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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing...

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Thoughtful and informative blog article from Saga Briggs - get your phone out and see what you can do with it!

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The iceberg model of OER engagement - The Ed Techie

The iceberg model of OER engagement - The Ed Techie | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to ever use the iceberg analogy... I've been pondering ways of thinking about open education awareness, and OER usage that might help shape OER policy. So here's one I want to try out....
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Open Educational Resources (OER) can help open up education and improve efficiency. A thoughtful insight from Martin Weller on how much use there is already without necessarily recognising it.  

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Infographic: 10 Years of Technology Trends in Online Learning

Infographic:  10 Years of Technology Trends in Online Learning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The linked  infographic which runs through the major developments in online learning over the last 10 years was researched by Academic Technologies staff Janet Hill and Ruth Martin, and designed by AT's Art Director, Mitsumasa Overstreet.  Thanks to OpenEducationEuropa for the link.

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter - June 2014

AQUA-TNET Newsletter - June 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The June edition of the Aqua-tnet Newsletter features news of the Annual meeting and Digital Teaching Skills Workshop held in Malta and the usual round-up of project news, educational resource links and dates for your diary.

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Open Badges : MOOC on New Currecy for Professional Credentials

Open Badges : MOOC on New Currecy for Professional Credentials | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Blackboard, Mozilla, Sage Road Solutions, and WCET have initiated an international discussion on the role of badges as a new currency of exchange for high value, post-secondary credentials for professionals. Using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format for this highly collaborative discussion, we are exploring the ecosystem for a new credential economy based on badges and requirements for adopting such an approach, including:

 

Expanded flexible learning opportunitiesAuthentic, evidence-based assessmentBadge accreditation and employer recognitionBadge system design and implementation strategiesInfrastructure, technology, toolsPolicy guidanceFunding
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Badges could be a very important ingredient in the emerging world of unbundled and personal post-secondary education.

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will provide transformational change in the relationship between the aquaculture industry, the research community and Government to overcome these issues and release Scotland’s potential. Investment in the SAIC will help transform aquaculture’s already substantial contribution to the Scottish economy, with many of the benefits concentrated in fragile rural communities. The Scottish Government has adopted industry targets for increased production. In the salmon industry alone, meeting these targets would contribute an additional £500 million to the Scottish economy per year. If we consider the wider sector, including trout, shellfish, supply chain and all supporting businesses, then the overall financial contribution to the Scottish economy could exceed £1 billion. SAIC will bring together the key players in this strategically important industry, focusing on removing current and future obstacles, creating wealth and long term employment.
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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation website launched today.

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Grieg Funds State of the Art UV Disinfection System to Aid Lumpsucker Cultivation | Aquaculture Directory

Grieg Funds State of the Art UV Disinfection System to Aid Lumpsucker Cultivation | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited has donated UK£25,000 (US$42,441.003) to the NAFC Marine Centre. This money will be used to purchase an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system that will treat the seawater supply at the Marine Hatchery.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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Good to see industry engaging with and supporting local research and learning organisations

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A new Eurobarometer survey on the 'European Area of Skills and Qualifications' (Special Eurobarometer 417) shows also that around a quarter (23%) of EU citizens feel that their education or training has not provided them with the skills to find a job in line with their qualifications. While over half of the respondents (56%) think their qualifications would be recognised in other Member States, 6% tried to work or study in another Member State but were unable to do so, either because their qualifications were not recognised by their prospective employer or education institution, or because the respondents lacked information about recognition of their qualifications abroad.


The survey's findings are echoed by the results of a separate Commission online consultation, 'Towards a European Area for Skills and Qualifications', aimed at education and training specialists. It collated views on the obstacles faced by people in having their skills and qualifications recognised across Europe and found that there is strong support for action to simplify European tools for recognition of skills and qualifications, to make them more coherent and easier to use, and to ensure a stronger focus on the needs of pupils, students, workers and employers. Respondents also call for more emphasis in education and training on what is learnt rather than the number of hours of instruction.

 

"Our objective is simple: everyone in Europe should be able to have their skills and qualifications understood and recognised, within and across national borders, by employers and educational institutions. They need to be recognised in a fair, comparable and transparent way, so that people's skills and qualifications improve their employability or open the way for further learning," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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Here's some background context for our discussions next week in Malta!

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The industry’s commitment to supporting scientific research to underpin growth and development is set to move ahead with the formal launch of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in June 2014.

 

Five years of funding for the SAIC have now been secured from the Scottish Funding Council, in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise and the aquaculture industry. The SAIC will bring thirteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions together with a large number of aquaculture businesses to support problem solving research specifically designed to deliver economic development.


The Centre will also focus on knowledge exchange and training.  All of the SAIC’s activities will promote collaboration between Scottish aquaculture businesses and the Scottish academic and research community.

 

 

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Looking forward to seeing this initiative up and running 

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4 Models of Social Workplace Learning

4 Models of Social Workplace Learning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Workplace Learning has traditionally been all about the "authoritative voice", that is it has been about experts telling employees what they need to know, and training them in the skills they need ...
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Great blog from Jane Hart giving a clear framework for understanding and supporting workplace learning

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The Future of Education | Florence, 12-13 June 2014

The Future of Education | Florence, 12-13 June 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The fourth Future of Education Conference starts in Florence, Italy today and aims at promoting transnational cooperation and sharing good practice in the field of innovation for Education.


Follow the links on the left of the homepage for abstracts and virtual presentations.

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I'm not just scooping this for the photo of Florence!

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Digital literacies and ecompetence | eLearning Papers Issue 38

Digital literacies and ecompetence | eLearning Papers Issue 38 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Digital literacy is crucial for being able to confidently and effectively use digital media for the purposes of work, learning and leisure. It consists of the ability to access digital media and ICT, to search, understand and critically evaluate different aspects of digital media and media contents, and to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. Without basic digital literacy, it is difficult to fully participate in society. This issue of eLearning Papers provides new documentation on research and practice to further the European endeavor of closing the digital divide. 

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What is "digital literacy" and how can it be taught or nurtured? This latest edition of eLearning Papers addresses these and other questions relating to digital literacy

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Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too is Key

Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too is Key | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
BANGLADESH - As USAID’s annual letter this year notes, in development it is no longer enough to teach a farmer to grow a new crop—or in this case, to fish. Our work isn’t done until we help a farmer learn to run a successful business too. This is precisely what is happening in Bangladesh, writes Dylan Butler, Information Officer, USAID Office of Food for Peace.
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elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

http://elearnmag.acm.org/


For any individual who does instructional design, the challenge falls in the process and the nuances of the process. With the proliferation of online education, the process calls for dynamic and speedy steps because often there is not enough time or resources to waste. However, this type of design process tends to focus more on the teaching than on the learning. The focus on teaching is how content is presented, rather than on how the course design achieves flow for the individual learner. Roderick Sims introduces in his book, Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching, the concept of design for learning—a way for designers to "conceptualize the development process from the learner's perspective rather than that of the content or the teacher." This concept makes the focus on the learning rather on the teacher or content.

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This looks like an interesting book, to help design online courses from the perspective of the learner rather than the instructor.

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What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Without professional development that can give teachers the full practical knowledge on the use of technology, you will not see technology being successfully integrated in the classrooms for better learning.


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Hopefully the recent Aqua-tnet Digital Teaching Skills Workshop was a useful start!

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Julia Echeverría's curator insight, July 24, 6:01 AM

Este artículo es realmente interesante.

Lo que los maestros quieren más que las nuevas tecnologías? Oportunidades PD Para aprender a usarlos con eficacia. Y me pregunto porqué no se forma a los formadores.

Paul's curator insight, July 24, 1:03 PM

Teachers need the time to try out new devices - this is essential for adoption of new technology in the school

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 29, 9:50 AM

Sure!

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Open Knowledge Festival 2014

Open Knowledge Festival 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

To create societies where everyone has both access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives, we must build knowledge into the heart of all of our activities. This is a big task which requires not just a global shift in mindset, but also that we build the tools and communities to make such a society possible. We invite you to join us from 15-17 July in Berlin for OKFestival 2014 as we consider how to translate Open Minds to Open Action.

 

This year, these conversations will be based around three narrative streams; Knowledge, Tools and Society. Each encompasses a broad range of open topics that the community is passionate about, and by building a programme around these three streams, instead of by topic, OKFestival allows for greater collaboration between attendees and shared progress across the entire open movement.

 

 

 
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This looks a good opportunity to explore the open knowledge movement

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Aquaculture in Canada: Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance

Aquaculture in Canada: Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Information about Canadian farmed seafood. The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) is a national association, headquartered in Ottawa, that represents finfish and shellfish farming companies, feed companies and suppliers, as well as provincial finfish and shellfish aquaculture associations.

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This looks a very good source of information for aquaculture course case studies.

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Ibrar Bhatt writes: "Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space. A curator, therefore, whether she is a journalist-by-proxy such as Popova or a student completing an assignment in a classroom, not only collects and interprets, but also creates a new experience with it. In this respect, curation is a process of problem solving, re-assembling,re-creating, and stewardship of other people’s writing." 


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For Aqua-tnet digital teaching skills  workshop - Social Networking

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lynnegibb's curator insight, July 25, 4:53 PM

This gave me plenty of food for thought and some new insights into the art of and purposes of curation

N Kaspar's curator insight, July 26, 7:39 AM

This would create an interesting twist or option to the practice of assigning an essay as completion of a unit or topic of study.

 

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 30, 6:59 AM

Curation of information for educational content and context: article worth reading

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EDEN 2014 - Keynote Slides

EDEN 2014 - Keynote Slides | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Keynote presentations from the 2014 EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) Conference held in Zagreb; made available via SlideShare.

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Catch up with some of the latest thinking in European distance and e-learning

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Aqua-tnet resource links | Diigo - Groups

Aqua-tnet resource links | Diigo - Groups | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Aqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management. The network is presently funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, running from 2011-2014 (www.aquatnet.com).
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Time for a quick reminder about our Aqua-tnet group on Diigo - join to share new web bookmarks or discuss web resources relevant to teaching and learning especially in the fields of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management.

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Mor, Yishay, Mellar, Harvey & Warburton, Steven (eds.) - Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology - 2014

Mor, Yishay, Mellar, Harvey & Warburton, Steven (eds.) - Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology - 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Education aspires to bring about change; whether to change individuals and societies, or to change knowledge, attitudes, and practices. The act of devising plans of activities, resources, and tools to achieve such change is an act of learning design. This book sets out to share design knowledge about the use of technology in teaching and learning, and to explore how we might best share this design knowledge amongst educators, but also between educators, researchers, and technology developers."


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This looks a very interesting collection of papers and open access too!

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Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission

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Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub

 

In this report policy recommendations for up calling creative classrooms are presented. Almost 150 experts participated in on line consultation and evaluated the 60 policy recommendations, that were collected at several stages of the project. The recommendations were clustered into seven dimensions presenting a holistic agenda for education reform: content and curricula, assessment, school staff professional development, research, organisation and leadership, connectedness and infrastructure. Policy on the EU level as well as on local, regional and school level should support agents of change in their mainstreaming and up-scaling innovative practices. The on-line consultation revealed the following dimensions as most important: school staff professional development, infrastructure and assessment. In general however, there was broad agreement that all the dimensions need to be addressed for further developing and mainstreaming ICT- enabled innovation for learning in Europe.

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This report from JRC is more focused on schools, but will still be of interest to teachers in further and higher education

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Open Access to research | EU Portal

Open Access to research | EU Portal | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The librarians in the EU Central Library created this portal to users find freely accessible results of scholarly research on the Internet.

 

More content is being added with the help of the librarians of Directorate General Research and Innovation and Open Access experts of Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

 

The portal presents a selection of Open Access search tools, gives examples of Open Access repositories, gathers the latest news on Open Access, and lists the latest Economics Papers by topic. There are also several linked portals including one for journal articles and research papers on education.

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A useful bringing together of resources and links to help people locate and use open access research.

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A useful bringing together of resources and links to help people locate and use open access research.

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The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A workforce-based initiative on a twin island nation shows the true potential of free online education.
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Errr..., no, this is exactly the kind of initiative I would expect !

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New teaching approach touted for engineering education - R & D Magazine

New teaching approach touted for engineering education - R & D Magazine | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Purdue University researchers who developed a new approach to more effectively teach large numbers of engineering students are recommending that the approach be considered for adoption by universities globally.

 

The system, called the Purdue Mechanics Freeform Classroom, allows students to interact with each other and faculty online while accessing hundreds of instructional videos and animations. It was pioneered by Charles Krousgrill, a professor of mechanical engineering, and has been used for more than two years in two mechanical engineering core courses with hundreds of students enrolled annually.

 

"Data analysis shows that the students are really engaging our materials, and it is having a marked effect on student performance," said Krousgrill, who is working with Jeffrey Rhoads an associate professor of mechanical engineering; Eric Nauman, a professor of mechanical engineering; and Beth Holloway, assistant dean for undergraduate education in Purdue's College of Engineering. "We'd really like to see this expand beyond the borders of Purdue and are working now to make it happen."

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Must keep an eye on this development...

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