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Information skills programs : implementation and evaluation

Information skills programs : implementation and evaluation

The information skills programs at academic libraries aim to produce students with competent information seek- ing behavior. This means that students will be aware of their needs for information, know where the information is, how to retrieve and use them effectively for learning and research. The ultimate objective is to enable stu- dents to be information literate. However, librarians work independently without much collaboration with the faculties. Library information skills programs are usually evaluated as useful by the students. How much the students use the strategies learnt in these programs for their learning and research is difficult for the librarians to gauge. On the other hand, the faculties deal closely with the students and so are in a better position to measure their performance. Librarians should aim to initiate a partnership between the faculty courses and the information skills programs. Similarly, academics should be aware of the impact Information Skills Programs have on the students and encourage students to participate in these programs and encourage the use of library resources for their assignments and project papers. This paper discusses the relationship between the course contents of Information Skills Programs and information literacy.
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Qualitative evaluation of integrated employment and skills trials: implementation report

Qualitative evaluation of integrated employment and skills trials: implementation report

Some nextstep managers recognised that action plans were of variable quality. nextstep advisers reported they had not received very specific guidance on writing Skills Action Plans and that there was little ongoing review and development of quality. Generally, it appeared that there was insufficient discussion or training that focused on action plans at the start of the trials, leaving nextstep advisers unclear about what was expected of them in producing a high-quality action plan. Jobcentre Plus managers noted that the quality of Skills Action Plans generally improved over the course of the trial as concerns were fed back through operational groups and addressed by nextstep. The better plans included more detail, and evidence that the adviser had translated the output from the Skills Diagnostic Tool into clear, step-by-step actions towards a stated goal.
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The implementation and evaluation health promotion services and programs to improve cultural competency: a systematic scoping review

The implementation and evaluation health promotion services and programs to improve cultural competency: a systematic scoping review

When working with people with worldviews divergent from the biomedical model, language accessibility needs to go beyond the use of interpreters and translators (54). As noted by Vass et  al. (p37), “while words and worldview concepts vary between indigenous nations, the principles of working in-depth in language and through the indigenous worldview are likely to have relevance to any indigenous groups who do not speak English as a first language and who do not have a biomedical or Western worldview” (55). For example, miscom- munication has been extensively documented in interactions between health-care providers and aboriginal Australian people accessing health care, related to a lack of shared understanding around basic health concepts (53–56). When working in cross-cultural spaces, an extensive exploration of the meaning of words in health and specific health topics is needed, as is the development of health interventions and information which incorporates and builds on both traditional and contemporary indigenous health frameworks (55). Some of the included studies addressed such issues of intercultural communication in the context of worldview differences. Some studies also detailed the testing of translated program resources for appropriateness with the target population, while others did not. When reported, different levels of detail around the process and quality of the translation were provided in the included studies. This issue of differences in fundamental concepts of health and comprehension of health information is one area that deserves further attention in cultural competency program design and implementation.
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Implementation and evaluation of the Breaking Free Online and Pillars of Recovery treatment programs for substance-involved offenders.

Implementation and evaluation of the Breaking Free Online and Pillars of Recovery treatment programs for substance-involved offenders.

progression (Elison et al., 2013; Elison et al., 2014a; Elison et al., 2015a, 2015b). The program has also been reported as being a useful clinical tool by practitioners (Dugdale et al., submitted-a; Elison et al., 2014b), and as a welcome addition to the interventions available in substance misuse services by service users and peer mentors (Dugdale et al., submitted-b; Elison et al., 2014b). As a result of the growing evidence-base for BFO in community settings, in 2014 a new version of the program was specifically designed to be appropriate for use in criminal justice settings, which was developed with support from NOMS and MoJ. However, there are challenges with implementing online programs such as BFO in highly secure environments such as prisons. While there have been calls recently to increase prisoner access to the internet (Prison Reform Trust, 2013), as this may confer benefits in terms of prisoner education and training, accessing information and support to facilitate successful reintegration to the community upon release, there are a number of challenges and risks associated with prisoner access to IT that must be acknowledged. These may include the risk of collusion with associates in the community, stalking and harassing of victims and other nefarious activities (Champion & Edgar, 2013). There are also a number of practical considerations when attempting to deliver computer-facilitated services in prisons, including cost of equipment, supporting prisoners to develop digital skills, and appropriate training of staff (Champion & Edgar, 2013).
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Implementation and evaluation of cots metrics

Implementation and evaluation of cots metrics

In this paper, we introduce new metrics for COTS so that we can measure the quality of a software product as this is very useful for building new software now a days.. We [r]

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Sustainability in health care by allocating resources effectively (SHARE) 3: examining how resource allocation decisions are made, implemented and evaluated in a local healthcare setting

Sustainability in health care by allocating resources effectively (SHARE) 3: examining how resource allocation decisions are made, implemented and evaluated in a local healthcare setting

Respondents noted that Monash Health had consider- able strengths, but also many opportunities for improve- ment. One of the main strengths was that decision- makers recognised the weaknesses and wanted to see improvements in transparency and accountability; stand- ardisation of practice; use of explicit decision-making criteria including evidence; stakeholder consultation; in- formation about “who does what, how the process works and why”; communication, coordination and collabor- ation between decision-makers; provision of adequate and appropriate resources; and active implementation and evaluation of outcomes. However there were also notable exceptions; some doctors did not want to be re- stricted by specified criteria or requirements to find evi- dence for their decisions and several respondents thought that consumer representation on committees was unnecessary or inappropriate.
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Analysis of the Challenges and Problems of Teachers’ Assessment and Evaluation in High Schools found in Adigrat Town

Analysis of the Challenges and Problems of Teachers’ Assessment and Evaluation in High Schools found in Adigrat Town

As already described, the existing assessment and evaluation process in the school was not adequate enough. Such inadequate practices could result from different factors that make assessment and evaluation implementation challenging. The results obtained from students indicated that teachers do not encouraged students to assess and evaluate themselves. This result contradicted with what Clarke (2005) has been described that some teachers are satisfied with students’ grade and want no more from the learners as those teachers worried that they will lose control if the students are given roles in the assessment process. The commonly identified problem of assessments and evaluation includes: large class size, shortage of resource, inadequate knowledge of teachers, students’ poor educational background, and inadequate supervision. In line with this, Muluken (2006) found that large class size, lack of sufficient materials, teachers’ lack of knowledge and commitment, and time constraints are the major problems that challenge the implementation of continuous assessments. In line with the above, Bekalu (2007) also explained that those factors which include tight schedule, broad course content, and teaching load hampered the implementation of continuous assessment. The Ministry of Education (2008) also identified: lack of teachers’ skill to select appropriate assessment methods, students’ lack of self-confidence, and absence of continuous follow up as factors that affect assessment
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Behaviorism vs Constructivism: A Paradigm Shift from Traditional to Alternative Assessment Techniques

Behaviorism vs Constructivism: A Paradigm Shift from Traditional to Alternative Assessment Techniques

developed along with it is the new paradigm, “formative assessment”, regarded as “assessment for learning”. Harlen (2006), suggested the following four purposes to justify changes in assessment practices: diagnostic, summative, formative and evaluative. One of the important roles played by the assessment and evaluation techniques is to contribute towards student’s development, besides, to determine whether and to what extent the education system has achieved its goals or objectives (Chechen, 2011). Measurement and evaluation are an important process which offers feedback to learners by evaluating their learning (Buyukturan & Demirtasli, 2013). In teaching-learning processes, assessment and evaluation determine whether the instructional process remained successful or not, to what extent and for whom the instruction is successful or unsuccessful, who needs further support and what safety measures need to considered to enhance teaching (Turget, 1992). Some of the purposes of assessment and evaluation predominantly concerning learners, instructors and instructional implementation are as follows: to collect information on data of student’s performance and to define its position in the educational process; to identify learner’s difficulties, weaknesses, and mistakes in the process of education by highlighting students’ levels of learning; to evaluate the overall usefulness of education; to guide students and to determine the level of individual performance (Bahar, Nartgun, Durmuş, & Bıcak, 2009; Ozdemir, 2010). Alternative assessment and evaluation emphasize the way students construct their knowledge rather than their present attainment of knowledge by highlighting their strengths and weaknesses (Oren & Sasmaz, 2014).
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Phylogenetic comparative assembly

Phylogenetic comparative assembly

In this paper, we presented an algorithm that orders a set of contigs, given several related reference genomes and a phylogenetic tree of the involved species. In parti- cular, we proposed a more flexible output for the order- ing of contigs since our results demonstrate that for real world data the search for one linear optimal ordering of the contigs is not feasible. Consequently, our algorithm allows alternative connections in a layout which is necessary because of repeating regions and rearrange- ments between the species. Secondly, we introduced a novel scoring function for the contig adjacency estima- tion that is biologically motivated in two ways: It con- tains a sophisticated weighting scheme for the distances of projected contigs and it integrates the phylogenetic distances of the species to alleviate the effects caused by rearrangements. An evaluation of our algorithm shows that its implementation treecat is considerably faster than a recent approach from the literature while it is at the same time generating better results. We believe that with our approach of including phylogenetic information into the problem of contig layouting, we have gone one step further in using all available information for this important task within genome finishing.
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Equipping renal patients to make treatment decisions : the use of self efficacy theory to guide development of a pre dialysis educational intervention

Equipping renal patients to make treatment decisions : the use of self efficacy theory to guide development of a pre dialysis educational intervention

The literature review findings show the necessity for early CKD, interventions to be based on increasing renal knowledge and improving concordance with treatment and life-style advice. In the pre-dialysis cohort these elements are developed further to incorporate knowledge of dialysis and renal failure, and managing renal failure by developing decision-making, self-care and coping skills. Educational interventions are recommended to include both informative and psychological components (Mason et al 2008). Mason et al argue that future research must have: a strong theoretical framework; an educational intervention that is practical and well designed which engages patients and is cost-effective; consistent intervention delivery to aid implementation and evaluation; and rigorous evaluation of effectiveness. Further findings go on to recommend the development of knowledge and psychological questionnaires/tools specifically for use in the renal population. On the basis of the findings presented it could be argued that a renal-specific decision- making tool incorporated into educational interventions may improve uptake of self-care therapies.
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Technical and vocational education sustainable development

Technical and vocational education sustainable development

Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) play an important role in shaping human labor so can meet the job market in the industry. Ministry of Education (MOE) has identified the importance of TVE to ensure the country's aspiration to become a developed country by 2020 is achieved. The transformation TVE which are being implemented by the Ministry of Education should be supported by all parties involved. While transformation efforts to upgrade the vocational schools and vocational colleges restructuring subject vocational secondary schools implemented, the strategy of sustainable development in the TVE should be given attention accordingly. There are seven strategies of sustainable development that has been introduced by (UNEVOC) to be discussed in this paper to help mainstream the program TVE in the country. Seven strategies have been outlined by the International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC) will be discussed, namely: (i) Support and the country's vision, (ii) Support to investigate the state police TVE, (iii) Guidelines for planning and implementation, (Iv) Capacity building and training programs, (v) Support the development of materials, resources and learning equipment, (vi) Relationships and partners in TVE, and (vii) monitoring, evaluation and research continues.
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Sieberhagen

Sieberhagen

The testing of the DILP furthermore indicated their lack of critical-thinking skills in, for instance, evaluating digital information literacy sources. Students were able to use the date criterion to evaluate a Web site, but not the authority and content criteria. When enhancing students‟ digital information literacy skills, libraries should pay extra attention to the construction of effective digital search strategies and evaluation of Web sources, by including innovative sections in their digital information literacy programs.
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An evaluation of information systems students internship programs in Nigeria : a capability perspective

An evaluation of information systems students internship programs in Nigeria : a capability perspective

Interviews were conducted with 49 of the students. The student respondents included in this research were a small, purposeful, nonrandom sample that may influence the generalizability of the results. However, the design of this study is intended to provide insights on issues that affect the individual wellbeing of students involved in the SIWES program. Out of the 49 students involved in the study, 23 were selected from students who had completed their SIWES during the Spring 2014/2015 academic year and 26 who were still undertaking the scheme during Summer 2014/2015 academic year for interviews. The 23 students were all in the 3 rd year of university and the other 26 students were all in their final year of university. 31 of the students were males and 18 were females within the age range of 19 to 21 years of age. And also a focus group of the whole participant population was conducted on two different occasions. In both interviews and focus group discussions, we asked students about their experiences in the SIWES scheme and its impacts on their lives. Each interview lasted approximately between thirty minutes to one hour and was conducted within a month during the research field work. A timetable for the interview was developed with the chosen students who provided the time and location of the interview. The interviews were usually conducted in the staff lounge of the faculty. Usually, students undertaking the SIWES programs are in the university every Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm for a compulsory zero credit English language class to help improve their English communication skills. The authors’ took advantage of this class on Friday to organize a focus group with the students immediately after the class and also invited the older students who had completed their SIWES program. Two focus group sessions were organized and these sessions lasted for about one to two hours. During the focus group sessions notes were been taken by one of the authors. Participants in the study were asked probing follow-up questions on new and emerging topics as well as given opportunities to raise any other issues they considered relevant.
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Assessing Procedural Skills Training in Pediatric Residency Programs

Assessing Procedural Skills Training in Pediatric Residency Programs

Until new data are available on which procedures are used by the majority of pediatric trainees after gradua- tion, we believe that the list of recommended procedures should focus on those that are required to provide opti- mal patient care during training. There will be differ- ences between institutions in defining that group (based on the availability of ancillary services, other skilled practitioners, and other factors), but we advocate for a list that more comprehensively reflects program direc- tors’ opinions. Whether residency training should be further tailored on the basis of the type of institution or residents’ ultimate career goals remains a topic for on- going discussion by pediatric educators. Until such ques- tions are answered in a broader context, we believe that it is important to identify a set of procedural skills that should be mastered by all pediatric trainees.
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Teaching-skills training programs for family medicine residents

Teaching-skills training programs for family medicine residents

Resources Information Center ont cerné respectivement 362 et 33 références. On a examiné les titres et les résumés et on a tenu compte des études lorsqu’elles décrivaient la forme ou le contenu du programme en art de l’enseignement, ou étaient les premières études des effets d’un programme de formation en enseignement à l’intention des résidents en médecine familiale ou de stagiaires en médecine familiale ou d’autres spécialités. On a ensuite passé en revue les bibliographies de ces articles pour trouver des études non identifiées dans la recension initiale. Au total, 8 articles ont été choisis pour faire l’objet de la synthèse critique. La sélection s’est limitée aux articles publiés en anglais.
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The Curious Case Of Technology And Crime Prevention: The Indian Perspective

The Curious Case Of Technology And Crime Prevention: The Indian Perspective

The Rational Choice theory or Choice theory was brought for- ward by Clarke and Cornish (1983) to identify criminal beha- vior through „situations‟ and „types of decisions‟ (Smith and Clarke, 2012). The RCP deals with crime that fits a particular purpose; it considers the decisions of the offender before committing a crime. An offender commits a crime based on the benefits to be acquired from the act. Rational choice helps us question as to why certain offenders are drawn to commit cer- tain crime. Its main focus is on the opportunities an offender gets to commit crime and the benefits he would reap for be- having in a certain manner. (Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario). This theory based on utilitarian perspective is not fully qualified to control crime as this is based on „pre- sumption of offender rationality‟ and it has been tested on grounds of „rationality‟ as acts of violence like vandalism and riots cannot be judged, offences like sexual abuse is also not an outcome of rational evaluation, most crimes are accounts of thrill seeking purpose only hence, rationality is doubtful in such cases. Further, crimes are mostly the result of emotional drives and over measured calculations (Cornish and Clarke 1986) of perspectives on offending. Therefore, from the above observations though criminals look into various opportunities to derive maximum benefits, it is not always „rational‟. This theory based on its assumptions fails to bring the required outcome as it can be contested on the grounds of „rationality‟, that is crime is „calculated‟ and „deliberate‟. Thus, the desired result cannot be guaranteed. Thus, the outcome that is ex- pected from the usage of technology to detect and prevent crime will not be fulfilled.
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Implementation of building information modelling for commercial  building project

Implementation of building information modelling for commercial building project

BIM or Building Information Modeling is a procedure for making and overseeing data on a development extend over the venture lifecycle. One of the key yields of this procedure is the Building Information Model, the advanced portrayal of each part of the manufactured resource. This model draws on data collected cooperatively and refreshed at key phases of a venture. Making an advanced Building Information Model empowers the individuals who interface with the working to improve their activities, bringing about more noteworthy entire life esteem for the advantage.
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Inservice trainings for Shiraz University Medical Sciences employees: Effectiveness assessment by using the CIPP model

Inservice trainings for Shiraz University Medical Sciences employees: Effectiveness assessment by using the CIPP model

N owadays, the employees` inservice training has become one of the core component in survival and success of any organization. In the past decade, the rapid evolution of science and information technology, not only has heighten the need for but also mandate such trainings. Living in the age of information and technology advancement, the employees can no longer fulfill their diverse duties by relying on their old and out dated knowledge and skills. Moreover, the organizations also cannot remain indifferent to these advances, since they must compete with parallel organizations which utilize these new technologies. These facts has pointed out a very important need for organizational survival and improvement which is essential designing, implementing and constant evaluating of inservice educations. In addition, by extending occupational knowledge, attitude, and teaching group work through cooperative learning, the inservice training can enhance human resources capability and help them to do their job more efficiently (1). It also will result in lifelong learning since philosophically speaking, in - service education has origins in it (2).
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Evaluation of the Single Adult Employment and Skills Programme (SAESP) pilot: a report to the Welsh Government

Evaluation of the Single Adult Employment and Skills Programme (SAESP) pilot: a report to the Welsh Government

4.14 This latter development was introduced at the third meeting of the Operational Group in November 2013 and appears to have represented a turning point in terms of bringing focus and momentum to the later stages of the Pilot. It is a change that most consultees were positive about. The RLP was perceived as independent / impartial and therefore fairly well placed to handle sensitivities and conflicts between the various parties involved. A further advantage of the RLP being actively involved was that it created a direct link between the emerging findings from the Pilot and the Regional Development Plan and the Employment and Skills Strategy – both of which the RLP was developing.
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Information skills for classroom research

Information skills for classroom research

When using information it is important that you respect the “moral rights” of the author(s) by ensuring that you always acknowledge the author of the information you use and refer to this information accurately in your work. Failure to clearly state the author of any information used in your work will result in plagiarism, whether you use direct quotes from the works you read, or whether you just paraphrase from the ideas or concepts. This applies to all types of information, whether published or unpublished.

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