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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Bupahas shown the power of internal marketing and branding new initiatives foremployees when it comes to e-learning. We report on the thinking behind itsonline strategy and its plans for going forwardMost of us know Plato as a Greek philosopher who, along with his teacherSocrates and his pupil Aristotle, initiated western philosophy. At Bupa, theglobal health and care organisation that has 40,000 employees worldwide, thename has different connotations, but they are equally high-brow in their own way.Neatly standing for Personal Learning and Training Opportunities, Plato isthe online portal where employees head when it comes to training anddevelopment. And as well as providing a clearly defined single access point fortraining, it has proved to be a vital internal marketing tool to smooth thetransition to e-learning. “We wanted the brand to be very powerful from the beginning and for thebrand to be wrapped around the e-learning,” says Phil Knight, head ofdevelopment and training at Bupa UK Membership. “It meant we didn’t haveto have the debate about whether e-learning was good or bad,” he said. While this is Bupa’s first experience of e-learning, Knight has been therebefore, having been involved in e-learning projects at his previous companies,Direct Line and WorldCom. “I achieved success with e-learning before, but it is a case oflearning how to get it right,” he says. Bupa UK Membership is responsible for the insurance and assurance side ofthe business. It employs 2,600 people nationally with two of its main bases atStaines and Salford Quays. In an increasingly competitive sector, products needto get to market as soon as possible, which puts pressure on traditionalclassroom-based training. But as well as having a sound business case for e-learning, UK Membership isalso being seen as a test-bed for e-learning by other parts of theorganisation, which wants to encourage workers to take ownership of their owntraining and development. Bupa implemented its first learning management system in April 2002, andlaunched Plato at the same time. It had around 30 off-the-shelf programmesrunning on the system from standard office software training to genericmanagement development, but it wanted to find an organisation-wide project toreally push the system. Eventually, it found one in the shape of the company’s Heartbeat project,and commissioned e-learning and multimedia developer Epic to develop atailor-made programme, comprising of one-and-a-half hours of learning. “All the product knowledge training was done using the programme, andwe were able to train 800 people in four weeks,” explains Knight.”All the field sales staff could gen up online, and then did anybehavioural training that was needed in the classroom. The feedback was extremelypositive.” Knight stresses the importance of bringing in the marketing team at theearly stages of an e-learning strategy, and the first programme reinforced theBupa brand with the company’s look, feel and high standards of design.”I’ve read a lot of e-learning case studies that say ‘get IT on boardearly’, but I think the marketing team is just as important,” says Knight.”They’ve been very supportive all along. As well as featuring ininternal publications, Plato is featured on Bupa TVs in receptions and callcentres, and they even sent a big plastic bag of goodies to the businessmanagers as part of the campaign.” With the contract on its LMS (Learning Management System) due to expire,Bupa decided to put it out to tender again, and the commission was won byFuturemedia, which was awarded a three-year contract to provide an LMS, hostingservices and software integration with Bupa’s existing PeopleSoft HR system. Futuremedia’s proprietary, Solstra LMS, which has capacity for 240,000users, was installed in just two-and-a-half weeks to coincide with the expirydate of the previous LMS. It was also vital that the Plato brand was replicatedso that the transition was seamless to the user. Spencer Cohen, head of sales and marketing at Futuremedia, says:”Things ran very smoothly, mainly due to the partnership between all theparties concerned – Phil’s team, Bupa’s IT department who helped us integratewith the HR system, and our own team. “Technology can build systems, but relationships are key to implementation,”he adds. Cohen says he has noted a vast difference in the way that clients want tointeract with their supplier over e-learning in the past five years. “Four or five years ago, e-learning was the new toy that everyonewanted regardless. Two or three years ago, it was a case of ‘it’s all gonewrong,” says Cohen. “Now clients want us to work far more closely with them and almost holdtheir hand throughout. You cannot just leave a client to get on with it, buthave to work together with them on everything from strategy to internalcommunications to help drive usage up and secure them a return oninvestment.” Plato is accessed via the web at the desktop as before, but the learningmanagement system is now hosted by Futuremedia, and users can go online to sitcourses, book a course and access learning information. Among the training initiatives it has facilitated so far is a compliancetraining project, where 1,400 workers were trained in six weeks. Feedback wasagain positive, especially from the company’s ‘Plato champions’, who areeffectively the eyes and ears of the system, and who report back to Knight’steam. “They champion the brand and spread the word and we get together once aquarter with them to talk about things such as usage and any issues that havearisen,” says Knight. Bupa also extracts usage and other information from the LMS, and it hasenabled the organisation to pinpoint which aspects of Plato are most popular.The system has a link into Ashridge’s virtual learning resource, and this ispopular with managers, reports Knight. Also popular are the 10-minute toolkits which support classroom training,and let users download templates for different tasks such as putting together ameetings agenda. “It’s really simple stuff, but people really like it and use it,”says Knight. As well as being rolled out internationally to Australia and India, next onPlato’s agenda is the introduction of discussion threads and virtualclassrooms. Both bring their own challenges, but Knight is also looking beyondthe immediate gain. “We’ll have to make sure we have good controls on the discussionthreads and the virtual classrooms must be a good fit for purpose,” hesaid. “We’ve used virtual classrooms already and managers have really takento them, and have wanted to go on and use the tools for further discussionswith their team – almost as a form of networked learning. “For us, it represents a blurring of the line between e-learning andknowledge management. We don’t currently use technology to capture knowledge,and this would provide another way of doing so.” Top tips– Have a compelling business case– Have a compelling brand associated with the e-learning andinvolve the marketing team early on– Have a clearly interpreted plan and define all of yourobjectivesIn summaryPositive visionBupa’s aim: To refine andcontinue to develop its e-learning strategy. This includes superceding itsprevious learning management system. Bupa wants to encourage staff to takeownership of their own training and development.Why? Bupa UK Membershipoperates in an extremely competitive sector, and the demands on training to getproducts to market are high. It is also acting as a test-bed for e-learning forother parts of Bupa.Is e-learning delivering? PhilKnight, head of development and training, expects to see a return on investmentin three years. Feedback so far has been positive, especially from the Platochampions, who are the eyes and ears of the system. Plato’s RepublicOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU-Eastern Utah Women’s Soccer To Host Special Fundraiser Written by Tags: Ammon Bennett/leukemia/Maeser Prep/Otero Junior College/Sophie Cannon/USU Eastern Utah Women’s Soccer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah-Tuesday, USU-Eastern Utah’s women’s soccer program announced a special fundraiser to raise money for their teammate, Sophie Cannon, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.This will be during the September 22 home game against Otero Junior College.Cannon, a product out of Lindon, Utah and Maeser Prep Academy, is still a part of the team, but unable to play after her 2017 diagnosis.For more information, please contact head coach Ammon Bennett at [email protected] Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgWe will work with local directors of public health to deliver an initial round of asymptomatic whole-home testing for staff and residents at the extra care housing and supported living settings at most clinical risk. The operational details of rolling out this testing to this sector are being worked through and more details will be provided shortly.In May, the government launched a Care Home Support Package, backed by the £600 million Infection Control Fund, to minimise risks in care homes by limiting movement of staff.David Pearson CBE, Chair of the Adult Social Care Support Taskforce has written to care providers this week outlining the importance of reducing movement between care homes, making best use of the Infection Control Fund.David Pearson CBE, Chair of the Adult Social Care Support Taskforce said: Our response to this global pandemic has always been led by the latest scientific advice from world-class experts, and we will now offer repeat testing to staff and residents in care homes, starting with homes for elderly residents before expanding to the entire care home sector. This will not only keep residents and care workers safe, but it will give certainty and peace of mind to the families who may be worried about their loved ones, and give staff the confidence to do what they do best. Social care and its workforce are at the front line of this unprecedented pandemic with many of our care homes looking after those who are most at risk from coronavirus. It is our priority to protect care residents and staff and testing is a crucial part of that. That’s why from Monday residents will be offered monthly tests, and staff will be tested every week. This is so important as it means care workers can be sure they are providing the very best care without worrying if they are carrying the virus themselves. Protecting staff and residents inside our care homes is an absolute priority throughout all phases of the pandemic. Testing is clearly an important part of this, particularly regular testing in key areas where prevalence is likely to be high. This new phase in our testing strategy is an important step in protecting one million people in care homes across the country. We are prioritising those care homes for older residents and those with dementia, but will expand this even further by August. Staff will be tested for coronavirus weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus in social care. This is in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak, or at increased risk of an outbreak.The new testing strategy comes following the latest advice from SAGE and new evidence from the Vivaldi 1 study indicating a higher prevalence in care homes, and therefore a case for frequent testing in care homes and their staff.The Vivaldi 1 study, which surveyed almost 9,000 care home managers and analysed data from whole care home testing, identified the higher levels of the virus among care staff, particularly among temporary staff who work in multiple care settings. The study suggests that care home staff may be at increased risk of contracting the virus, which they may then pass on to others if they have no symptoms.Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said:center_img Over the following 4 weeks, retesting will have been rolled out to all care homes for over 65s and those with dementia who have registered to receive retesting. Repeat testing will be extended to include all care homes for working age adults in August.Minister for Care, Helen Whately said: Care home staff to be given coronavirus tests every week and residents monthly from Monday to identify anyone with the virus and reduce transmission Repeat testing will be initially prioritised for care homes primarily looking after over 65s or those with dementia before being rolled out to all adult care homes The government’s Vivaldi 1 care home study highlights the importance of regular staff testing while there is a higher prevalence in care homes Background informationThe Vivaldi 1 study results were published by the Office for National Statistics and on GOV.UK at 9:30am on Friday 3 July.Asymptomatic testing in domiciliary care settings will be guided by the results from the PHE prevalence study into domiciliary care.last_img read more

first_imgMilling industry veteran Roger Butler has joined the National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim) as president.,Previously the trade association’s vice president, Roger Butler will take over from George Marriage as president this month.His appointment comes as the UK flour industry continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the association.With 45 years of experience in the milling industry, Butler has worked abroad in Canada and Papua New Guinea. He is currently chairman of Whitworth Bros and Carr’s Flour mills.“UK millers have played a vital role in ensuring the supply of both commercial and retail flour supplies during lockdown. At the same time, Nabim has also been working tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the invaluable support its members need during uncertain times,” said Butler.“I am both proud and honoured to become president of an organisation which does so much to promote and protect everything which makes our industry special.”Butler began his career at fourteen cleaning hessian flour sacks at Cadge & Colman.He spent twelve years working for Robert Hutchinson in Kirkcaldy before being appointed managing director, and subsequently chairman, of Whitworth Bros.“We are fortunate to have someone of Roger’s experience and drive as Nabim president, while the industry responds to the changes in demand and consumer behaviour brought about by the current crisis and the completion of our departure from the European Union,” added Alex Waugh, director general of Nabim.Nabim has also published an online map of where to buy flour during the Covid-19 pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Widespread Panic continues to tell fans that 2017 will be a light year for them, touring-wise. With that in mind, the smaller shows in 2016 have all been something special, with the crowd truly engaged and the band locked and loaded for some great Southern fried jamming. Last night was no exception, as WSP kicked off a major summer tour with a rager at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR.The show featured a number of staples from the band, including an opener “Hope In A Hopeless World” and tracks like “Good People,” “Pigeons,” and more. They closed out set one with “Ain’t Life Grand,” and rocked through a great second set that included a “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” opener. The big run of the night came in the middle of the set, when the band played “Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers.” The set ended with “Radio Child,” and the group encored with a great “Honky Red” to bring it home.Thanks to photographer Jeremy Scott, we have some great images from the performance. Check them out below. Load remaining images See the full PanicStream setlist and a gallery below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR – 6/17/16Set 1: Hope In A Hopeless World, Good People, Pigeons, Wondering, Space Wrangler, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Cotton Was King, Better Off, Ain’t Life Grand (60 mins)Set 2: Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, Sell Sell, Disco, Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, Radio Child (72 mins)Encore: Honky RedA full gallery of Jeremy Scott’s images can be seen below.last_img read more

first_imgFor many people, “plastic” is a one-word analog for environmental disaster. It is made from precious petroleum, after all, and once discarded in landfills and oceans, it takes centuries to degrade.Then came apparent salvation: “bioplastics,” durable substances made from renewable cellulose, a plant-based polysaccharide. But problems remained. For one, the current bioplastics do not fully degrade in the environment. For another, their use is now limited to packaging material or simple containers for food and drink.Now researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have introduced a new bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. It’s made from chitosan, a form of chitin — the second-most abundant organic material on Earth.Chitin, a tough polysaccharide, is the main ingredient in the hardy shells of crustaceans, the armorlike cuticles of insects, and even the flexible wings of butterflies.The Wyss Institute makes its shrilk from chitin from shrimp shells, most which would otherwise be discarded or used in fertilizer or makeup, and a fibroin protein from silk. Researchers discussed it in a March online study in the journal Macromolecular Materials & Engineering.Shrilk is cheaply and easily fabricated by a novel method that preserves chitosan’s strong mechanical properties. The researchers said that for the first time, this tough, transparent, and renewable material can be used to make large, 3-D objects with complex shapes using traditional casting or injection-molding techniques. That means objects made from shrilk can be mass-manufactured and will be as robust as items made with the everyday plastics used in toys and cell phones.“There is an urgent need in many industries for sustainable materials that can be mass produced,” Wyss Director Donald E. Ingber said in March. “Our scalable manufacturing method shows that chitosan, which is readily available and inexpensive, can serve as a viable bioplastic that could potentially be used instead of conventional plastics for numerous industrial applications.”This environmentally safe alternative to plastic could also be used to make trash bags, packaging, and diapers.Once discarded, shrilk breaks down in just a few weeks — and even releases rich nutrients that support plant growth. In one experiment, Wyss Institute researchers grew a California black-eyed pea plant in soil enriched with its chitosan bioplastic. Within three weeks, the material encouraged plant growth.In environmental terms, finding viable alternatives for conventional plastics — prized for their lightness, durability, and low price — is an urgent matter. In the United States alone, according researchers at Columbia University, about 34 million tons of plastic waste is generated every year; less than 7 percent is recovered for recycling.Meanwhile, according to the same researchers, plastics buried in landfills will take 1,000 years to degrade. Plastics discarded into the world’s seas — an estimated 100 million tons so far, circulating in vast oceanic gyres — are a threat to marine life. The challenge is clear: We will drown in plastic if we don’t find a sustainable alternative. Harvard’s Wyss Institute has been working on a bioplastic that is expected to provide part of the solution. Video courtesy of the Wyss InstituteThis story is a combination of two press releases issued by the Wyss Institute in March and May. The content has been edited for length and clarity. To read the original releases, Manufacturing a solution to planet-clogging plastics  and Chitosan bioplastic, visit the Wyss Institute website. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ8UfA2zmbc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/gJ8UfA2zmbc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

first_img“I have become more open about it because I wanted to know other people,” she said. “I look fine to a lot of people if I’m not wearing my mask, and some people feel it’s taboo and awkward to ask me questions. For me, there’s nothing embarrassing about it.“I have to choose my every day very carefully. Sure it would have been fun to have roommates, but I need my own bathroom because other people can make me sick. I have to recognize my limits and be OK with that.”Tellier treasures her Friday game nights with the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association — “anything vaguely nerdy” — and is president of the Harvard College Disability Alliance, a group that advocates for a more accessible campus.She also stays connected to others fighting cystic fibrosis.“Having a terminal illness that’s not cancer is a different culture,” she said. “For CFers, dying young is the norm. You feel like your life is happening faster than everyone else’s and you become used to losing friends at young ages.”And she is constantly grieving a baseline of health ever in retreat.“Something is always being taken away from me,” she said. “For example, I’ve suddenly developed painful esophageal spasms. I can be sad about it, but I have to accept it and move on. I’m already getting arthritis, and I’m learning to deal with it. Being sick is my full-time job, and the rest comes later.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Elsie Tellier’s Harvard experience, starting with her decision to apply, is inextricably tied to her diagnosis. She was 12 when she learned that she had cystic fibrosis, a progressive and lethal lung disease that claims most patients before age 40. As she and her family grappled with the news, Tellier made plans for living her life to the fullest.“My hope is to be productive and do good things with the time I have left,” said the Leverett House senior, who is studying sociology and classics. “I have a life plan to do what I can to help others.”Born in Winnipeg, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Tellier was an infant when her mother died. An aunt who helped raised her — a Mexican physician who served poor communities in her home country — was “a driving force” in the future Harvard student’s youth, sparking a passion for humanitarian work that last summer led her home to Manitoba to interview foster families for senior thesis research on indigenous children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.“My province is very poor,” Tellier said. “It can be very shocking and very sad. Ten-year-olds shouldn’t be killing themselves because they aren’t given the help they need.” “My hope is to be productive and do good things with the time I have left. I have a life plan to do what I can to help others.” — Elsie Tellier, pictured below,Michael Stein, co-founder and executive director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, taught Tellier in a Kennedy School course on global disability law and policy and serves as her faculty adviser.“Having to engage with additional challenges has given Elsie experience and expertise in being a problem-solver, and a well-balanced perspective,” he said. “Her experience here is both one of great community and great friends and institutions and mechanisms, but there are also times when someone like Elsie can feel isolated, with her perspectives unacknowledged. Still, she doesn’t come out of a negative experience with bitterness or sarcasm, but instead sees it as a learning experience.”Tellier is open about her loneliness, and pretty much all aspects of the battle she is fighting with no-nonsense bravery. Her social media posts range in topic from fashion, faith, and queer life to her College work, her love of “Star Wars” (she has dressed as Princess Leia for the past three Halloweens), and her disease.last_img read more

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is urging the international community to back up concerns over the country’s disputed elections with “strong actions.” Wine, who is contesting his loss to long-time Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni in last month’s presidential elections, told reporters that he hopes “the world will stand with the people of Uganda.” “Gen. Museveni, like all dictators, is not moved by words,” said Wine, a 38-year-old singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. He spoke via video link from his house on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he said he effectively remains under house arrest. “We hope that there will be more action following the strongly worded statements.”last_img read more

first_img View Comments Kaufman, who is stepping in a few days earlier than initially announced, will make his Broadway debut in the Stephen Schwartz tuner. He was crowned the winner of the sixth season of the NBC hit in May, having been coached by Grammy winner Usher. The Voice victor Josh Kaufman enters the Broadway big top on October 31 as the titular prince in Pippin. He takes over for Kyle Dean Massey, who will find his corner of the sky on the road in the national tour. Kaufman will play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. Pippin With a score by Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Kaufman, the current cast includes Carly Hughes, Lucie Arnaz, John Dossett, Charlotte d’Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

first_img(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaAs the holiday season approaches, homes will soon be filled with family and friends. Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, but planning now can make the big day less hectic. “Preparing meals for a perfect holiday can be stressful, but deciding on menu items that can be safely prepared ahead and stored safely until needed can help you have a safer and more relaxing holiday meal,” said Judy Harrison, a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.To help you prepare and stay on schedule, the Partnership for Food Safety Education provides a timeline.Two weeks aheadConfirm your guest list at least two weeks before Thanksgiving. With the list in mind, decide on the menu. Select a few recipes that can be safely stored and served at room temperature to avoid an overloaded oven or stove. Ask guests to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. If you have freezer space, purchase the turkey in advance and store it. Plan on about a pound per person. Check your food thermometer to make sure it’s calibrated and works. If you plan to deep-fry, smoke or grill the turkey, check the equipment beforehand. Plan an alternative cooking method in case the weather keeps you indoors. Purchase the oil, wood chips or charcoal.One week aheadDetermine how long the turkey will take to thaw. Calculate 24 hours of refrigerator thaw time for each 4.5 pounds of frozen turkey, or three and a half days for a 16-pound turkey. Place the frozen turkey, in the original wrapper, in a two-inch deep roasting pan in the refrigerator. Thaw the turkey with the breast down so the juices will flow into it. A thawed turkey can stay in the refrigerator for up to two days. Two days aheadMake pumpkin pies and cheesecake. Refrigerate desserts with custard-like ingredients. Pie crusts can be made ahead and baked the night before. Assemble casseroles. Sweet potato or green bean casseroles can be stored uncooked in the refrigerator and baked on Thanksgiving. For homemade stuffing, cook, cut and cube bread and place it in a single layer on a baking pan to dry.One day aheadMake sure the turkey is thawed. If not, use a cold-water method to speed the process. Remove the giblets and wing tips from the turkey and cook giblet turkey broth to use with the stuffing, dressing or gravy. Keep the turkey refrigerated at 40 degrees or colder until ready to cook.Buy salad greens and perishable vegetables. Wash, trim and cut vegetables on a clean cutting board. Wrap in damp paper towels and place in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator.Complete any remaining baking. Cover and store fruit pies at room temperature.Celebration dayPrepare stuffing for the turkey or for baking. Stuff the turkey loosely, allowing about three-quarters cup of stuffing per pound of turkey. Place extra stuffing in a baking dish and bake in the oven. After stuffing turkey, place it in a preheated oven at 325 degrees. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of the turkey and dressing. A whole turkey should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Check the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. The stuffing should reach 165 degrees, too, whether cooked inside the bird or in a separate dish. Put a foil tent over the turkey and allow it to rest for 25 minutes before carving.Make gravy. Preheat the gravy bowl with hot water so the gravy will stay hot. Begin cooking fresh vegetables one hour before the turkey is done. Boil and mash potatoes. Consider holding the warm mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. Remove cold desserts from the refrigerator and allow them to become room temperature.After the meal, place all leftovers into small portions and store in shallow containers in the refrigerator. Perishable foods should not stay in the temperature danger zone (between 40 degrees and 140 degrees) for more than two hours. The complete holiday checklist is available at www.holidayfoodsafety.org or at the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Facebook Web page.last_img read more