June 9 (10)

Making a College Physics Course More Student-Friendly and Less Hostile.

Making a College Physics Course More Student-Friendly and Less Hostile.

Introduction: Is the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate in Physics (CSECPhys) a prerequisite for College Physics (CP)? College X says yes. University Y, the course franchise owner, says little. Students at College X continue to freely register for CP with a large portion being uninitiated in Physics.

Methods: CP scores for student cohorts from 2011 to 2016 at College X were analyzed against College Mathematics (CM) scores and Science Qualifications (SQ) whilst controlling for conscientiousness. In study A, SQ was operationalized as: Q1 = grade 1 or 2 in CSECPhys, Q2 = grade 3 in CSECPhys, Q3 = did not take CSECPhys but has passes in CSEC Biology (Bio) or Chemistry (Chem), Q5 = a failing grade in: CSECPhys, CSECBio or CSECChem or never doing science beyond ninth grade. In study B, CP scores of those passing CSEC: Integrated Science (IS) or Electrical Technology (ET), Q4, were compared with Q1 and Q5 scores.

Results: Study B showed a difference in CP scores between Q4 and Q5 but none between Q4 and Q1. In study A, Q1 students had the highest CP scores. Q2 students had higher CP scores than Q5. Q3 students did not distinguish themselves and Q5 students had the lowest CP scores.

Discussion: Passes in CSECPhys seem to enhance CP performance. CSEC IS and ET seemingly mollify disadvantages of not being in Q1. Q3 and Q5 students suffered from flattened scores in CP. Naming and enforcing CSECPhys or IS or ET as a prerequisite should restore student-friendliness to CP.

Infusing Technology & Innovative Customer Service for a Comprehensive Student-Centredness Approach

Infusing Technology & Innovative Customer Service for a Comprehensive Student-Centredness Approach

Is student-centredness an empty rhetoric, an oxymoron or the latest catch phrase? The nucleus of our existence is indeed our students, as customers, whether we are on the front lines of a college answering their queries, processing applications or tuition payments, teaching within the classrooms, or at the back-end of issuing transcripts.

This workshop will look at all types of students and how we can serve them better and improve ourselves in the process. Participants will be provided with a sample profile of who our students are, useful technological tools, in and outside the classroom, and practical guidelines of how to improve customer service.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the 4 generally accepted principles about “student-centredness”
  • Recognize who are our students on the basis of recent survey and focus groups
  • Identify students’ needs and an intimate look at advisement
  • Identify what customer service means in relation to all customers, both internal and external
  • Reverse-engineering a culture of student-centredness
  • Recognize how attitude affects customer service
  • Use innovative customer service tools to generate and retain life-long customers
  • Build good will through in-person customer service
  • Connect with students through electronic tools
  • Participate In group activity and leave a “legacy”
Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn

The inability of first year college students to activate Self-regulated Learning Behaviours (SLB) while solving mathematics problems significantly impacted their performance. More specifically, these deficits in the learning process resulted in students’ disengagement and poor academic performance in the discipline. A review of scholarly literature suggested that meta-cognitive training may help to reduce these deficits. The purpose of this study was to describe the effects of meta-cognitive training on students’ SLB and academic performance in mathematics. I conducted an Action Research over twelve weeks. Data collection methods included: survey, meta-cognitive analysis framework developed from literature, students’ journals, teacher’s observation, and formative tests. This study focused on students’ adaptation and execution of four SLB: planning, monitoring, controlling and evaluation, embedded in Polya’s (1954) three stage approach to problem solving. Findings indicated that students who were equipped with meta-cognitive skill sets were better able to diagnose their learning and remedy their deficits in knowledge. It is concluded that meta-cognitive training increases the frequency at which students exercise SLB in solving mathematics problems and improve mathematics performance. It is recommended that first year college students who are pursuing advanced mathematics be introduced to meta-cognitive training.

Turmeric and Lemongrass Flava: eat good, look good, feel good- Healthy isn’t a goal it’s a way of life

Turmeric and Lemongrass Flava: eat good, look good, feel good- Healthy isn’t a goal it’s a way of life

Analysis of data retrieved from the logistic regression analysis suggests that the main risk factors for hypertension are being female, advancing age, obesity, having diabetes and having a family history of hypertension. Jamaica has a point prevalence of hypertension of 30.8% in the 15-and-over age group. Statistics on the prevalence rate of diabetes has revealed that 415 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 44.3 million people in the North Atlantic Caribbean (NAC Region); by 2040 this will rise to 60.5 million. (International Diabetes Federation [IDF], 2015). These suggests the importance of formulating policies aimed at reducing the prevalence rate of lifestyle diseases among the populous.

With the increase of health awareness in Jamaica, this project seeks to develop a variety of turmeric and lemongrass products. This project also strives to improve the health of students, school personnel, families, and community members, as good health supports lifelong learning, living and wellbeing. Excelsior Community College seeks to launch its line of products as well as to train individuals in developing products deemed compatible to their own lifestyle practices.

The line of products are as follows:

  • Turmeric tea
  • Turmeric ginger tea
  • Turmeric lemon grass tea
  • Turmeric sauce
  • Turmeric and Lemongrass facial and body care products
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