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Financial Literacy 101 - The Pineapple Newspaper

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Financial Literacy 101
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In a world of complex financial markets and products, many people believe that financial literacy is for those working in finance and banking.
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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

What criteria matter when considering learning games? First, ask the broad questions: How and when a game can be used? Then, be more specific: What kind of game is best suited to particular learning objectives?


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:55 AM

Games are valuable teaching and learning tools.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 3, 2014 1:19 PM

Great article! 

Training in Business's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:22 AM

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider 

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Strategies to control aflatoxin in groundnut value chains | IFPRI Publication


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IFPRIKM's curator insight, September 2, 2014 12:21 PM

Groundnuts, which are widely consumed in West Africa, are prone to contamination by aflatoxin during production and storage. Although aflatoxin plays a role in many of the important health risks in developing countries, individuals and governments ignore the risks because their health effects are not immediate. In the developed world strong regulations remove contaminated kernels and their products from the food systems. The objective of this paper is to examine production and marketing practices, particularly grading methods, in Ghana’s groundnut value chain to obtain a clear understanding of the sources and levels of aflatoxin contamination in the crop and how such contamination can be sharply reduced.

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Program impact pathway analysis of a social franchise model shows potential to improve infant and young child feeding practices in Vietnam | Journal of Nutrition

Program impact pathway analysis of a social franchise model shows potential to improve infant and young child feeding practices in Vietnam | Journal of Nutrition | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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IFPRIKM's curator insight, September 2, 2014 12:33 PM

By mapping the mechanisms through which interventions are expected to achieve impact, program impact pathway (PIP) analysis lays out the theoretical causal links between program activities, outcomes, and impacts. This study examines the pathways through which the Alive & Thrive (A&T) social franchise model is intended to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Vietnam. Mixed methods were used, including qualitative interviews with franchise management board members (n = 12), surveys with health providers (n = 120), counseling observations (n = 160), and household surveys (n = 2,045). Six PIP components were assessed: 1) franchise management, 2) training and IYCF knowledge of health providers, 3) service delivery, 4) program exposure and utilization, 5) maternal behavioral determinants (knowledge, beliefs, and intentions) toward optimal IYCF practices, and 6) IYCF practices. Data were collected from A&T-intensive areas (A&T-I; mass media + social franchise) and A&T-nonintensive areas (A&T-NI; mass media only) by using a cluster-randomized controlled trial design. Data from 2013 were compared with baseline where similar measures were available. Results indicate that mechanisms are in place for effective management of the franchise system, despite challenges to routine monitoring. A&T training was associated with increased capacity of providers, resulting in higher-quality IYCF counseling (greater technical knowledge and communication skills during counseling) in A&T-I areas. Franchise utilization increased from 10% in 2012 to 45% in 2013 but fell below the expected frequency of 9–15 contacts per mother-child dyad. Improvements in breastfeeding knowledge, beliefs, intentions, and practices were greater among mothers in A&T-I areas than among those in A&T-NI areas. In conclusion, there are many positive changes along the impact pathway of the franchise services, but challenges in utilization and demand creation should be addressed to achieve the full intended impact.

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Always Be Converting: 9 Ways to Increase Business Conversions via @ScentTrail

The ABCs of business have had a makeover. Instead of always be closing, today it's always be converting which is essentially the same thing but requires different tactics in the digital era: 

1. Optimize the navigation

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2. Diversify your payment options


3. Speed up load times


4. Manage your reviews


5. Use outreach carefully


6. Stay on top of social media


7. Show gratitude


8. Keep quality in mind


9. Target the right demographics

 


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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:

Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings.
Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 2, 2014 5:29 PM

Perfect detail for our new adventure.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:23 PM

An interesting study from the EdX people on using videos in an online course. 

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 6, 2014 12:49 AM

Good to know.

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The development of television literacy : talk, text and context

The development of television literacy : talk, text and context | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

This thesis seeks to contribute to a theory of 'television literacy' - that is, of the understandings and competencies children employ in interpreting and using the medium - which is both social and developmental. The main focus of the research is on the way s in which these competencies are mobilised and defined in small-group talk. The data are drawn from a series of interviews with a core sample of ninety children in three different age groups, aged between seven and twelve. 


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Escaped Ebola escapee patient recaptured

Escaped Ebola escapee patient recaptured | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The dramatic recapture of an Ebola patient in Liberia has been caught on camera, after he escaped from a quarantine centre.

His escape raised wider fears that some countries are struggling to contain the virus.

The head of the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has told the UN that the battle against the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is being lost.

Lebo Diseko reports.


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A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning

A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Creating brain-based eLearning courses is actually relatively easy, especially when following the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:53 PM

Perhaps with school starting up again, I am more aware of the number of posts that look at metacognition, and how our brains learn. This post from SH!FT provides the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D to help you remember key components of designing a course. Although the post is designed for eLearning the same concepts are also important in a face-2-face environment.

Let's look at the B in brain. It stands for the "brain's time clock." How long can students engage in active learning vs. passive learning? How long can a student online stay engaged (or a student in your classroom)? For each letter there is an explanation and in most cases links to additional resources.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:33 PM

Important things to think about whether designing an online or a face-to-face course.