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(06/12/2013) Two new reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector are now available on the website of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)
Excellent data and analysis of the European aquaculture sector
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The programme is focused on supporting large-scale changes in assessment and feedback practice, supported by technology, with the aim of enhancing the learning and teaching process and delivering efficiencies and quality improvements. A final summary report is now available which highlights the main themes and lessons learnt from the first two years of the programme - 'Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transormation
This is a very useful report from the UK at a time when assessment and feedback practices are a major concern for students and staff
How ExamTime can Improve Learning
ExamTime is changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers. ExamTime has been developed to help students make studying more than just a mind exercise. It can be a “do” activity.
Learning is a lifelong endeavour. Students need to take responsibility for your learning. Through our platform, ExamTime empowers students to build best practices into their study habits – goal setting, personal learning styles, comprehension techniques, brainstorming, practice & testing and collaborative learning.
Students and teachers all around the world are creating Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes using ExamTime. The intuitive and easy to use tools in ExamTime allow users to create, discover and share study resources that can engage, inspire and endure. Plus, ExamTime is allowing teachers the freedom to easily form learning groups to share resources and conduct discussions.
When you are engaged in learning you are engaged in a development process requiring different tools. What we are focused on is building the right tools to enable you to get through the learning process. That’s why we call ExamTime a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).
Useful set of tools for traditional teaching and learning practices
The latest Aqua-tnet newsletter has been published on the Aqua-tnet website. It includes brief details of the latest workpackage meetings and an announcement concerning a training workshop in digital teaching skills to be held in June 2014. Other items include news from related projects and links to useful resources.
Don't miss this bumper pre-Christmas edition!
Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.
I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!
Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.
For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.
Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills, according to this report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation. The report defines digital badges as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. This report explores digital badges and how they can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all age.
Another new report on the development of digital badges.
Possible data for #oerrhub (badging)
ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. It identifies and categorises skills/competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training, in 25 European languages. The system provides occupational profiles showing the relationships between occupations, skills/competences and qualifications.
ESCO is the only European standard terminology linking skills and competences and qualifications to occupations and will be available free of charge to all labour market, education institutions and other stakeholders.
Aqua-tnet has been contributing to this!
Starting your first prezi is exciting—the blank canvas contains so much potential, creat...
We have taught several classes with Prezi and the students seem to love it. Anyone interested in a lesson?
10-13 June 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia
Developing human potential has been a persistent EU policy aim even in the recent years of economic crisis. Among the goals of the European Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Europe 2020, we find employment and innovation, featuring education as a major lever.
European education and training systems are often criticised for not properly responding to social needs, and even that employers, education providers, and youth live in parallel universes. Universities’ reputation often comes from the visible, high level relations with prestigious corporations. E-learning, as a system integrator, may help education providers and employers to actively step into one another’s worlds.
Workplace-based training supported by ICT tools is part of the solution to reduce skill shortages and mismatches. E-learning has become a dominant delivery method in learning settings at work across various sectors and a wide range of company sizes. Its advantages may be many, including flexibility, cost and time savings, and new work habits and improved working climate. ICT-enhanced learning may improve organisational performance and lead to increased staff commitment and the generation of new ideas.
E-learning is often used by companies to inform and educate not only their employees but also customers, as part of their branding and marketing strategy and activities. The conference will explore these themes and issues - call for papers open until 31 January 2014.
Looks a very interesting theme for next year's EDEN Conference - Call for papers now open.
The latest Aqua-tnet project newsletter has been published including a range of articles on topics relating to aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management education and training. There are also links to the Aqua-tnet events calandar and Education Gate Portal.
Please distribute this to your colleagues or student groups
American Institute for Research
New report examining the use of digital badges for adult learners
Artículo del uso de insignas o Badges en educación superior
Badges are becoming more and more usual in certain learning communities, specially those in non-academic environments. But this system for recognition is extending to many other realms. This report explores how and when to introduce them in a very specific area: adult learners.
Esta guía realizada por el centro tecnológico AZTI-Tecnalia (www.azti.es) pretende ser un manual de identificación rápida de las especies que aparecen en los caladeros del golfo de Bizkaia y que son explotados por las distintas flotas (con sus correspondientes modalidades de pesca), con puerto base en la Comunidad Autónoma Vasca. Por supuesto, no refleja todas las especies existentes en la zona sino sólo las que son accesibles a los distintos aparejos, redes y artefactos de pesca utilizados por dichas flotas. El objetivo primario de esta aplicación es servir de herramienta para una primera aproximación a la diversidad faunística que podemos encontrar a bordo tras las operaciones de pesca y, por lo tanto, no se limita a las especies que presentan un claro interés comercial, sino que tiene intención de recoger información sobre aquellas especies que no son objetivo de nuestros barcos pero que tienen un cierto interés comercial (bycatch) o que son descartadas en su totalidad por no ser aptas para su consumo o comercialización (descartes). Cada especie está presentada con una cabecera en donde figura el nombre oficial y el código FAO de la especie, el nombre científico, la foto y los nombres comunes si los hay, tanto en euskera como en inglés y francés. A continuación hay unas breves notas sobre la distribución, tanto geográfica como batimétrica y algunos datos sobre hábitat y biología (alimentación, crecimiento y reproducción). Se aportan, así mismo, algunas notas sobre los caracteres distintivos de la especie, la posible confusión y diferenciación con especies similares y el tipo de pesca en la que suele aparecer. Por último, se especifica si es una especie de interés comercial o no y en el margen derecho se presenta su posición taxonómica.
AZTI-Tecnalia has presented (for the moment only for Android terminals) ItsasFish, a new mobile application which aims to be a manual for the rapid identification of species found in the fishing grounds of the Bay of Biscay and which are fished by the various fleets (each with their mode of fishing) based in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country or Euskadi (the coast of the Basque provinces of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa). Of course, this does not reflect all the existing species in the zone but only those accessible to the various nets and other fishing gear used by these fleets. The technological centre is working on 80 new species records, which will be published successively on the application.
The main objective of this application is to act as a tool for an initial approach to the animal diversity that we can find on board after such fishing expeditions. Thus, it is not limited to species that have a clear commercial interest, but also aims to gather information on those species that, while not being the target of our fishing vessels, do have a certain commercial interest (bycatch) or are totally discarded as not being fit for human consumption or commercialisation (discards).
Each species is presented with a label providing its official name and the FAO code of the species, its scientific name in Latin, a photograph of it and its common names in Basque, English and French. Then there are some brief notes about its distribution, both geographic and bathymetric, and certain data on habitat and biology (feeding, growth patterns and reproduction). Also provided are notes about the distinctive features of the species, possible confusions that may arise and the how to differentiate from other, similar species, as well as the fishing mode with which it is normally caught. Finally, whether it is a species of commercial interest or not and its taxonomic position are specified.
Does this qualify as bilingual mobile learning?
Nice to see Spain at the forefront of technology and exploration!
More than 20 years of teaching and leading schools that rely on project-based learning (PBL), I have heard many untruths stated as "PBL gospel." These fallacies survive as myths that get in the way
Don't have time for project based learning? Bob Lenz tackles this and several other "excuses" for not taking this approach...
This course will introduce you to the primary phytoplankton in the water, along with those which give cause for concern. We’ll share how you can use that information to monitor your water, gauge when to harvest, and spot certain environmental factors that may lead to harmful algal blooms.Delivered by leading algae scientists from SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science), this course is a practical introduction from the specialist team that analyses water collected from the shellfish growing areas around Scotland for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Be prepared for practical laboratory sessions (and a few Latin names), as we want to ensure you have plenty of practical experience and leave knowing what to look for and how to look for it.
25-26th February 2014
Short course announcement
Creative Commons licenses provide a variety of legal frameworks for the sharing of intelectual property, including documents, photos, videos, music and other files. The new version 4 agreements are now available and this selection tool on the Creative Commons website is an easy way to select the right license for you and generate appropriate code for a website.
Sharing respectfully - creative commons licenses are the answer!
The 2013 Virtual Aquaculture Workshop held by the US Extension Service on Nov. 12-15 covered a wide variety of freshwater and mariine aquaculture topics. Via the link you will find recordings of the webinars, PDF copies of the presentations, and reference materials provided by the presenters.
This looks a great resource for information about aquaculture systems generally and particularly in USA.
The Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) toolkit is a toolkit of research methods and better management practices used in HighARCS (Highland Aquatic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Development), an EU-funded project with field experiences in China, Vietnam and India. It aims to communicate best practices in conserving biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services to potential users and to promote the wise-use of aquatic resources, improve livelihoods and enhance policy information.
This will be a useful resource for anyone teaching or learning in the field of aquatic resources
FEAP organised the 2nd edition of 'Aquaculture in Motion', Wednesday 6th of November in Le Méridien Hotel in Brussels. This year the event focussed on the ‘Strategic Guidelines for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture’ that were published by the European Commission in April 2013. These Guidelines aim to assist the EU Member States to define national targets while taking account of their circumstances, institutional arrangements and relative positions in terms of aquaculture activities. While the aims to promote aquaculture are intended to be achieved through a voluntary open process of coordination, it is also proposed, where appropriate, that common objectives be identified, alongside measurable indicators for progress.
In providing a focus on the need for quantified targets and relevant indicators, Aquaculture in Motion intends to stimulate the identification of Best Practice for the key performance indicators that need to be agreed as measures of progress and development. Moving European aquaculture forward with successful sustainable strategies was the target of this year’s Aquaculture in Motion.
Presentations from this conference are now available via the weblink. They provides some useful insights into the constraints and policy issues for European aquaculture development
Please help me build a comprehensive social media guideline database for higher education. If you have social media policies, guidelines, rules, tips, beliefs, strategies, or other documents that s...
If you are at all familiar with your organisation's policies and practices on the use of social media in higher education, please help Laura Pasquini from the University of Texas with her research.
Join our free webinar! December 5th, 2013, 2:00-2:30 p.m. EST Register now to join Tim Grooms and Darrin Honious for an informative overview of the YSI aquaculture monitoring and control system. We will cover product advancements that improve system performance, productivity and efficiency. Topics will include: • optical based dissolved oxygen • connectivity/networking options • automated feeding with YSI Feed Smart • data management with AquaManager and the AquaViewer App • alarming options Applications for M&C systems include tank-based/RAS commercial aquaculture, aquaculture research, live haul, public aquariums, algae culture and anyone interested in aquaculture monitoring and control technology to improve performance, productivity and efficiency. The live webinar will be recorded and you will receive a link afterwards to view the recording
A pre-Christmas treat for aqua-techies like me!
An educator's guide to open educational resources (OER), including online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open textbooks.
Useful starting point for exploration into OER, although mainly focused on school level education.
Education systems vary enormously across Europe. Eurydice's task is to understand and explain how they are organised and how they work in order to promote cooperation and mobility at European and international levels. Through this newsletter you will be regularly informed on Eurydice's publications and receive 'Focus on' articles on various topics from the world of European education.
You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/index_en.php
The annual report Education and Training Monitor presented every autumn by the Commission, sets out the progress on the ET 2020 benchmarks and core indicators, including the Europe 2020 headline target on education and training.
It illustrates the evolution of education and training systems across Europe, with a particular focus on the country-specific recommendations adopted in the field of education and training, and contributes to the analytical basis for the next European Semester.
It is accompanied by 28 individual country reports and an online visualisation tool
A very useful document for providing an overview of changes in European Education and Training provision and EU policy directions
29 October 2013, Rome – A new FAO publication calls for greater national and international efforts to bring agricultural biotechnologies to smallholder producers in developing countries. The publication, Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish, asserts biotechnologies can help smallholders to improve their livelihoods and food security.Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders covers 19 case studies in crops, livestock and fisheries, written by scientists and researchers worldwide. It describes the practical realities and experiences of taking biotechnology research and applying it in smallholder production of bananas, cassava, rice, livestock, shrimp and more, in different parts of the developing world
The Scottish Qualifications Authority, (SQA) has announced its intention to investigate the opportunities presented by an innovative approach to displaying individuals’ learning accomplishments online.
SQA is working in partnership with Mozilla, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the democratization of the web, to explore the benefits to learners that can be achieved through their Open Badges.
Mozilla’s Open Badges project intends to make it easy to earn, issue and display digital badges that recognise and communicate individuals’ skills and achievements.
The badge project infrastructure allows individuals to display their real-world skills and achievements in online environments – such as social media profiles – in way that may help with future career and education opportunities.
Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, said: “We believe Mozilla’s Open Badges project enables greater flexibility for learners to demonstrate their achievements. Open badges have the potential to allow individuals to display the accomplishments they make along each step of the learner journey, and receive recognition for a single skill or packages of learning that cover a number of skills in relation to a particular task.”
Joe continued: “SQA will work with Mozilla to explore how we can adopt Open Badges. We will encourage our partners to investigate how they could benefit from adopting open badges to support learners across Scotland in addition to the recognition we offer teachers and college lecturers through our CDP courses and training we will explore how we can integrate open badges into our certification processes.”
Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla, said: "We are really excited that SQA, as Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body, is actively exploring how best to implement Open Badges as a means to give learners and institutions the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and accomplishments through digital badges."
This is significant....A national qualifications authority taking Internet badges seriously...