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The Global Search for Education: Teacher Be Good

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in ‘Bad Teacher’

Bad Teacher is a new comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a totally inappropriate teacher, Elizabeth Halsey.  As the movie begins, Elizabeth is not excited about the first day of school.  Nor is she interested in putting her students first. Truthfully, Elizabeth’s primary focus is finding a guy who’s going to take care of her.  To find out whether Elizabeth achieves her academic goal in the film, you can study further at Are you a bad  But right now, I want to focus on the good, that is, good teachers like one or two I was fortunate enough to have.

What makes a teacher good enough to create an effective learning environment?  More education?  More professional experience outside the classroom?  More ability to connect with kids?  I was honored to have the opportunity to speak about the importance of the teacher and other matters with one of the world’s most respected experts in the area of teacher training and teacher-student relationships, Professor Theo Wubbels.  Professor Wubbels is President of the Netherlands Educational Research Association, Dean of the Undergraduate School and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Utrecht University.

What difference can a good teacher-student relationship make to student achievement??

We have developed a model to describe that relationship and we did a large amount of research in which we discovered that the more teachers are in control, the more students are able to learn.  The more teachers are affiliated with students, the more students are motivated.  So a good mix of control and affiliation is very important for students to learn and to enjoy education.

What kind of educational system do you believe will permit a country to have the people skills needed to compete globally today?

That is of course a very big question because a system can have so many different characteristics.  One of the important things is to look at the most competitive countries in terms of education.  Look at Finland for example.  I think one of the most important characteristics is the level of training of the teachers.  In Finland, all teachers have been taught at universities.  Teachers are selected to enter the teacher education process.  Now that is completely different from the system in my country, where most teachers are trained at higher vocational institutions.  The Netherlands does well in international rankings, but   Finland is ranked much higher. We believe that the most important characteristic of an effective system is the level of training of the teachers.

The second important factor is how comprehensive are the schools.  In The Netherlands, we separate students in secondary education into several streams (unlike countries where students remain together throughout the secondary education process).  It seems that separating students helps in getting better student achievements for more able students, but is detrimental for less able students.

Cameron Diaz in 'Bad Teacher'How does a bad teacher become a good teacher?

Do teachers in the Netherlands believe they are valued?

Teacher compensation in the Netherlands is not high.  It’s probably in the middle of what is considered very good compensation.  Our research indicates teachers are not satisfied about this, but our research also indicates that our compensation is much better than in many other countries. For teachers, being rewarded professionally is more important than a high salary.

What are your views on testing in The Netherlands?

We are moving more in the direction of national testing. There is more emphasis on how students achieve in math, writing and reading, but there is also a lot of criticism.  We start testing students at the age of 4 and we have a long tradition of national exams at the end of secondary education; but that is much broader than student achievement in the basic skills.  We have national examinations for not just math and reading, but also in history, geography and all the topics that are taught in our system.  It is fairly standardized.  What we also do is we test for things like democratic citizenship.  Now that is not a national test, but we have a national questionnaire on which we assess how much students have learned about citizenship. We think that is very important, but it is not part of the main examination.   There is a lot of criticism about standardized testing because it doesn’t cover everything that is important in an education system.  When you have more emphasis on testing, teachers will teach for the test and neglect other things that are also important.  For example, social skills – I think everyone in The Netherlands thinks this is important, but because of the emphasis on testing, teachers might not do enough of that.

Is there enough emphasis on technology in school curriculums currently?

I think in The Netherlands, the use of technology in schools is under developed.  Primary schools have an interactive white board but that’s used mainly for presentation and not for improving the interaction between teacher and students.  The use of computers and technology is not a central part of the curriculum.  What students do not learn is how to be critical when it comes to using things found on the internet.  For example, understanding what is really valuable on the internet is not being taught well enough.  I see similarities between our problems and what is happening in the US.  Technology is being used in a superficial way versus helping to make interaction better and make students more critical.

How large is the problem of the internet generation gap between teachers and students?

There is a huge gap between teachers and students in terms of how knowledgeable they are about facebook and social media.  In my country, social media is hardly used in education.  The teachers and students live in a different world.  Exposure of students to computers, television and social media makes it difficult for teachers to keep students focused.  A teacher explaining something in a classroom can seem so boring compared to what students are doing in their day to day lives.  The solution has to be that teachers move in the direction of more computer use.  Teacher education institutes will have to work hard on this. Technology development is important and certainly offers us promise for the future.

Is increasing academic competition negatively impacting the emotional well-being of students?

I do not believe that pressure and stress is yet considered a big problem in the Netherlands.  What is considered a problem is the number of activities that students undertake.   I don’t think we have intellectual pressure issues in The Netherlands.   About 45% of our students go on to higher education.   Our system is different from yours.  In my country, we decide early as to whether you can go to higher education or not.  By the age of 13, we have already separated students in different streams, and only two of the four streams get access to higher education; so decisions are made much earlier.  Only students in the higher streams are allowed to go on in the system.

The standardized testing focuses on the core subjects.  What about the other areas and skills that these tests do not assess?

I think that is a problem.  Studies like PISA put us on a road to assessing the basic skills.  There are many other things that are very important.  For example, social skills and citizenship, which I mentioned before, are very important, and these studies do not take that into consideration.   We reduce education to reading, writing, and arithmetic, and this is bad development.

Any last points or world wisdom you would like to add on educational excellence?

I think the most important thing is the quality of the teachers, and the relationship between the teacher and the student is critical to create the right conditions for a good education.  An education system cannot pay enough attention to that.  Teachers should be trained very well and they should be respected as professionals.  They must be assessed based on whether they work according to professional standards, and if they do that, it is much more important than meticulously measured achievements.  Education can only live when you have investment in teachers and their work.

Professor Theo Wubbels and C. M. RubinProfessor Theo Wubbels and C. M. Rubin


The Week’s Most Interesting Healthcare Reading (that you might have missed)

We’re going to start something new on Prognosis this week.  It strikes me that, each week, there is an avalanche of news about not only new policy developments in healthcare but also new innovations in both medical technology and health practices.  It’s impossible for any one person to keep up with it all.

So, each Friday in this space, we’ll spotlight some of the most interesting developments in U.S. healthcare from the week that either bear repeating or may not have captured the widespread attention they deserve.

Among this week’s most eye-catching articles:

•     A new pacemaker has been developed that will allow patients to have MRI scans

•      In Tennessee, physician, hospitals and insurers are working together to improve care and reduce costs.

•     Their work is largely unheralded, but a new study says healthcare group purchasing organizations are generating $36 billion in annual savings

•      A leading insurer, Aetna, is providing grants to a number of universities to better understand the causes of life-endangering obesity in minority populations.

•      Is there an app for that? The Institute of Medicine is challenging college students to use mobile smartphone applications and social networking to address health issues on campus.

•      And speaking of smartphones, the McKesson Corporation announced a plan to sponsor research into how mobile technology can be used to improve patient care for Americans with diabetes.

If you see a story about U.S. healthcare during the week that you feel deserves a broader audience, be sure tocontact us and call it to our attention.

eLearning: Lecturers’ perspective

A NUSSU Publication

eLearning: A concept all too familiar to students. With our lectures webcast, tutorials submitted online and discussions taking place on forums or chatrooms, there is no need for us to move an inch from our comfortable perches at home.

It is extremely convenient for us, but have you ever wondered what went on in the background? How do your lecturers cope with the demands of an eLearning week?

THE RIDGE takes you back to an eLearning week conducted in Semester 1, AY2009/2010.

During the eLearning Week, Dr David Lehman invited his MNO1001 students back to watch a movie during lecture hours.

Meanwhile, Dr Liew Soo Chin had his GEK2503 students log on to an IVLE chatroom for an interactive lecture session.

Other lecturers uploaded their lectures onto Breeze; some conducted webcasted lectures; and yet others uploaded their slides onto IVLE.

The vast variety of options available to lecturers for conducting e-lectures could have been daunting for some who were unaccustomed to doing so.

Fortunately, the Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) provided suggestions and demonstrations for conducting e-lectures. CIT and the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) also conducted Breeze workshops for lecturers.

Lecturers also got help from colleagues who were more familiar with the software they intended to use.

All these went some way in ensuring that the system appeared user-friendly rather than mystifying, with the CIT reporting that they received fewer than 40 support requests.

The experience, however, was different from what they had expected, according to some lecturers.

Dr Pow Choon Piew from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ (FASS) Geography department conducted his lectures through Breeze with the help of a colleague.

“The recording part was more time-consuming than I thought it would be. There is a tendency to want to get it right with no glitches and pauses when recording the e-lecture,” he said.

“That requires a lot of re-recording; as much as 8-10 times per slide for one colleague I know.”

Also, a lot of preparatory work was still needed for e-lectures.

Lecturers had to get the necessary equipment, like PC microphones and audio recorders, on top of signing up for Breeze or Camtasia Relay accounts, depending on the mode of presentation they had chosen.

This was followed by the recording and uploading, both of which took time, especially for those unfamiliar with the software.

In spite of the time taken for preparation, it is uncertain how effective e-lectures are, with lecturers acknowledging that students tend to get distracted by the internet when watching an online lecture.

It may then come as no surprise that lecturers still prefer “live” lectures, as shared by Dr Pow and Dr Carl Grundy-Warr, also from FASS, who gave webcasted lectures for his two modules.

“I prefer “live” audiences because they help to keep me animated, focused and allow for some interesting anecdotes to be made to keep people interested in what you are saying.”

“Watching students looking bewildered or falling asleep in lectures has its rewards,” said Dr Grundy-Warr.

Given the value lecturers place on interaction during “live” lectures, one would not expect them to be ardent supporters of eLearning Week.

Dr Grundy-Warr acknowledged that webcasts were a very useful supplement to “live” lectures; however, he felt that eLearning should occur “only in the case of real emergency situations.”

Dr Pow was more generous.

“We should have at most 2 e-lectures per semester,” he said.

Guarding Hearts Alliance – Protecting the quality in cardiac care

The Guarding Hearts Alliance is a group of more than 23000 cardiologists dedicated to preserve and protect the highest quality cardiac care available in America. This group strongly favors Medicare regulations and health care reform initiatives that put patient first in preserving access to quality cardiac care.

Cardiovascular disease takes lives of more American compared to cancer, accidents and diabetes combines. It is considered as Number One Killer in America, claiming 2,400 lives each day. “That number will continue to climb if currently proposed Medicare regulations or certain provisions within health care reform legislation are implemented,” said Warren Levy, M.D.,F.A.C.C., a Virginia-based cardiologist and a spokesperson for the alliance. “We are launching the Guarding Hearts Alliance to make sure that America’s heart patients are heard in Washington. We support the intention of recently proposed Medicare regulations, but we cannot stand by as proposals are adopted that will hurt patients and their access to the highest quality cardiac care possible. Our focus is on our patients and protecting the progress we’ve made in fighting heart disease.”

The group’s mission is to educate lawmakers and others about how proposed Medicare’s regulations and health care reforms. Administered through the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance, this group is vitally concerned about potential changes that could inadvertently endanger patient lives. Issues such as imaging equipment utilization rates and reimbursement fee schedules might sound like they would generate simple shifts in business practices, but they represent a real threat – restricting access to lifesaving technology that serves the range of rural Medicare recipients to privately insured urban residents alike.

Guarding Hearts Alliance wants Medicare Officials and Congress to consider following measures under this reform:

  • Support strong credentialing and accreditation programs to make certain that diagnostic equipment is used properly and cost-effectively.
  • Encourage the use of criteria to help physicians determine which tests are appropriate based on a patient’s symptoms and medical history.
  • Provide for disclosure of physician ownership in hospitals and imaging equipment to promote transparency.
  • Ensure patient safety through the creation of emergency care provisions and protocols at physician-owned facilities.

Guarding Hearts Alliance support Medicare Regulations and health care legislation that put the patient first i.e. making sure cardiac patients have access to the tests their doctors use to diagnose and treat their heart disease.


emPower pledges its support to Guarding Hearts Alliance in an effort to protect access to Quality Cardiac Care for all Americans

HIPAA Privacy Policies and Standards

Howdy Readers, I was just going through an interesting read on the internet which i wish to share with you all…

Why is the HIPAA Privacy Rule needed?

When it comes to individual health and medical data it can be collected, stored, analyzed and distributed in unprecedented quantities and put to diverse uses. Employers utilize health records to minimize their health care and workers compensation costs, as well as to identify employees who may be costly in the future. Payers not only use patient data for claims payment but also for utilization review, underwriting and coverage decisions.

Health care providers have a strong tradition of protecting private health and medical information. In today’s world, traditional method of data locked in filing cabinets is not enough.

Here some of the incidents that necessitated the passage of HIPAA standards and regulations

In Rapid City SID – A medical student took home copies of patients’ psychiatric records to work on a research project. He disposed of the material in the trash basket of a fast food restaurant. And that material was found and given to a newspaper reporter.

In Minneapolis MN – A university health facility sent emails to transplant recipients that revealed the names of hundreds of donors to whom confidentiality had been promised.

In Miami FL – Several hundred hospital workers browsed through the records of a famous patient that had recently come to the facility, even though few of them were actually involved in the case.

In Tampa FL – A county health department worker copied lists of HIV patients, distributed the information to his friends and sent the information to a local newspaper.

HIPAA Privacy Standards

The HIPAA Privacy rule covers national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.

The Privacy rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information called “Protected Health Information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule – called “covered entities”, as well as standards for individuals’ privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used. Major objective of privacy rule is to ensure that individual’s health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public health.

We all think that Healthcare practices would be rest assured with Regulations, but these kind of discrepancies causes them a great deal of problems and penalties. Hence, they should enhance proper training and follow the strict guidelines of the federal regulation.


Health Conferences in Sept. – Oct.

Health Conferences are the best place for knowledge and Networking.

Short Intro To emPower e-Learning.

emPower provides Regulatory Compliance solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations through Learning Management System (LMS). Learning Management system is an excellent vehicle that lets you deliver, track and manage training/education.

emPower offers courses to stay in compliance with standards set by regulatory bodies such as HIPAA, OSHA, Joint Commission and Red Flags Rule etc. Our parent company Mediscribes, Inc. is a top notch medical transcription provider offering comprehensive medical transcription services and document management system to hospitals and physician practices.           

emPower and Mediscribes would be visible to you at various conferences in the month of September – October, 2009.

GEMMS User Group Conference Indianapolis, Indiana on September 16-18 2009. This conference addresses anyone who uses the GEMMS ONE system – physicians, administrative, clinical, practice management, and IT personnel to learn, network, and share information. At the conference you would find emPower and Mediscribes displaying their various products and solution – comprehensive Healthcare compliance solutions through Learning Management System covering HIPAA, OSHA, HR policies, Red Flags rule training packages, etc. Also, Mediscribes that deals with high end Medical Transcription service would displays its deep insights on web-based electronic medical transcription service for hospitals, clinics, individual and group practices and rehabilitation centers.

Another exciting conference followed in the next week would be MedAxiom conference in Monarch Beach, CA, September 23 – September 25, 2009. MedAxiom is one of the most valuable resources and a comprehensive subscription-based service provider for cardiology practices. MedAxiom conference keeps members informed of changing technologies, trends, strategies and best practices in cardiology-practice administration and service delivery. Cardioscribes is Mediscribes’ extended hand that aces in providing high quality Cardiology Transcription services; it delivers robust document management system that allows Cardiology practices to capitalize on their patient documentation. Cardioscribes ensures consolidated end-to-end transcription solution that lets you around 25 – 35% lower cost than what cardiology practices incurs.

emPower / Mediscribes would also be visiting 81st AHIMA Convention and Exhibit at Gaylord Texon Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine TX in the month of October 3-8, 2009.

AHIMA 2009 convention will feature education and networking opportunities to a wide spectrum of professionals, from entry-level to middle and senior management, and also in areas like information systems.

Cutting-edge technology that provides cost-effective and end to end solution to meet your medical transcription needs ensuring high quality standards. You would be pleased to see product presentation and live demos of all our e-learning solution – healthcare compliance training, HIPAA training, HR policies, Red Flags Rule regulation education, JCAHO and OSHA Training packages.

Last but not least – MGMA 2009 Annual Conference Denver in the month of October 11th – 14th 2009. MGMA’ 2009 Annual conference is the largest professional development and networking conference for medical practice administrators. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2009 Annual Conference will help you to know what’s going on with HEALTH CARE Reform and how it will impact your business in the near future. In addition to transcription service provided by Cardioscribes and Mediscribes also presents Health care practices with dictation and transcription work-flow systems, software development, EMR interface and voice recognition integration. Besides, this you could also find emPower elearning solutions with broad collection of e-learning, e-reference and blended learning that drive business results. Our online courses cover compliance solutions and Human resource policies effectively covering full range of business needs.

I’m really excited and look forward to meet so many people and companies. 

You could find me at Mediscribes / Cardioscribes / emPower exhibition booth.

Looking forward to see YOU there


New evolution to Healthcare Learning

The future trend of e-learning method in medical education is greatly influenced by major trends in education industry i.e. (1) continuous change in Healthcare environment inclusive of advances in biomedical sciences and diagnoses & management of diseases, financing, organization, and delivery of health care services; (2) Adoption of emerging communication, simulation, and information technology in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education; (3) Competency-based patient outcome oriented training.

With the new emerging technology in learning settings, we can make considerable improvement in the quality of medical education. We can employ revolutionary approach to impart training to doctors using cutting-edge e-learning technologies. Web-based learning including video clips, animated diagrams, medical images, etc. can be very effective way of learning for medical, health sciences, and dental students. The electronic information sources carry a significant value by providing rapid access. Medical databases that remains updated provide medical literature can be used for simple text based queries, or content-based visual queries. E-learning technology keeps busy clinicians abreast of recent advancements in their respective fields in an effective and less time consuming manner.

Learning Management system is an excellent vehicle that lets you deliver, track and manage training/education. Learning Management platform helps technologists and health care clinicians to streamline the process of continuing medical education activities. Pharmaceutical and medical industries are such where there is need to comply with very strict regulatory requirements. LMS allows consistent and timely access to standardized course offerings such as HIPAA, Sexual Harassment, Lockout-Tagout, OSHA, Red Flags rule etc.


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