The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-25T00:28:27Z Can Classroom Teachers Teach Online? 2020-08-25T00:28:27Z can-classroom-teachers-teach-online Media Release- For Immediate Release               24 August 2020 Can Classroom Teachers Teach Online?   Is there a skills gap in classroom teachers who are now conducting online training? Classroom teachers being thrown into online learning have a steep learning curve to deliver effective online content and effective learning. How can they transition to this modality and continue to ensure students are motivated and participating in quality learning? Are traditional educational facilities equipped to deliver online learning? Where are the gaps? Given the recent and immediate demand for teachers who traditionally teach classes in a classroom or lecture setting, to an online environment, many teachers have been thrown in the deep end. The transition has not been a gradual shift, but rather an immediate demand, given the shutdown of many educational facilities during lockdowns. The question is, do traditional classroom teachers have the skillset required to deliver online learning and how can they make the transition smoother? What kind of skills will they need to deliver online learning more effectively? Teaching in a classroom requires not only a different skillset, but also a different mindset, to what is needed for online teaching. To take a good classroom teacher and expect them to be a good online teacher, is akin to taking a good carpenter and expecting them to be a good furniture maker. Both may be highly skilled tradespeople, but that does not mean they can do each other’s jobs without more learning and development. With experience, classroom teachers encounter daily challenges in a particular type of environment, in which they may communicate with students as much through body language as through verbal and written communication. The expertise of a teacher is improved in a classroom with years of experience. Good classroom teachers develop their teaching skills and build up a great repertoire of techniques to use in all the different classroom situations they encounter with experience. They learn to observe and interpret the reactions of students. They can detect students who need help and respond accordingly and promptly. They notice that some students may be more alert than others, and at times some students might display signs of stress or illness. They can intervene providing advice when needed. In a classroom though, a single teacher is challenged by needing to communicate directly with many different individuals with different needs, who all respond in different ways, each time they talk. Communication is one person to many people. Students cannot avoid participation if motivation is low. Teachers can detect low motivation, react and adjust what they are doing. Teachers are trained to have a classroom mindset They may be good at detecting problems and solving them by reading a student’s body language, and communicating face to face, but that just doesn’t translate to online education anymore than speaking in the French language translates to speaking in the English language. Teachers in an online situation, however, are more likely: ·         Communicating one to one, not one to many, as they do in a classroom ·         Have lost the non-verbal cues that can help them see whether a student is motivated and engaged or disengaged and not-interested. ·         Often working from a home environment rather than standing in a well-equipped classroom in front of lots of students ·         Using technology they may not be fully skilled or equipped to use. ·         Working on different time-frames and perhaps not under the pressure of completing work at a particular time ·         Often unable to react in real time to learning problems ·         Will need to find different ways to communicate or demonstrate something that may be difficult for the student to understand. ·         Communicating more with writing or videos, language needs to be straight and direct, so that it does not become misinterpreted.   Students in an online situation are: ·         Will have to motivate themselves and manage their own time to study more. ·         Able to avoid participation if they are less motivated or don’t understand the study materials. ·         High risk of avoiding studying or dropping out if motivation drops too low. ·         In their home environment; which for some students can be more comfortable, reducing stress, and making them more receptive to learning. ·         Learning to use technology or web-platforms they may have previously used. ·         Do not have the support or distractions of other students in the class. ·         Less time sensitive   Online Learning Needs to be Different Supporting classroom teachers transitioning to online learning should be supported by materials, systems and resources that are designed around online learning at a faculty or institutional level. Support for teachers in the transition should also be provided including timing and motivational techniques that are effective for use in online learning. An online course can largely replicate the learning of a classroom course, but it must do it in different ways. For an online course, the study guide replaces the classes; and it needs to be seen exactly that way.  Classroom teachers have an inbuilt tendency to view online study guides in the same way they view handouts, textbooks, or sometimes curriculum documents. They are none of these. ·         Handouts, textbooks and curriculum documents are written materials that are used to provide information which the classroom teacher presents.                                                                                                                               ·         Online study guides are instructions for students to follow. They need provide a sequence of learning experiences, orchestrated to optimise learning. A good study guide applies educational psychology so the student’s encounters with ideas and information is carefully managed and repeated in varied contexts, at predetermined points through the learning experience. Study guides reinforce, strengthen, broaden and deepen learning as the student progresses through them. ·         Study guides will need to keep the student’s interest and motivation by offering information and interactive activities that encourages the student to keep progressing and continue with their studies. Online teaching requires an intimate appreciation of how remote learning can work, the unique tools and techniques available to make online work, and the intended learning pathway which a student is following in their study guide. Providing students with a one-way communication (you just talking at them- in the form of a study guide or a video) will be less motivating and will result in a less-engaged student. Where there is an opportunity for the student to ask questions and receive constructive feedback on the work they are doing (whether they are on the right track or need some more help), this will also encourage student motivation and engagement. It takes time and commitment for a classroom teacher to reach their full potential as an online teacher.  They must start by appreciating the massive differences in the two approaches to teaching. If they have an extensive understanding of educational psychology and a willingness to adapt, they may change faster; but for most classroom teacher, it may take twelve months or more to make a reasonable transition.   Designing gardens that are more fire-proof 2020-01-21T06:00:01Z designing-gardens-that-are-more-fire-proof Media Release- For Immediate Release               20 January 2020   Designing gardens that are more fire-proof Some gardens increase fire risk. Other gardens may diminish fire risk and even reduce the damage caused when a fire does occur. Knowledgeable gardeners – amateur or professional – can make better decisions about garden design and ongoing maintenance when they consider fire risk. Ill-informed people might think the best way to avoid a fire is to clear all trees and tall plants away from their house. Reality is a little more complicated though. When a building doesn’t have plants around it, it becomes more exposed to wind and heat. Embers can be carried long distances by wind in a firestorm, and buildings can ignite up to tens of kilometres from a fire front. Totally eliminating a garden does not guarantee protection from fire. Smart landscaping may not guarantee 100% fire protection, but it is probably a better solution. Ignorance of plant selection, garden design and property maintenance can often heighten fire risk in fire-prone areas. Fire can damage gardens horribly, some gardens more than others.  Some plants and landscape materials will burn far more readily. There are three important areas that need to be considered-- garden design, plant varieties used, and garden maintenance. 1. Garden Design. In some ways, plants can help in fire zones, so long as they don’t catch on fire themselves. Plants keep an area significantly cooler, and filter pollutants including smoke from fires. Placement of plants can change the way air moves through and over a property. Clear access routes need to be designed into a garden. A wide track with stone walls on either side will give better access than a narrow track with overhanging, highly flammable trees. When choosing landscape materials, favour materials that are less likely to fuel a fire or be damaged by a fire.  Wood decking will burn, but masonry paving won’t. Some mulches burn more readily than others. Some soils hold more moisture than others. Water features may offset flammability. Extra water storage may enable better firefighting. Irrigation systems can be used to wet a garden when fire approaches. 2. Plant Selection Some plants are less likely to burn or may not burn as fast. These include plants with watery foliage like cacti, ones with a high salt-content (e.g. Tamarix), ones with dense, insulating bark and ones with dense crowns. Plants that burn more readily include ones with volatile oils in their foliage such as eucalypts, and those with fibrous loose bark, dry foliage, or resinous foliage like conifers. Some plants can recover better from fires than others. Knowing how well a plant can recover is an important consideration when choosing plants to grow in fire prone areas. A very high level of plant knowledge is critical to better fire management through better selection of plants for gardens, farms and landscapes. Sadly, there has been a decline in teaching this aspect of horticulture over recent decades in many countries. 3. Garden Maintenance It is paramount to keep burnable material cleared from gardens as much as possible during fire seasons. Remove low hanging branches and flaky bark that might ignite trees. Keep trees and shrubs watered, if possible, over summer with drip systems located on the windward side of the garden. This keeps water levels higher in plants and makes them harder to ignite. Dig in any dry mulches or leaf litter that might ignite. Flammable mulches such as lucerne hay are better used after a fire season. They can then settle and largely decompose before the next fire season. This can improve a soils capacity to hold water; and plants therefore may have higher water content if faced with fire. After a fire, act to help a garden revive as soon as possible. Adding biostimulants, mulching, watering and pruning can help damaged plants revive.  Sometimes though, a burnt soil can develop water resistance. If this occurs, digging the soil surface and/or using a soil wetter may be needed.   Written by John Mason, Principal, ACS Distance Education, For any comments, please contact our Marketing & Public Relations Department or telephone 07 5562 1088. How partnering with ACS can earn your business some extra income 2019-12-18T03:39:53Z how-partnering-with-acs-can-earn-your-business-some-extra-income We have just released a new option for companies to sell our short courses and ebooks using a customised webpage that you can link straight from your website. When your customers make a purchase, we process the orders, take the payment and pay you 35% commission from every sale. We then deliver the course and service the student; there is no work for you to do. This model would be ideal for anyone who would like to add an additional income stream to their business/ blog. This agent option has no start-up costs, no risks and it is simple to apply. There are many benefits to adding this to your business. We do all of the work- including payments, course delivery, customer service, administration. Storefronts can be in GBP£ or AUD$. You get your commission paid monthly (once you generate a minimum of $300 or £200- otherwise it is rolled over to the next month). You can promote the products how you like- social media, on your website, newsletter, blog- the more you sell, the more income you will receive. Would you like to know more or apply? Find out more here: ACS Delivers Brand New ‘LearnHowTo’ Micro-Learning Platform 2019-08-06T00:56:31Z acs-delivers-brand-new-learnhowto-micro-learning-platform Media Release - for Immediate Release 6 August 2019   ACS Distance Education has just launched a brand-new learning platform aimed at businesses, professionals, students and anyone interested in personal development. Called Learn How To, this online subscription-only training site provides hundreds of short courses in a range of disciplines. For just AU$32.95 per month, subscribers have access to ALL courses. They can also view numerous educational videos to support the learning process. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an electronic badge to promote your skills. Courses are designed to enhance skills, fill gaps in knowledge, or get an introduction to an area of interest.   Each course takes between 1 to 4 hours to complete, and high scores on the self-assessment test at the end are awarded with a digital achievement badge. There are a huge range of topics covered. But there are no time limits. Subscribers get to study in their own time, at their own pace. What’s more, course content may be saved as a pdf or printed, so it won’t ever be lost. It takes about 2 minutes to enrol, and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.    Visit the site here:   Watch how Learn How To works here:   Be inspired... we love learning, and with us you can learn how to do all sorts of things.     For more information, or for business package subscriptions, please email us at: Gold Coast Business ACS Distance Education Celebrates 40 Years in 2019 2019-03-27T06:34:50Z gold-coast-business-acs-distance-education-celebrates-40-years-in-2019 Media Release- For Immediate Release               27 March 2019 ACS Distance Education Celebrates 40 Years in 2019 Family-Owned Vocational School Still Going Strong After 40 Years Starting out with nothing more than a printing press and a few ads in the back of gardening magazines, horticulturalist John Mason has come a long way. Often referred to as an educational innovator, John heads up Robina-based ACS Distance Education, a distance education school with a focus on developing real world skills in an ever-changing digital landscape. Since its humble beginnings, ACS has developed over 700 courses, helping students worldwide with everything from setting up a vegetable garden in the backyard to becoming a life coaches, landscape designers, counsellors, business owners, and many more. ACS Puts Students First ACS has a student-focussed approach, which is why we’ve developed our own custom learning system, and interactive career maps. Working at the leading edge of educational research, we believe in tailoring learning to the student. As a family business, ACS treats all its students as individuals – ACS academic staff are available to help students 5 days a week. Why Interactive Career Maps? The educational and employment landscapes are in flux. With its practical, goal-oriented maps, and self-paced learning, John believes ACS can help Gold Coasters find their passion and get into a career they love. People like Darrell Blackman, who says ACS’ Crisis Counselling course “enhances my skills in my job in the disability field.  One of the most pleasing things about ACS, is the flexibility it does allow in the way that you can lay out your assignments.  They are not pedantic about little issues; but [instead focus on] the core learning that you have gained”.   What has ACS learned in 40 years? Skills matter. Degrees look great – on your wall. Employers need staff with real world training and skills. Practical understanding and application are necessary across today’s marketplace, even for people just starting out. With new interactive career maps, ACS helps job-seekers find experience-based pathways into their dream job. There are no secrets to getting your dream job – it’s all hustle and hard work. Resume dropping, cold calls, volunteering – finding a job you love is all about getting your name out there and proving yourself. Follow the standard recruiter advice and analyse job ads. Then go out and network. Attend seminars and conferences, volunteer for non-profits, and get involved in the sector as much as you can. Capitalise on any opportunities you see. All learners have the potential to “make it”. There’s no such thing as an unteachable student. Everyone learns differently. If you’ve had trouble with traditional learning methods and classrooms, you might need to vary your approach. Some people learn best by getting out and doing; others need time to read, diagram, and take notes. Do what works for you. You have to advocate for yourself. If your current learning program isn’t working for you, be vocal about it. Get in touch with your school and let them know your thoughts and ask for help. At ACS, we adapt programs to suit our learner’s needs, which means everything from tailoring assignment content to offering exams over the phone for learner’s with special literacy needs. John is available for interviews via phone or at the ACS Gold Coast office in Robina. To learn more about ACS and our programs, contact Sarah at Visit our career maps here: ACS Releases New Course- Telephone and Online Counselling 2018-11-22T06:43:57Z acs-releases-new-course-telephone-and-online-counselling ACS Distance Education have just written and released a new 20-hour course in Telephone and Online Counselling. Increasingly, communication is conducted online and via the telephone.  People may be dealing with difficult customers, people who are in distress or stressed. We have developed a brand-new course to train people in how to deal with supporting clients or customers who are experiencing difficulties. Our new Telephone and Online Counselling course will help students to develop their skills in: ·         Dealing ethically with people in distress. ·         Dealing with difficult customers and clients. ·         Listening and paying attention. ·         Good communication online and by telephone. The great thing about studying our short 20-hour courses is that you can work through them at your own pace and put as much or as little as you feel you need to make the most of your studies. There are many opportunities to do extra studies to delve deeper into the topic if you need to. Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Learn more about this course: ACS Distance Education teaching people to grow food 2018-02-27T00:08:09Z acs-distance-education-teaching-people-to-grow-food ACS Distance Education has been passionate about teaching people to grow food for a long time. With a passion and love for horticulture combined with a drive for wanting to help people become more self sufficient or start their own commercial production, ACS can help people to learn the essentials of growing food crops. With the increase of the local food movement, people learning horticulture to grow their own food has also increased in popularity. Finding somewhere that will teach you the essentials and help you make your own choices on how you would like to grow your plants to suit your needs is also an important consideration. Whether you would like to become more self-sufficient, start your own commercial vegetable or fruit production, or even become a micro-business producing small quantities of food for a roadside or market stall, we have courses supported by expert tutors every step of the way to help you achieve your goals. Take a look at some of the courses that we have to help you grow food here: ACS Distance Education- Helping people learn 2018-02-20T05:50:56Z acs-distance-education-helping-people-learn ACS Distance Education has just released a new video on how our courses work and what makes our courses unique. This video provides an interesting snapshot of some of the innovative and interesting course options that are available for people who are wanting to learn something new. As our courses are flexible and self-paced, students can focus their learning for their goals. Whether the student’s goals include learning for more information to further a hobby or a passion, or for wanting to further a career and get some foundation or in-depth knowledge in the area, our courses are ideal for both. Watch our video on how our courses work now   ACS Releases New Course- Building Renovation 2017-11-29T04:17:34Z acs-releases-new-course-building-renovation ACS Releases New Course- Building Renovation ACS Distance Education have just written and released a new 100-hour course- Building Renovation. This course would be great for anyone who wants to work on their own home, gain more skills for a handy-person business, building manager or even flip a house for profit and a new income opportunity. Building renovation projects may be large or small, costly or expensive, complex or simple. All such projects should be carefully considered with respect to these issues before anything is ever done. This course will provide you with practical and theoretical experience in renovating buildings. This course covers the following 10 lessons: Introduction to Building Renovation Projects Core Structural and Site Works. Replacing/Repairing Roofs and Floors Doors, Windows and walls Plastering Carpentry Reno Painting Plumbing Basics Electrical Basics Renovating a Room Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Statement of Attainment from ACS Distance Education, or you could add it to a module in one of our qualifications, a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Diploma. Learn more about this course: ACS Releases New Course- Child Counselling 2017-11-23T04:13:47Z acs-releases-new-course-child-counselling ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 100 hour course- Child Counselling. The Child Counselling course will help you to learn to be more sensitive to the needs of children, and more capable of interacting in a positive way with children during counselling. In order to counsel children effectively, a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically. This course covers 9 lessons: 1/ Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems 2/ Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations) 3/ Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety 4/ Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression 5/ Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders 6/ Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders 7/ Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders 8/ Other Counselling Approaches 9/ Problem based learning Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Statement of Attainment from ACS Distance Education, or you could add it to a module in one of our qualifications, a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Diploma. Learn more about this course: ‘Australis 2020’ International Garden Festival One Step Closer 2017-10-05T06:12:54Z australis-2020-international-garden-festival-one-step-closer-1 ‘Australis 2020’ International Garden Festival One Step Closer For Immediate Release                                     Thursday 5th October 2017 In an exciting development for Australian Garden Tourism, Australis 2020 is one step closer. The Association of International Horticulture Producers (AIPH) executive, following their 69th Annual Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, met with Australian Federal and State Government MP’s, Australis 2020 and Australian Garden Council representatives for a tour of iconic Sydney gardens and landscapes. The Australis 2020 exhibition was given full AIPH approval in Taipei. Australis 2020 is a 6-month garden exhibition to be conducted in 2020 and Sydney is the preferred location (once Government has approved the site). Steven Haggart, MD and Founder of Australis 2020, and Graham Ross, Chair of the Australian Garden Council, and Robert Reynolds, AGC Director, hosted the AIPH executive on Monday 2nd October to showcase some of Sydney’s most outstanding gardens. Following a tour of Sydney, Royal Botanic Gardens’ Calyx project and the multi-award winning Barangaroo Headland Reserve on Sydney Harbour, the delegates then enjoyed historic Bronte House, and stopped at Vaucluse House where they were joined by the Australian Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. The PM met these key players who are organising this planned garden, environment and sustainability expo. Mr Turnbull expressed a keenness to be kept abreast of developments with both the AGC and Australis. The Australis 2020 exhibition is a great opportunity for Sydney and Australia’s wholesale nursery, landscape and garden tourism industry, as similar exhibitions in Asia and Europe attract tens of millions of visitors. For more than 6 decades, international garden festivals have been held across the Northern Hemisphere, attracting visitor numbers greater than the Olympics. These are the world’s biggest horticultural projects, but there has never been one held in the Southern Hemisphere. The AIPH is the peak international body that approves and supports these events and approval was for Australis 2020 to be held in Sydney from September 2020 until March 2021. To keep abreast with Australis 2020 developments, visit the website or contact Steven Haggart, Founder and Managing Director of  Australis or John Mason, Australian Garden Council Board Member . ACS Releases New Ebook- Fish for Freshwater and Aquaponics 2017-09-25T04:21:51Z acs-releases-new-ebook-fish-for-freshwater-and-aquaponics ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Fish for Freshwater Aquaculture and Aquaponics.Globally, many different freshwater fish species have been successfully farmed, on a small or large scale. Choices are frequently be limited though by what is legally able to be farmed, and what is available where you live. Most developed countries do impose restrictions, banning some fish species and requiring licences to farm others.Get to know the fish that you can keep in an aquaponics and aquaculture system and some different features.This ebook covers the following chapters:CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURECHAPTER 2 FISH BIOLOGY FISH ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGYCHAPTER 3 TROUTCHAPTER 4 CATFISHCHAPTER 5 PERCHESCHAPTER 6 OTHER FISHFor more information on the Fish for Freshwater Aquaponics Ebook or to download, please visit our website: ACS Releases New 2017 Course Handbook 2017-07-18T01:49:11Z acs-releases-new-2017-course-handbook ACS Distance Education have recently released a new digital course handbook for 2017. Download the 2017 course handbook to learn about all the courses that ACS Distance Education has on offer. The handbook introduces our huge range of courses. With over 600 distance education courses covering such a wide array of topics, this handbook is an essential compendium for anyone interested in further studying on a personal or professional level. Some of the areas that ACS Distance Education courses include are gardening, horticulture, self-sufficiency, environmental studies, agriculture, psychology, health, leisure and fitness, hospitality animal care, science and business studies. Our distance courses are flexible to suit our students’ busy lifestyles, and our courses can be taken online, via correspondence or e-learning. Our courses are the result of continuous input from academic officers, students and industry over a period of more than 35 years. The input has come from formal channels (e.g. advisory committees, industry reports, student and employer surveys, etc), and informally, by alterations/improvements being made to course notes whenever an improvement is required. To download your free electronic copy of the course handbook, please visit our website: ACS Releases New Course- Biographical Writing 2017-07-05T05:23:56Z acs-releases-new-course-biographical-writing-1 ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Biographical Writing. The Biographical Writing course is a 100-hour course that helps you understand the foundations in how you can go about writing your own biography. A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It's more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it's more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. What are the key events? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose? What's the difference between biography and memoir? What's biographical research? Who "authorizes" a biography anyway? Dig into how this popular form works with our new 100-hour course: Biographical Writing. You'll learn about different types of research, where to start gathering information, and how to apply the art of fiction to the craft of a biography. In the final lesson, you'll write a 2000 - 4000 word biography and receive individual feedback from our academic staff. This course covers the following lessons: Scope and Nature of Biographical Writing Researching a Biography Developing Context Short Biographies Comprehensive Biographies Planning a Biography Editing and Marketing a Biography Project – Writing a Biographical Story  For more information on the Biographical Writing course, please visit our website: ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology 2017-06-14T05:30:57Z acs-releases-new-course-food-processing-amp-technology ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Food Processing and Technology. The food industry is a vital part of the world’s economy. Food products are necessary to life, and advancements in food technology can improve nutrient density and delivery, lower cost, and provide nourishment to communities all over the world. Food is generally divided into two categories – processed or preserved, and fresh. While there are development processes for fresh food, such as the development of new fruit strains, a significant amount of new food development is in the processed and packaged space. Sometimes, this is as simple as repackaging a fresh food, such as offering green beans in a ready-to-cook format. More often, though, it’s developing a more complex processed or packaged product that meets a consumer need. New product development is an important part of any food business, from a small family business through to large corporations. Without products – and new products – to bring to market, business growth is more likely to stagnate. Most companies use a staged approach to product development. Being informed and knowledgeable about how to produce new products is just as crucial as is creating products that have market value. This course provides a foundation for developing those new products better, and minimising all types of risks along the way from product quality risks to health and business risks. This course covers the following lessons: Overview -Scope and Nature of Food Processing Industry The Role of Nutrition in New Product Development Chemical Processing, Preservatives and Additives Thermal Food Processing, Pasteurisation and Microwave Cooking Managing Health Claims and Other Statements Developing New Food Products (including Marketing) Packaging, Labelling and Storage Legal, Policy and Management Developing a New Product - Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project For more information on the Food Processing and Technology course, please visit our website: