tutorsloop.NET http://www.tutorsloop.net Manage Your Audience & Grow With Us Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:41:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 School-University research collaboration; Benefits and Challenges http://www.tutorsloop.net/school-university-research-collaboration-benefits-and-challenges/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:49:55 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/school-university-research-collaboration-benefits-and-challenges/ To revamp student achievements and efforts in decision making program regarding current and research-based information, School-University research collaboration presents one of the finest strategies. However, this equation isn\’t as much straightforward as it seems because of the contrast in organizational structures, values, objectives, prior collaborative experiences and consequently these factors have made it more challenging. The purpose of the article to configure all the structures, mechanisms, approaches, and conditions that have led to a successful collaboration and it also highlights the challenges that usually come across. The example of Pittsburg\’s school\’s partnership with local universities on research projects such as developing a curriculum or computational thinking, the creation of \”LeanLabs\” and to pursue the STEM fields by students to diversify access to universities, can interpret this collaboration benefits. One kind of collaboration between university and school is that where students are sent to schools for practice or in-service students staying at their own school works on the projects or on some occasions university staff is summoned to facilitate the school workshops or to supervise the projects. For instance, at Makerere University four avenues are sent to school for field attachment. In Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA) project materials, a qualitative based research paradigm was followed through a case study of this university. The central theme of this case study was to get a wealthy information on the small sample of academic staff, school teachers and administrators while addressing the research question of the study.

 

High school-university collaborative research for OKEON Chramori Project is also another bright example of understanding such research partnerships. OKEON strongly integrates the community institutions, OIST researchers, high schools and museums in its research collaborations all over the Okinawa. This win-win collaboration encourages a self-sustainable system.

The School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) initiated by Research Councils UK (RCUK) started in 2013, engaged young people with research clearly indicates that how teachers and university researchers work together to bring the research into the classrooms. The chief objective was to create structured, strategic, sustainable and equitable mechanisms for school-university engagement. To coordinate the SUPI network and to provide the support for the projects, the National Coordinating Center for Public Engagement (NCCPE) was appointed. This resource including researchers teachers and university staff proved to be great planning and talking tool to develop effective partnerships.

   

In terms of benefits, one conspicuous finding is by a closer working correlation, the academic staff and teachers have changed their teaching method and learners have alerted their learning practices. By the emphasis on collaborative, cooperative and group work, these findings are possibly encouraged in teachers training as an approach to active teaching and learning strategy. 

Another aspect that must be kept in account while addressing school-university partnerships is the challenges that come across in order to diagnose this research collaboration.  One expected factor is the lack of appropriate resources to run the necessary collaborative activities and this has been identified as the major challenge of the collaboration. Together with the government policies, the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program has small funding resources for school activities and thus it is not possible for a huge number of students (above 60 or 70 say) in schools to have proper quantities of learning materials. Another challenge is the time to fit collaboration activities into the busy schedule of the school teachers. The monitoring of the project to check on the school mentors may be troublesome if not planned adequately and this shortage of time can lead to many problems. In addition, minimum exposure of academic staff to TESSA materials and their low use cause another challenge. These challenges have revealed obstacles and barriers to university-school collaboration that hinder the growth of institutions and their physical and human resource. To cope with these challenges, adequate funds and resources must be ensured to sustain the activities associated with collaboration and time needs to be opened up for effective partnerships. 

]]> Wireless environment in Education, Pros & Cons http://www.tutorsloop.net/wireless-environment-in-education-pros-cons/ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/wireless-environment-in-education-pros-cons/ Blended learning classrooms, equipped with digital curriculum and other modern learning tools can better engage students and assist educators to be more effective. But they can also fabricate new challenges for both schools and their overtaxed IT teams. Existing technology urges to get more and more advantages by addressing wireless technology in classrooms. Anytime, anywhere it provides the students to remain within the range of their designated wireless base, they can use wireless accessories to access the internet from just about anywhere. Students can save valuable learning time when the technology comes to them. Also, it adds high comfort level for both students as well as teachers and diminishes the feeling of overwhelmed by big computers and complex network of wires around. 

For instance, Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Hawaii, developed a cloud-managed networking solution by increasing the bandwidth to support BYOD and 1:1 Chromebook programmes, consequently helps to save time and money in managing the network. The installation of Extremewireless and above 600 Wi-Fi access points (APs) at San Diego Community College, Calif, enable indoor/outdoor wireless coverage to more than 30 thousand students within all campuses anytime. 

 

According to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Broadband and network capacity are the top priorities for Primary education IT Administrators. Conducted in 2016, CoSN survey revealed that 90% of the K-2 IT administrators expect their curricula to be at least half digital in next three years. More than 12.6 million mobile devices were shipped to schools around the United States by last year. Wireless technology can support the institutional mission and provide cost-effective and reliable access to wireless broadband connections. By providing flexibility, collaborative training, dynamic interaction and adaptive architecture, Ad-hoc wireless network (One of the types) can solve various necessities in an educational territory where the challenges are swelling. Wireless classrooms need only the installation of the access points, which can be placed strategically throughout the building and can usually be installed without interruption of the regular classroom schedule. A fair example of McMinn County School System in Athens can illustrate the whole picture where they are developing end-to-end networking solution which supports more users per access point, and in turn, improving network performance by 97%. Similarly, with a new entirely unified network-including core switching and routing, the network of Nazareth College in Rochester is more resilient and able to handle a large amount of multicast IPV6 traffic generated by connected devices. 

Being so advantageous, this can have some worse points as well. A glance over some of its downsides can explain its better future. The lack of fixed infrastructure in wireless networks generates new research problems. Another downside of the digital learning is that just stick digital accessories in a classroom and expect the students to automatically enhance learning is not sufficient but they require trained, motivated and experienced mentors as well as supportive and flexible administrators. The foremost and elementary consideration for the use of technology in education is the way of its usage and training for both staff and students. For this, some mandatory terms and conditions for its use should apply. They should know their responsibilities and rights in its care and use. To put the whole above discussion in a nutshell, the use of technology is somewhat expensive and its implementation takes time and money, however, with this transition, the blended learning environment elevates the classroom for both teachers and their students. 

]]> Saving Students Money With Open Educational Resources http://www.tutorsloop.net/saving-students-money-with-open-educational-resources/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:53:18 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/?p=2770 Saving Students Money With Open Educational Resources


I hаvе been ѕоmеwhаt disingenuous аbоut my rationale fоr the trаnѕіtіоn аwау from trаdіtіоnаl tеxtbооkѕ. In mу dіѕсuѕѕіоnѕ about the importance оf thе move I always сіtе financial savings аѕ thе tор reason to move away from textbooks. Hоwеvеr, after ѕреndіng a lоt оf time thіnkіng аbоut mоvіng tоwаrdѕ Oреn Eduсаtіоnаl Rеѕоurсеѕ (OER) tо replace tеxtbооkѕ, I hаvе rеаlіzеd thаt ѕаvіng mоnеу is nоt at thе tор оf mу lіѕt оf rеаѕоnѕ tо mоvе аwау frоm these іtеmѕ that hаvе burdеnеd thе bасkѕ оf ѕtudеntѕ and thе budgets of school dіѕtrісtѕ for dесаdеѕ.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources

Dоn’t gеt me wrоng, I thіnk thаt the economics іnvоlvеd hеrе nееd tо bе dіѕсuѕѕеd. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, a new ѕосіаl ѕtudіеѕ tеxtbооk соuld соѕt $100 оr mоrе. Multiply thіѕ times 250 students аnd уоu аrе ԛuісklу looking аt a рrісе tаg оf $25,000 for оnе ѕеt оf tеxtbооkѕ. What іf wе ѕреnt hаlf, thrее-ԛuаrtеrѕ, or аll оf thаt amount to trаіn and соmреnѕаtе оur tеасhеrѕ to сrеаtе rеѕоurсеѕ to tаkе the рlасе оf tеxtbооkѕ? In my оріnіоn, thіѕ wоuld gіvе uѕ higher ԛuаlіtу rеѕоurсеѕ that we соuld rеvіѕе rеgulаrlу аnd mаkе them a ѕuѕtаіnаblе resource.

But bеуоnd thе clear economic аdvаntаgеѕ, ѕwіtсhіng аwау frоm third-party соntеnt allows us tо fulfіll a much grеаtеr рurроѕе. Thіѕ trаnѕіtіоn will hеlр uѕ mаkе thе сulturаl shift that іѕ necessary in our ѕсhооlѕ tо trulу prepare оur ѕtudеntѕ fоr thе rapidly сhаngіng lаndѕсаре beyond K-12 еduсаtіоn.

Fоr ѕоmе college ѕtudеntѕ, іt’ѕ a lіfе-аltеrіng choice: Buу textbooks for thе nеxt semester or рау rent, buу grосеrіеѕ and fill uр thе саr. An еxаggеrаtіоn? Nоt according tо these ѕtаtіѕtісѕ frоm a 2014 Unіvеrѕіtу оf Mаѕѕасhuѕеttѕ (Amhеrѕt) Library ѕtudу of іtѕ ѕtudеntѕ. Bесаuѕе оf hіgh tеxtbооk соѕtѕ:

• 53 реrсеnt of ѕtudеntѕ tооk a сlаѕѕ but dіdn’t buy thе tеxtbооk

• 23 реrсеnt drорреd a сlаѕѕ

• 24 реrсеnt tооk a different сlаѕѕ or сhоѕе a different mаjоr

Thе рrоblеm, according to Curtis Brundy, ISU аѕѕосіаtе unіvеrѕіtу lіbrаrіаn for scholarly соmmunісаtіоnѕ аnd collections, іѕ a lоt оf рublіѕhеrѕ pursue hіgh рrоfіtѕ аt thе expense оf cash-strapped ѕtudеntѕ.

“Textbooks саn bе a rеаl рrоfіt gеnеrаtоr for thеѕе соmраnіеѕ, and ѕtudеntѕ may hаvе nо сhоісе but tо buу thе book or nоt take thе сlаѕѕ,” Brundy ѕаіd.

Brundy said thе lіbrаrу and оthеr unіtѕ across саmрuѕ, including thе Cеntеr fоr Excellence in Learning and Tеасhіng (CELT) аnd thе ISU Bооk Stоrе, believe students соuld ѕаvе mоnеу thrоugh ореn еduсаtіоnаl rеѕоurсеѕ (OER). It’ѕ a concept that’s been catching оn with fасultу аt college саmрuѕеѕ thrоughоut thе соuntrу and Brundу hopes Iоwа State fасultу are rеаdу tо jump оn board.

Whаt іѕ OER?

OER аrе tеасhіng, learning аnd rеѕеаrсh rеѕоurсеѕ — primarily digital — that are іn the рublіс dоmаіn or have been rеlеаѕеd undеr аn іntеllесtuаl рrореrtу license fоr uѕе by оthеrѕ. In ѕоmе саѕеѕ, thе licensing allows mаtеrіаlѕ tо bе аdарtеd to fіt thе nееdѕ of a раrtісulаr сlаѕѕ. Or faculty саn create thеіr оwn OER mаtеrіаlѕ frоm ѕсrаtсh. Examples оf OER include соurѕе mаtеrіаlѕ, mоdulеѕ, streaming vіdеоѕ, tests, software, dіgіtаl tеxtbооkѕ оr anything thаt supports ореn access to learning.

OER mаtеrіаlѕ аrе available vіа ѕеvеrаl rероѕіtоrіеѕ, іnсludіng:

• Oреn Tеxtbооk Lіbrаrу

• OpenStax Cоllеgе

• OER Cоmmоnѕ

• MERLOT

Brundу ѕuggеѕtѕ fасultу browse thеѕе websites to get a sense оf аvаіlаblе rеѕоurсеѕ but admits current OER mаtеrіаlѕ don’t cover all асаdеmіс bаѕеѕ. And hе асknоwlеdgеѕ that, fоr іnѕtruсtоrѕ, rеvаmріng сlаѕѕ сurrісulum is time-consuming, somewhat соѕtlу and just рlаіn hard wоrk.

“The rеаѕоn ѕоmе folks mіght wаnt tо go wіth a commercial textbook іѕ thаt іt gеtѕ уоu uр and running,” Brundy said.

But, hе аddеd, “In ѕоmе сlаѕѕеѕ, fасultу mау bе аblе tо рull tоgеthеr some rеѕоurсеѕ that lеаd tо a better learning еxреrіеnсе fоr the students.”

OER hаѕ саught thе аttеntіоn of ISU’ѕ Studеnt Gоvеrnmеnt, whісh may соnѕіdеr a rеѕоlutіоn lаtеr thіѕ fаll to request mоrе faculty tо use OER.

“In a сlіmаtе whеrе thе соѕt of hіghеr еduсаtіоn соntіnuеѕ to soar, anything wе саn dо to іnсrеаѕе ассеѕѕіbіlіtу and mаkе соllеgе more affordable іѕ аn initiative wоrth tаkіng оn,” ѕаіd Cоdу Wеѕt, Student Gоvеrnmеnt рrеѕіdеnt.

A ѕtudу оn early returns оf аn effort tо еxраnd thе use оf open educational rеѕоurсеѕ аt соmmunіtу colleges found thаt ѕtudеntѕ at the participating іnѕtіtutіоnѕ аrе ѕаvіng, on average, $134 реr соurѕе, аnd at least 76,000 ѕtudеntѕ wіll еnrоll in соurѕеѕ using frее materials durіng thе thrее-уеаr initiative.

“Our hоре is to rеduсе thе соѕt оf education ѕо [students] can speed uр tіmе to dеgrее completion,” ѕаіd Mісhаеl Mills, vісе рrеѕіdеnt оf e-learning, innovation аnd tеасhіng еxсеllеnсе аt Mоntgоmеrу Cоllеgе іn Maryland, whісh іѕ раrtісіраtіng іn thе іnіtіаtіvе.

Thе study, Lаunсhіng OER Degree Pаthwауѕ, ѕurvеуеd community соllеgеѕ іn Achieving thе Drеаm’ѕ OER Dеgrее Inіtіаtіvе, a $9.8-million еffоrt lаunсhеd іn mid-2016 thаt’ѕ dеѕіgnеd tо hеlр remove fіnаnсіаl rоаdblосkѕ thаt оffісіаlѕ say саn dеrаіl ѕtudеntѕ’ рrоgrеѕѕ аѕ wеll as dеgrее аnd сеrtіfісаtе соmрlеtіоn.

For thе rероrt, SRI Intеrnаtіоnаl and rрk Grоuр соntасtеd more thаn 400 faculty members, аnd conducted 43 рhоnе іntеrvіеwѕ with instructors, аdmіnіѕtrаtоrѕ and ѕuрроrt service ѕtаff асrоѕѕ a brоаd rаngе of disciplines at 15 оf thе 38 раrtісіраtіng community colleges in 13 ѕtаtеѕ.

Thе faculty mеmbеrѕ and staff whо participated іn thе ѕurvеу ѕtаtеd that cost ѕаvіngѕ, rаthеr thаn improved оutсоmеѕ, wаѕ the сhіеf bеnеfіt оf OER. Kаrеn Stout, рrеѕіdеnt аnd CEO of Aсhіеvіng thе Dream, which rерrеѕеntѕ 200 іnѕtіtutіоnѕ, said tеxtbооk аnd mаtеrіаl соѕtѕ fоr twо-уеаr соllеgе students саn bе аѕ lоw аѕ 20 реrсеnt аnd аѕ high аѕ 60 реrсеnt of thе learners’ tоtаl education costs.

At Mоntgоmеrу Cоllеgе, 3,400 students іn 200 zero-cost sections ѕаvеd аbоut $340,000 durіng thе ѕрrіng semester, Mіllѕ said, аddіng that 96 percent of thе lеаrnеrѕ еnrоllеd оn thе fіrѕt day оf сlаѕѕеѕ wеrе still enrolled at thе end of thе ѕеmеѕtеr. The соmmunіtу соllеgе expects to offer 300 zero-cost ѕесtіоnѕ this fall to about 4,000 students.

“Our fасultу mеmbеrѕ see the vаluе оf saving ѕtudеntѕ mоnеу,” Mіllѕ ѕаіd. “For mаnу fасultу, thеу’vе hаd enough of textbook рublіѕhеrѕ сhаrgіng ѕtudеntѕ $250 a bооk.”

Bеѕіdеѕ соѕt savings, 84 реrсеnt оf thе іnѕtruсtоrѕ ѕurvеуеd ѕаіd thаt ѕtudеntѕ іn thе courses utіlіzіng OER hаd thе ѕаmе оr a hіghеr lеvеl оf еngаgеmеnt wіth thе mаtеrіаlѕ аѕ students in соurѕеѕ tаught with traditional textbooks. Stоut аddеd: “OER not only hаѕ thе promise of improving ѕtudеnt еngаgеmеnt, but іt also can ѕраrk mоrе dуnаmіс аррrоасhеѕ to teaching.”

Whіlе mоrе than half оf thе іnѕtruсtоrѕ іn thе ѕurvеу hаd nо experience uѕіng OER, 83 реrсеnt hаd tаught online аnd hуbrіd соurѕеѕ thаt mаdе use оf dіgіtаl rеѕоurсеѕ. Tор reasons іnѕtruсtоrѕ gave fоr bеіng involved іn thе OER іnіtіаtіvе wеrе personal interest (80 percent), encouragement frоm a dераrtmеnt сhаіr or an administrator (55 percent), a ѕtіреnd (29 реrсеnt) аnd recommendations frоm соllеаguеѕ (27 percent).

“Thаt was a lіttlе ѕurрrіѕіng thаt other factors wеrе of hіghеr mоtіvаtіоn than thе stipend,” Stоut ѕаіd.

As a result оf thеѕе аnd оthеr еxреrіеnсеѕ, 71 реrсеnt of thе іnѕtruсtоrѕ ѕurvеуеd ѕаіd they аrе vеrу оr somewhat lіkеlу tо рrоmоtе OER uѕе tо colleagues. “For thіngѕ tо move fоrwаrd wіth OER, fасultу hаvе tо bе аt the center,” Stоut said.

Mіllѕ noted that Mоntgоmеrу College іnѕtruсtоrѕ are using frее OреnStаx mаtеrіаlѕ, whісh аrе рееr rеvіеwеd, but thаt they wоuld hаvе сhаllеngеd thе ԛuаlіtу оf OER juѕt a fеw years аgо.

]]> APPLYING FOR STUDIES IN THE UNITED STATES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW http://www.tutorsloop.net/applying-for-studies-in-united-states-what-you-need-to-know/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:05:31 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/?p=2777  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR STUDIES IN THE UNITED STATES


Many students who are seeking an education in the United States have no idea how to apply to a school in the United States, there are certain things to look out for and do when you start applying to a university in the United States. The first and most important task for prospective students is to make research and make choices about universities and courses of your choice, finding the best schools is not a problem as you will also find out how to look for the best and major schools before you finish reading this.

Studying in the United States

International Students

 

But as a student who aspires to study in the United States, you should carry out research on the school of your choice, know the various programs that are available for study and which one is your preferred choice.

 

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR RESEARCH:

After you have selected your universities and course of your choice it is time for a careful assessment, check the universities requirements against your qualifications, is your English language high enough for the chosen course? Do you have the right and valid certificate, most American colleges require your SAT results and so your result has to be good for you to be considered, however, if you do not come from an English speaking country or a country that uses English as its predominant language, you have to take a course in English language before you can get a place in the American university, therefore you need to take the IELTS tests (The International English Language Testing System). It is important to start preparing for the exams early on so that you don’t have to rush when you discover that your application deadline is drawing near. You can go with the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS tests. If you are going with a postgraduate course you can take the GRE test (The Graduate Record Examination) usually you should have completed this test a year before you intend to start your university and in most cases, it is within the month of August. Ensure that you have passed all necessary requirements so you don’t get turned down by the school.

 

APPLY FOR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM:

when you have completed the task of making your documents and tests results if need be ready, then you can now proceed to fill the online application form, the fee is not all that expensive it should be within the range of 40 to 100 dollars, ensure that you meet the application deadline, in most schools in the united states their application stops between January and March. In case you mail your application ensure that has been received by the school. Your application form will include essays, transcript of academic results and the SAT results and financial statements. You have to wait for the school to get back to you. In some cases, it might take four weeks or even more, it depends on the school or course. But after that when you get a message from the school like “congratulations, you have received a special offer” then you can proceed with payment of tuition fees and submitting your IELTS, TOEFL, OR GRE results. Then you should start applying for a visa.

 

APPLY FOR VISA:

You can now proceed to apply for your visa, there are three types of visas, the F-visa is for those who want to study academics or learn English or any other language at the school or institution. These visas are mostly for students planning on attending elementary school, middle school, or high school. The M-visa is for those who want to get an education for a career or to get into vocational studies. M visas are usually for those who are attending technical schools, colleges or universities while the J1 visa is for those who want practical training, so you choose the category you fall into and apply. You must have already been called up by a university when you start your visa application.

Studying in the United States

International Students

 

You can spend the time you have left to learn about the United States, its culture, and lifestyle while you await your traveling.

 

USEFUL RESOURCES FOR SELECTING THE BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES:

When it comes to choosing the best schools there are factors you need to put in consideration, let’s talk about resources that will help you choose a prestigious school in the United States.
Private educational advising agencies: There are many countries that have the private educational agencies but it will require a fee for their service, usually this is an affordable fee, in most cases some are free however, this organization have all the necessary information that you will need, they can show the best universities and they always have a good rapport with those major universities abroad, they can help you in pursuing the school that interests you and help you with application process and visa.
The internet: The internet is also a good way to search for valuable information about the school of your choice and knowing which schools are the best for you.
With all these, put in place, you will surely get an admission into the school of your choice in the United States. You can also check these necessary links for top universities and get to know more about the schools.

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) mainly for students who are hoping to study technical subjects or courses  (Tip: check out their free online courses)
DePaul University 
Harvard University 
Northwestern University 
Stanford University 
DeVry University 

If you want more information of top universities you can always check this website https://www.topuniversities.com

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Live Chat Plugin For WordPress http://www.tutorsloop.net/live-chat-plugin-for-wordpress/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:24:28 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/live-chat-plugin-for-wordpress/ Most of the self-hosted WordPress websites particularly the ones selling something, provide the online chat option on their front page. The biggest cause to have such an option (plugin) is to assist the website\’s visitors in terms of all those required information that may not present there. With the professionals of their website in real time as long as someone is present there for online chat it helps to engage the audience and website visitors, eventually increases the sales.

It also helps others on some cause even there is nothing to sell because it may still a good idea to have online support on your website.

Live Chat By OggFlow

When someone wishes to have an online chat option, question arises
                                                                                             What is the best live chat Plugin for WordPress?

It is somewhat a hard question to answer because there are tons of Plugins, probably hundreds or so. Each one has its own advantages but when there is need to pick up the best one, the OggFlow live chat plugin gets more attention.  Being a powerful customer service suite with 3rd party integrators to email and social networks, it provides the team collaboration and Email ticketing. It is the combination of several softwares, which include Liva Chat, Customer service, Emails, Facebook feeds, Social media, Ticketing etc.  For one member, the live chat widget for OggFlow is always free.

How To Configure the Live Chat Plugin

It needs an OggFlow account. If you do not have account you can easily sign up at www.oggflow.com 
OggFlow offers 30 days premium trail. After this, the first member is always free. Following steps clear the picture of using and installing this Plugin.
1- After signing up the OggFlow account, log in to WordPress Admin and search for the plugin \”oggflow\” and install it.
2- Copy the Chat widget key from the OggFlow live chat section under general settings under general settings in your OggFlow account to the plugin.

How to Setup Gmail Forward to OggFlow

You can setup dedicate Gmail folders from your account to automatically sync to OggFlow. Respond to customer service inquires directly from OggFLow. In OggFlow, select Gmail under the connectors section and follow the instructions.

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GMap Shortcode http://www.tutorsloop.net/gmap-shortcode/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:41:48 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/gmap-shortcode/ Whether you want your website visitors to access to interactive content that you would otherwise not be able to provide them with, to add the location or direction to your organization or you want to offer a visual representation of your business, Google map (GMap) is a powerful and an effective way to get users interested in staying at your destination. It is also helpful to engage the visitors better and creating an interface that is visually rich consequently urge the visitors to interact with you.

Being customizable, these maps are developed to change the several properties as per user’s preferences. GMap Shortcode” is open source software.

How to embed GMap Shortcode

In order to add a map to a page on your website, you simply need to embed the GMap Shortcode.It is not a herculean task at all even a beginner can easily do it. Just copy and paste the shortcode shown to the far right end in the list of your Maps on the Post or Page where you want to display your Map as illustrated in the following image.

In order to join multiple maps into one map, the Map Mashup gives the better way. Following example shows the shortcode for a Map Mashup will look something like this:

                                                                    wpgmza id=\”2\” mashup=true mashup_ids=\”2,3\” parent_id=\”2\”

 

To join multiple maps into one map,  the IDs of all Maps are included if you want to “mashup” in a comma-separated list. The parent_id indicates the specific map from which the map settings will be drawn for the Map Mashup.

How to Adjust Height/Width

To vary the dimensions, certain parameters needed to be changed in the code like,

                                                                           [gmap_mc lat=”LATITUDE” long=”LONGITUDE” width=”600″ height=”250″]

                                                                    

Width and height are optional but to change the dimensions the required parameters are the Latitude and Longitude. The paramter \”mapwidth\” is used to adjust the zoom factor.

To Enable/Disable directions

If there is a need to use the Map without directions or with directions on a specific Post or Page, the \”enable directions\” parameter needs to be included in the shortcode which further allows its users to enable directions by typing “enable_directions=’1’ \” or disable directions by just turning 1 into zero as “enable_directions=’0’”

 

After doing the certain cahnges and adjustments to your shortcode, Publish the page/post and you will see the map!

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What is Footer and Footer Widget Area http://www.tutorsloop.net/what-is-footer-and-footer-widget-area-2/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:12:54 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/what-is-footer-and-footer-widget-area-2/ By using WordPress theme, someone usually wants to add information like copyright notices, links to privacy policy, links to pages like sponsors page, advertising page, contact page, credits or after loading the rest of the web page content, the WordPress theme developer may also want to insert code and scripts. To cope with all these above-mentioned issues, in the template file footer.php, the footer area of the website is usually defined. In the web design terminology, the term Footer refers to the bottom section of the web page as the name suggests. To hold those plenty of contents, there should be enough space in the footer widget area.

Another term footer widget area is used which has the same sense as the Footer. But there is a slight difference between these terms. The section above the footer that contains widgets or boxes(referred by users) is termed as footer widget area. Every particular theme defines the number of boxes in a footer widget area.

How To work with Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area

With the help of pre-built or other widgets, WordPress plugin named as Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area allows its users to create own footer section/areas of their website ranging from 1 to 7 depending on the needs to their themes. For the purpose of easiness, it also assists its users for the set of pre-built widgets. The key features for this plugin include,

The key features for this plugin include,

  • It can be used with most of the themes
  • Credibility Footer Options
  • Custom styles (margin, padding and border)
  • Few set of pre-built widgets
  • Easy plugin for theme developer
  • Footer layout design
  • Footer column custom define from backend
  • Third party widget can be added

The widget area can be manually selected in the settings section after installation.

 

The Layout section

The Backend Footer Design Setting and Backend Layout Setting can be adjusted by clicking the Layout button. The following screenshots illustrate the process for design and layout settings.

Backend Footer Design:

The following diagram shows the backend footer design adjustment.

Frontend Display of Footer Design:

The frontend display of Footer Design is illustrated by the following image.

 

Installation Instructions:

After downloading the Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area plugin via https://wordpress.org/plugins/podamibe-simple-footer-widget-area/advanced/  follow the instructions below

Unzip simple-footer-widget-area.zip

Upload all the files to the /wp-content/plugins/simple-footer-widget-area

Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

For customizing the plugin’s settings, click on Settings menu in WordPress left admin menu and click on SFWA Setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Footer and Footer Widget Area http://www.tutorsloop.net/what-is-footer-and-footer-widget-area/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:12:06 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/what-is-footer-and-footer-widget-area/ By using WordPress theme, someone usually wants to add information like copyright notices, links to privacy policy, links to pages like sponsors page, advertising page, contact page, credits or after loading the rest of the web page content, the WordPress theme developer may also want to insert code and scripts. To cope with all these above-mentioned issues, in the template file footer.php, the footer area of the website is usually defined. In the web design terminology, the term Footer refers to the bottom section of the web page as the name suggests. To hold those plenty of contents, there should be enough space in the footer widget area.

Another term footer widget area is used which has the same sense as the Footer. But there is a slight difference between these terms. The section above the footer that contains widgets or boxes(referred by users) is termed as footer widget area. Every particular theme defines the number of boxes in a footer widget area.

How To work with Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area

With the help of pre-built or other widgets, WordPress plugin named as Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area allows its users to create own footer section/areas of their website ranging from 1 to 7 depending on the needs to their themes. For the purpose of easiness, it also assists its users for the set of pre-built widgets. The key features for this plugin include,

The key features for this plugin include,

  • It can be used with most of the themes
  • Credibility Footer Options
  • Custom styles (margin, padding and border)
  • Few set of pre-built widgets
  • Easy plugin for theme developer
  • Footer layout design
  • Footer column custom define from backend
  • Third party widget can be added

The widget area can be manually selected in the settings section after installation. 

The Layout section

The Backend Footer Design Setting and Backend Layout Setting can be adjusted by clicking the Layout button. The following screenshots illustrate the process for design and layout settings.

Backend Footer Design:

The following diagram shows the backend footer design adjustment.

Frontend Display of Footer Design:

The frontend display of Footer Design is illustrated by the following image.

 

Installation Instructions:

After downloading the Podamibe Simple Footer Widget Area plugin via https://wordpress.org/plugins/podamibe-simple-footer-widget-area/advanced/  follow the instructions below

Unzip simple-footer-widget-area.zip

Upload all the files to the /wp-content/plugins/simple-footer-widget-area

Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

For customizing the plugin’s settings, click on Settings menu in WordPress left admin menu and click on SFWA Setting.

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Why and when we plug BuddyPress in? http://www.tutorsloop.net/why-and-when-we-plug-buddypress-in-4/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:47:46 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/why-and-when-we-plug-buddypress-in-4/ A robust, sophisticated and modern social plugin which allows its users to registered members to create profiles, have private conversations, make connections, create & interact with groups, and much more. Truly a social network in a box, BuddyPress helps you more easily build a home for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community. It is uncomplicated, easy to use and moreover an extensible tool. It is basically a content management system and provides multiple features to its users. Free and premium themes can be used for BuddyPress but anyone can also design a custom theme according to their taste or interest.
                                                                 
                                                                    

How to plug BuddyPress in?

After purchasing a domain name and installing WordPress, the BuddyPress plugin can be downloaded from the link \”https://buddypress.org\” can be easily added to the site to enhance the extensivity and performance. In your site administration section, go into “Plugins”, click “Add New”, search “BuddyPress”, and follow the steps to install. The next step to move forward is to add a suitable theme and after that, the customization and design are needed simply.

                                                      

Activating BuddyPress Components

Click on the button \”Set Up Components\” in the welcome screen or go to Settings > BuddyPress and select the Components tab.

                                                                    

The plenty of options can be adjusted according to one\’s need and can be added to them at a later date if the user decides to extend community’s scope.

Installing a Theme

To add a theme Go to Appearance > Themes and click the Add New button. Type spacious into the search box to see the theme displayed as the following image can help you understanding with this. Followed by the Activate link, click the install button to install and activate the theme.

                                                                     

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How to use Woo Installments? http://www.tutorsloop.net/how-to-use-woo-installments/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:24:29 +0000 http://www.tutorsloop.net/how-to-use-woo-installments/ This  tutorial is about WordPress Plugin Woo Installments.

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