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Anti-Bullying Week 2018

This week is Anti-Bullying Week #antibullyingweek.

The theme of the week this year is Choose Respect, which aims to raise awareness that bullying is a behaviour choice, and therefore we should always choose to respect each other both face-to-face and online.

Recognising bullying behaviour and supporting those who are being bullied are important roles for educators and those working in childcare or early years. Protecting children and young people is an even greater task now that technology and the online world are an integral part of their everyday lives.

Anti-Bullying Week 2018
Image from www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

The Anti-Bullying Alliance provide a set of free resources for educators to use in the classroom to develop awareness and understanding of bullying for children and young people.

If you work with children and young people and would like to develop your own skills in recognising behaviour, managing behaviour, and protecting those who may be being bullied, Laser Learning offer a range of short courses written by education professionals which cover these areas. Many of our courses are endorsed by the awarding body, CACHE, and will give you the tools to provide the best possible environment for all those in your care.

Courses we would recommend:

Developing Self-Esteem in Young Children

Managing Behaviour

Safeguarding: Keeping Children Safe on the Internet

Equality and Diversity in Education

Promoting Positive Behaviour

If you would like to find out more about the Laser e-portfolio and online learning resources, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Standardisation: how does the Laser learning platform help with standardisation

Standardisation: how do online learning platforms like the Laser aid standardisation?

As assessors and IQAs, we are always working to provide the best learning experience for learners based on their individual learning needs. We are consistently evaluating each learner’s needs based on their initial assessment, their progress, their communication, and their SMART targets; ensuring their learning journey is tailored to them.

However, we are also aligning this with our team standardisation to ensure all staff are approaching the qualification in the same way and that the expectations of all our learners are to standard.

The marriage of individual support and standardisation can feel intimidating but using online learning platforms and resources like those provided on the Laser can make standardisation a much clearer and simplified process.

How do online learning platforms like the Laser aid standardisation?

Access to standardisation meeting notes

Holding regular standardisation meetings is integral to ensuring all staff have a good understanding of what is expected of them, as well as giving staff the chance to share good practice and answer any questions staff may have about qualifications and delivery.

The Laser provides an area to store standardisation meeting notes, so all staff can access them at any time. This means staff know where to go if they have a question about something covered in the meeting and this also provides an ideal stepping stone to the next scheduled meeting.

Support standardisation practice with online meetings

It can be difficult to get a team together for standardisation meetings, particularly if it something that needs to be addressed urgently. However, working with an online platform means you can hold a video conference and share your screen with others, hold one-to-one video meetings, or share videos of your screen to demonstrate best practice. You can also easily upload and share these videos or additional files to aid with standardisation.

These possibilities save time and resources but also mean you are on hand to support the assessing team as well as allowing them to support each other whenever they need to.

Learners all have access to the same learning resources

If each staff member is creating their own learning resources for their learners, you need a way to oversee that each staff member’s resources meet the standard. With online learning resources you know exactly what resources learners are accessing and what the resources cover. Learners may have additional resources and staff members may provide additional resources if they wish, but there is a solid foundation for learning for each of your learners.

As Laser Lessons resources are written by subject specialists and, unlike a paper textbook, are instantly updated to include changes to legislation, best practice, and qualifications. This means you can be sure learners are all gaining the relevant knowledge.

Learners and assessors can instantly see qualification criteria

The Laser e-portfolio lists the criteria to be covered for each unit as the learner is working on it or submitting work towards it. This means there is no confusion for the assessor or the learners and that the expectations for their work are always transparent.

IQAs can sample across all portfolios at any time

The sampling process on the Laser is straightforward and in-depth. IQAs can sample from a single portfolio or a selection of portfolios at any time. They can choose what they want to sample including which evidence types to create sample plans which fit your IQA procedures.

Standardisation is an essential part of the assessment process and has factored greatly into the creation of the Laser e-portfolio to ensure assessors, IQAs, and EQAs have all the tools they need to evaluate, oversee, and engage with the standardisation practices within their organisation.

To find out more about the Laser e-portfolio and online learning resources please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Facing your fears about adult learning

Facing your Fears about Adult Learning

The best Halloween stories are about facing your fears, whether it’s exploring a haunted house, investigating a strange noise, or venturing out into the dark, these stories rely on you stepping out of your comfort zone.

Of course, in horror stories, the ending is often an unpleasant one, but that isn’t usually the case when you face your fears in day-to-day life.

If the thought of stepping back into learning feels like stepping into an abandoned forest at midnight, it might be time to brush away the cobwebs and look at the possibility of further education in a new light.

Here are some of the most common fears about adult education and online learning with the best advice to overcome them.

School was a horrible experience and I don’t want to go back

The most common response when I’ve asked people why they wouldn’t consider further learning or qualifications is that they hated school and struggled through it, and so as an adult the last thing they want to do is repeat the experience over again.

Of course, learning now is very different, and the emphasis is to give autonomy to the learner. You are in control of your learning experience with guidance and support from your training provider. Today, learning and development is focused on empowerment and meeting the individual needs of the learner, which creates a positive learning environment rather than replicating the traditional classroom from many years ago.

I don’t have the time to dedicate to learning and so I would fail

Time pressure and care commitments are important considerations before starting a new course or qualification. However, learning is now flexible thanks to online learning platforms like the Laser.

Learning either completely online or as part of a blended learning programme means learning can fit around your schedule. It’s always daunting to take on an additional commitment of this size but being able to dedicate a small amount of time each day at a moment that works for you is often all you need.

I’m terrible with computers so I couldn’t learn online

There’s often the assumption that an online learning system is complicated. It’s quite the opposite. Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) like the Laser are built to be as simple to use as possible and accessible to people with different levels of IT skill, as well as accessible to those with English as their second language.

If you can use social media sites and an email account, you are more than capable of using a VLE or e-portfolio to learn online.

I don’t want to do it on my own

Another assumption about learning online is that it is an isolating experience. The benefits of learning online are that you can do it alone if you wish and you can continue your learning in a place you feel comfortable without any distractions. On the other hand, it doesn’t demand you learn alone.

It’s important you involve your workplace in your learning and development, so you can demonstrate your new skills and knowledge. You can learn with a workplace mentor, or alongside colleagues, and you can pass on your skills and knowledge to those you work with to improve practice within your organisation.

The truth is, if you can overcome your fears about further education or online learning, the rewards are worth it. Once you begin your course you will have already faced the majority of fears you had, and you will be on the path to improving your skills, knowledge, and confidence both personally and professionally.

Achieving a certificate, completing a qualification, or showcasing your new skills and knowledge is a feeling you never forget, and an addictive one! Often those who take the plunge and achieve something they never thought was possible are also the people who return again and again to continue their learning journey.

This Halloween ask yourself: what is there to be afraid of?

Laser Systems attending CIIE Education Retreat

Central Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) Education Retreat

We are delighted to announce that our Director, Vivette Eaton has been invited as a panel speaker at CIIE’s education retreat on the QE2 in Dubai this weekend.

Vivette will be joining other influential educators to discuss a variety of important topics, and is honoured to be taking part.

Laser Systems have been working closely with CIIE to develop CPD courses, and this event sees the launch of their training arm of the business to deliver NCFE CACHE qualifications using the Laser e-portfolio and learning resources, beginning with the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

About CIIE

CIIE, a KHDA Education and Training Permit Holder, targets various verticals in government and industrial organizations, sporting project-based delivery that facilitates talent development and economic growth.

With the launch of the Teacher Standards for the UAE by the National Qualifications Authority, achieving first-rate teacher performance quality is demonstrated as a national priority for the leadership in the UAE. Hence, CIIE started with providing quality innovative approaches in teacher education, to achieve the national objectives and redress existing gaps and short comes.

If you would like more information about how choosing Laser Systems can benefit international clients please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Laser Learning exhibiting at The Care Show, Birmingham this week

Join us at The Care Show this week

We will be exhibiting at The Care Show at the NEC in Birmingham this week.

Join us on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October at this unmissable event for care professionals. This year sees the introduction of a new CPD accredited world class conference as well as the largest collection of care equipment and services all designed to improve positive outcomes, make your job easier and boost your care business.

Register today for free 

You can find us on stand B46 where we’ll be giving short demos of Laser care short courses, essential CPD courses for care professionals, as well as the Laser care certificate learning resources.