a new employee, will ensure that they get the support and motivation that they require when making the shift to working online. For many employees who are used to having the support of colleagues in the office environment, the shift to working remotely will be challenging.

A training leader will be able to monitor the progress of learners through their modules and can offer regular check-ins with those who are struggling to adapt to the new way of working. The most unique challenge of all virtual activity, including training staff to work online, is social isolation. Check-ins help remote workers feel a sense of community. If those workers are left ignored for too long, it could potentially impact employee health and wellness and be a drag on productivity.

EARN AFFORDABLE CPD POINTS

Did you know that it costs a teacher between R150 and R300 to earn one CPD point through traditional training sessions?  AOSIS has an alternative, cost effective way to earn those points through its CPD platform, in the comfort of your own home or office.

Debbie Badenhorst, an occupational therapist based in George, was excited to try out the CPD platform from AOSIS.  She said: “Since discovering AOSIS, I’ve been collecting regular clinical and ethics points.  It is a very user-friendly website, easy to understand and the process works flawlessly.”

She was so impressed with the platform that the WCED purchased  memberships for almost all the therapists in the Western Cape.  Debbie says: “Due to the COVID-restrictions this year, it was almost impossible to accumulate enough points.  This platform has made it possible for all of us to obtain points on a regular basis, at a fraction of the price of on-site workshops.”

A useful feature of the platform is that you are not restricted to articles only listed under your own profession.  Debbie has obtained many points from the list of articles under physiotherapy, speech therapy, as well as psychology, all relevant to her profession.  She adds: “I will continue my professional development through AOSIS and will also continue advertising their website to other therapists.”

For more information about how you can benefit from the DPD platform of AOSIS, please contact:

Email: health.admin@ecpd.co.za

Or visit the website.

Effective COVID-19 Risk Management for Your Business and Family

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Don’t wait till it’s too late, manage your risk for less than R2,50 a day.

For more information click HERE.  

Meeting room problem – EXPLORE COLLABOTATION

Explore our J Touch world

Information Technology (Cape) was founded 20 years ago and has always focused on supply of products into the education sector – mainly laptops and projectors. Even though the company remains focused on the supply of these products, the range has been expanded in the last 5 years into the interactive displays, mainly the MONDOPAD RANGE.

This year though, sees the launch of the most innovative interactive displays – THE J TOUCH RANGE. InFocus, which supports this new range of products,  has been involved in the creativity and development of visual display solutions for over 3 decades.  During that time InFocus introduced new trends, technologies and lead the way for innovation across the global market, breaking the traditional way customers conduct their business activities.

The Mondopad has been at the forefront of the evolution in how we communicate, interact and present – either as a small or medium sized business or in the education sphere. Only today are customers realising it’s true capabilities

Bundled solution:

J Touch interactive display

JTOUCH Series display  provides the interactivity of the collaboration system, using the quality engineering, latest technologies and robust design creating the elegant business solution for all locations

4K video camera

Capture the remote participants in full HD streaming video or use it to capture 4K images for using as part of a presentation

 Office

Full support of opening and presenting the Office files, ready to share, annotate and distribute notes captured during those important meetings.

Casting ready

Display your mobile or desktop content directly to the J Touch using Airplay, Chrome browser or InFocus LightCast 2 app.

Video Conference Integration

Explore the boundaries of an office location and involve more with video conferencing. Ready to go with InFocus ConX or customise with Zoom, Skype, Hangouts or MS Teams. No fuss just simple collaboration.

Hardware features:

4k UHD Display

Anti-glare, 4k UHD.

TOUGHENED GLASS

Uncompromised safety with glass designed to withstand every day use and the occasional knock.

TOUCH CONTROL

5th Generation Infrared Sensing supporting up to 20 touch points

CONNECTIVITY

With full options on connectivity from HDMI to USB 3.0, audio and networking with full control through RS232, the hardware supports all installations.

DIRECT LIT LED

Direct-Lit LED display providing incredible brightness, colour and clarity, with high resolution, your images, text and video will be seen and enjoyed even in large spaces with high ambient light.

Information Technology (Cape)

https:\\info-tech.co.za

Telephone: 021 448 0650

Cape Town 7700