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How to use this Learning Station

On this Learning Station, you can read and test your knowledge. Tap on a book to open its chapter list. In each chapter, you can take a quiz to test your knowledge.

To take tests, you must register with your email address or cell number. It is free to register and to take tests.

For help email info@bettercare.co.za or call +27 76 657 0353.

Printed books and CPD points

Learning is easiest with printed books. To order printed books, email info@bettercare.co.za or call +27 76 657 0353.

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Checklists

Contents

Before the first group meeting

☐ Identify needs for training at your institution.
☐ Decide which need is the most urgent (you can get input from other staff members here).
☐ Choose an appropriate Bettercare course.
☐ Draw up a training budget.
☐ Get stakeholder buy-in.
☐ Advertise the course.
☐ Hold a preliminary information session about the Bettercare course you will run.
☐ Sign up group members (about 5–10) and get their contact details.
☐ Organise how you will read the books (online for free or order print versions).
☐ Contact everyone to say when and where the first official meeting will be held.
☐ Start a ‘Facilitator’s File’ (a flip-file is an easy and neat option) where you keep copies of templates, notes and important documents.

At the first group meeting

☐ Let group members introduce themselves.
☐ Introduce and discuss what decentralised learning means.
☐ Make group rules that everyone agrees with.
☐ Establish goals that everyone shares.
☐ Explain how the learning programme works.
☐ Explain your role in the group (not a teacher, but a facilitator).
☐ Decide how, when and where future group meetings will happen.
☐ Decide if you will write the exam at the end of the course (you can change your mind).
☐ Choose a treasurer (who will monitor the budget and finances).

Before every group meeting

☐ All group members must read the relevant chapter.
☐ Create the lesson plan (see Chapter 4: How to run a Bettercare group).
☐ Make sure you have all the resources you need for the meeting.
☐ Organise someone to demonstrate the skill if needed.
☐ Send out a reminder SMS to all group members of session venue and time.

At group meetings

☐ Discuss difficult sections of the chapter you have all studied the previous week.
☐ Go through the chapter case studies.
☐ Have a demonstration and discussion of the relevant skill.
☐ Everyone does the post-test for the chapter you have studied and discussed.
☐ Everyone marks and records the pre- and post-tests.
☐ Everyone completes the pre-test for the next chapter.

After completing the chapters

☐ Decide who will write the exam (including yourself).
☐ Email exams@bettercare.co.za to request as many exams as you need.
☐ If you will be writing the exam, organise an exam invigilator.
☐ Write the one-hour, 75-question exam.
☐ Notify Bettercare of the participants’ results.
☐ Receive certificates.
☐ If 50% of your group are successful in the exam, you will receive a facilitator’s certificate.
☐ Arrange a certificate handover ceremony if possible.
☐ Take a group photo and send to info@bettercare.co.za.