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Tips for Teachers

stortzs27 : January 17, 2018 11:48 pm : learners

This section on Career Development is not only useful to the students and alumni of Prowibo, but also to our teachers. Have a look at this inspiring article on tips for teachers written by one of Prowibo’s Research Fellows, Gabriel Inchausti.

Citizens of Solidaryland are known for their kindness and pro-sociality. One example will offer proof: their rate of organ donors is above 90%. The figure is seven times higher than their neighbours’ (the citizens of Egoland). Solidarylanders like to help others and they know the biggest way to do it is by giving the gift of life: donating to those who need it.

But what about Egolanders? Are they as cold, heartless, and individualistic as those figures suggest? Is it that they don’t care about others at all?

A small trick helped Solidarylanders to achieve such impressive rate of donors: all of them are automatic donors, unless they explicitly declare so. Can that seemingly innocuous fact be that important? Definitely!

Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics , coined the term ‘nudge‘ to refer to those little elements in the context of a decision that have big impact in its outcome. We are not optimal, rational machines that make decisions always in accordance to our own benefit or our beliefs. We are just humans, and as Solidarylanders, we can use some help in the context to improve our decisions.

We know that education is very important. We are willing to put a considerable dose of effort to fulfil our academic goals. However, we rely on our human condition to make the right choices when the moment comes: Should I work now and finish this essay, or can I leave it for the weekend? In the end, my deadline is only next Tuesday. This is not an easy decision, and its outcome is not necessarily related to a specific academic mindset.

Professors can greatly improve the impact of their teachings if they become ‘choice architects‘. Lectures and course structure can have more effect if professors strategically place “cues” that condition students’ academic decisions in a good way.

Here a few suggestions:

Master the Deadlines.

Do students deliberately decide to rush during the last couple of days to finish their essay? Definitely not! But procrastination is one of the most difficult forces that students fight.

Although they know they tend to procrastinate, and they self-impose deadlines, they fail in building an effective mechanism to enforce their plan. Students may benefit more from externally imposed deadlines. (Ariely & Wertenbroch, 2002)

Help your students by splitting complex tasks into smaller ones with strict interim deadlines.

Build Habits.

We rely heavily on routines, in particular those that are proposed to us. Sometimes students build the proper ones, but sometimes they don’t. It is not enough to set how much time they should allocate each week in studying for a subject. They need to go one step forward. They need to specify when, where, and with whom.

The more specific the plan, the bigger the chances for them to follow it. As odd at it may sound, consider incentivising the first steps of your students’ plan. Incentives work great for short sprints and can be very useful when trying to build a routine.

Should your students earn credits just for showing up every Monday morning at 8 AM with their group? It may not be a silly idea.

Embrace the Golden Minute.

Other Nobel Prize in Economics, Daniel Kahneman said: “Our mind has a useful capability to focus on whatever is odd, different or unusual”. That useful capability can turn into something that is not always helpful, but professors can use it in benefit of their student.

Leave the last three minutes of your lectures for students to write what they have learned, what was most surprising in  your class and ask them to choose something they learned to tell to others.

These three questions activate  a mechanism that helps in retaining concepts. The “saying-is-believing” effect, (Hausmann, Levine, & Tory Higgins, 2008) refers to the influence in a communicator’s memories that has the process of tailoring a message for an audience.

When you ask your students to choose a single salient concept and to tell it to others they care about, the chance of them to fix it, increases.

Fight the Curve of Forgetting

Humans tend to forget, but they do it following a systematic pattern: we forget exponentially. Studies regarding the way we handle memories refer to the idea that the process of forgetting is linked with our growing inability to retrieve pieces of information stored. Memories appear to be gone because we can’t recall it, not because we lose it. (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994) Mnemonic rules are tools to help in the process of information recovery.

Remind your students about the key concepts of your lessons the day after your lecture. Do it again in ten days. And do it a third time within a period of one month. This can help students  strengthen the “recalling procedures”, thus making the learned knowledge more available.

 

(1) Master the deadlines, (2) Build Habits, (3) Embrace the Golden Minute, and (4) Fight the Curve of Forgetting. These techniques won’t alter the beliefs of your students about the importance of education and the relevance of your lectures, but they will help them engage in behaviours consistent with high academic performance.

References

Anderson, M. C., Bjork, R. A., & Bjork, E. L. (1994). Remembering can cause forgetting: Retrieval dynamics in long-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(5), 1063–1087. https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.20.5.1063

Ariely, D., & Wertenbroch, K. (2002). Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment. Psychological Science, 13(3), 219–224. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9280.00441

Hausmann, L. R. M., Levine, J. M., & Tory Higgins, E. (2008). Communication and Group Perception: Extending the `Saying is Believing’ Effect. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11(4), 539–554. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430208095405

 

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Top Tips for Writing an Outstanding CV

stortzs27 : January 11, 2018 5:54 pm : learners

When it comes to looking for a job, a great CV is a necessity. Get it right and you will land an interview in no time, however, get it wrong and it will be difficult to score an interview.

This guide will provide top tips for writing an outstanding CV for 2018 and beyond.

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Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs

stortzs27 : November 16, 2017 1:40 pm : learners

Are you ready to change the world?

The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) accelerates the success of impactful entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world. At CGA, you’ll get the mindset, tools, and network to help you scale your social enterprise and become an extraordinary entrepreneur. If you’re looking to make a difference for people in need, they can help you do just that!

Applications open soon!

 

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Exam Study Tips

stortzs27 : October 27, 2017 11:16 am : learners

Stressed about an upcoming exam? Take a look at these exam study tips written by our Uganda Team Leader, Ena!

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Tips to Aid in your Job Search

stortzs27 : October 24, 2017 1:13 pm : learners

Regardless of the field you’re in, applying for a new job can be stressful. Filling out numerous applications and then playing the waiting game is an experience nobody enjoys. Receiving emails stating you have not been shortlisted for the position can be disheartening and leave you feeling frustrated in your search.

However, what if we told you that there are a few secrets to help you find the best jobs and land an interview? This post will provide you with the important tips to aid in your job search.

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Give your Referees the Treatment they Deserve!

stortzs27 : October 2, 2017 4:07 pm : learners

When applying for university, scholarships or jobs, many times you are asked to provide references to ensure academic standing or the level of professionalism you demonstrate. Great references are very valuable, so why do we treat our referees so poorly? This post will present 5 tips on how to give your referees the treatment they deserve!

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Top 10 Tips for Applying for Scholarships

Sam : September 26, 2017 9:07 am : Blogs, learners

Applying for scholarships can sometimes be stressful and confusing. But have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of our top 10 tips for applying for scholarships.

 

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Free Software for Students

caro : August 11, 2017 1:41 pm : learners

Software that is useful for students, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an essay

AbiWord https://www.abisource.com/
OpenOffice https://www.openoffice.org/

… add references to my essay

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Free Software for Research and Teaching

caro : August 11, 2017 1:38 pm : learners

Software that is useful for educators, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an article

AbiWord https://www.abisource.com/
OpenOffice https://www.openoffice.org/

… add references to my article

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Online Courses for FREE

caro : August 8, 2017 12:58 pm : learners

These courses are free but you are charged in you want to receive a certificate.

Coursera offers financial aid to students who want the official verification certificate and can’t afford it.

This is a fabulous help for curious students or those struggling with a course. Click the below links, chose your class, build your degree!

 

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Do you want to study Law? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:25 pm : learners

LIST OF COURSES FOR A DEGREE IN LAW

These courses have been cross-referenced against law degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

A Law Student’s Toolkit
Yale

English Common Law: Structure and Principles
University of London

An Introduction to American Law
University of Pennsylvania

International Law
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to International Criminal Law
Case Western Reserve University 

International Humanitarian Law
Université catholique de Louvain

International Investment Law 
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

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Do you want to study Global Politics and Development? Free online courses.

Sam : September 19, 2017 9:48 am : learners

LIST OF COURSES FOR A GLOBAL POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT DEGREE

These courses have been cross-referenced against Global Politics and Development degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

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Do you want to study an MBA? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:19 pm : learners

LIST OF COURSES FOR AN MBA DEGREE

These courses have been cross-referenced against MBA degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
Rice University

Financial Markets
Yale

Maths Essentials for MBA Success 
Imperial College London

International Business Environment
University of London

Accounting Essentials for MBA Success
Imperial College London 

Corporate Financial Policy
University of Michigan

Project Risk Assessment
University of Michigan 

 

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Do you want to study health? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:32 pm : learners

LIST OF COURSES to study health.
If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Essentials of Global Health
Yale

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview
University of Geneva

Global Health Diplomacy
State University of New York

Global Health Policy
University of Tokyo

International Women’s Health and Human Rights
Stanford University

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics
University of Cape Town

Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Emory University

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Our Teaching Tips

caro : August 1, 2017 9:41 am : learners

 

Click here for the teaching primer pack by Richard Adams.

Our lecturers have all been trained using this philosophy to best engage with students using the latest available research and technology. Please feel free to adopt, adapt and send us feedback.

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Where to find scholarships

caro : July 27, 2017 12:51 pm : learners

 

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Scholarships in China

With the improving relations between China and Africa and the development of China, more and more African students want to study in China. Many Chinese universities offer scholarships for African students who want to study in China to ease their financial pressure.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

Scholarships in Italy
The Università Cattolica Africa Scholarship and is offered by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Italy. The scholarship is part of its mission to foster relationships with developing countries developed the Africa Scholars Program for students, both citizens and residents, from the African continent. The UCSC Africa Scholarships program aims to enable students to study selected Masters degree programs taught in English at UCSC’s Milan, Piacenza and Cremona Campuses. Cattolica offers scholarship opportunities for 1-year English-taught specializing Masters as well.

Scholarships in Finland
If you’re interested in studying in Finland the link below provides information on scholarship opportunities in Finland for international students, as well as financial advice and the application process for university study at all levels.

Scholarships in Sweden
The Swedish Institute, a government agency, and several Swedish universities offer a range of scholarships each year for international students and researchers wishing to go to Sweden. There are also scholarship competitions and other scholarship opportunities provided by private institutions and foundations.

 

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Scholarships for Women from Africa

caro : August 18, 2017 12:36 pm : learners

With many education foundations and charities working to increase opportunities to higher education, there has been a rise in the number of scholarships available for African women

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) provides scholarships for African women in sub-Saharan Africa working within agricultural science.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship program is a fellowship that provides training for African women to become human rights lawyers within their home country. It places an emphasis on advancing gender equality in the African legal system.

Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme is specifically for female African students pursuing master’s or PhD programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and education science at an African university.

NYU Wagner Public Service Fellowships for African Women offer scholarships for African women wishing to pursue careers in public service within their home countries.

Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women is a joint initiative of King’s College London (UK) and the University of Nairobi to train African women in conflict, security and development.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund provides scholarships for African women to study in Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya or the US.

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Scholarships for African candidates

caro : July 27, 2017 1:36 pm : learners

International Scholarships for African students
A list of current opportunities including helpful links and advice.

The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship is being offered by Carleton University in Canada to African students looking to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate programmes for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture is inviting MCF –at- RUFORUM Scholarship applications for Ugandan and Kenyan students for the 2017/18 academic year. The scholarship is available for bachelor and master programmes.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is offering partial scholarships to 10 students interested in studying Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation and Master of Science in Computing.

International Health Sciences University has organised Scholarships for Ugandan Students. These scholarships are available to pursue Bachelor, Master and Diploma programme. The aim of the scholarships is to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides postgraduate training in a field with strong relevance to national development aiming at university staff development and public sector demand of academically trained personnel to nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is now accepting applications for Rhodes Scholarship for West African students for the academic year 2018-2019. The Rhodes scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom and is a postgraduate award that seeks to support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is for Masters and PhD level African students with special circumstances. It caters for study across the globe.

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund provides graduate scholarships for African scientists to gain financial assistance for a master’s degree in subjects related to disease control in Africa. Successful scholarship candidates can study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are international scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth to study a Masters degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide.

Opportunities for Africans is a listof scholarships for study at all degree levels. It also has jobs listings.

The Beit Trust Scholarships provides international Masters degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.

Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships offers international scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home and abroad.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program is a scholarship programme for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.

 

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