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AQUA-TNET Digital Teaching Skills Workshop - Materials, Report & Interviews

AQUA-TNET Digital Teaching Skills Workshop - Materials, Report & Interviews | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A set of interviews recorded at the AQUA-TNET Digital Teaching Skills Workshop in June 2014 are now available on the project website together with most of the materials used in the workshop and an overall report on the event.

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Thanks to Clive Dove for producing the latest audio contribution to this record of the event.

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Providing opportunities: Government to train fish farmers

Providing opportunities: Government to train fish farmers | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Fish farming is a very attractive and profitable business, which can provide a suitable income to farmers besides creating, job opportunities and help in production of white meat

 

This was stated by Rawalpindi Assistant Director Fisheries (Training) Shaista Waqar while finalising arrangements of the six-day fisheries training course to be conducted by the Punjab Department of Fisheries. 

 

She informed that the training course, titled ‘Latest Aquaculture Techniques’, will commence from November 17 at the Fisheries Training Sub Centre, Rawal Town, Islamabad. “This course will provide better understanding of aquaculture which will enable fish farmers to improve production,” she said. 

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Workshop: Innovative Use of Video in Higher Education

Workshop: Innovative Use of Video in Higher Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Video is everywhere today: it has entered our lives, transforming the way we live, work, learn, communicate and play. In education, video can be found at the heart and the helm of some of the most innovative trends in higher education: to achieve deeper learning during face-to-face time, as primary part of content in distance and blended learning situations, especially in MOOCs. This one day workshop aims to bring together some of the most innovative practitioners involved in providing video services in European Higher Education Institutions to discuss and exchange experiences, to highlight collective challenges and to explore opportunities for collaboration. It builds on the successful workshops held on lecture capture in Leuven in 2012 and 2013 prior to the Media & Learning Conference.

 

This full day pre-conference event is organised by the Media & Learning Association SIG on Video in Higher Education in association with the new SIG Media & Education from SURFnet in the Netherlands which brings together the previous work of the WEBstroom and Weblectures SIGs.

 

Location: Ministry of Education and Training, Brussels
19 November 2014, 10:00 - 17:15

Cost: €75 + VAT

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A few places left at this workshop for anyone able to attend next week.

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IRRODL Vol 15, No 5 (2014) - Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses

IRRODL Vol 15, No 5 (2014) - Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Vol 15, No 5 (2014)

Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses
Guest Editor: George Siemens 


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This looks a very interesting set of papers for all keen followers of MOOC trends and developments.

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This special issue reflects the research questions and methodologies deployed by MOOC researchers over the past year and represents the current front line evaluation of how open online courses are impacting education.

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Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer

Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

There is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers in all advanced industrialised economies. Although most jobs require occupation-specific skills to carry them out, it is widely recognised that generic skills are ever more needed by job seekers, to increase job opportunities and maintain employability; this applies to all sectors of the economy, from selling cars to undertaking marine research. Several recent European Union strategy documents emphasise the importance of generic skills. However, the apparent mismatch between the skills sets that employers seek and that job seekers offer remains a major challenge. This paper focuses on perceptions of and attitudes to generic skills training for university graduates intending to gain employment in aquaculture, fisheries or other marine sectors and presents the results of a survey administered to academics, industry representatives, students (at different stages of their academic career) and graduates. The various respondents regarded most of the 39 generic skills under investigation as important, with none classified as unimportant. However, students undertaking different types of degree (i.e. B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) prioritized different generic skills and the level of importance ascribed to generic skills training increased as students progressed in their university careers. On the other hand, university staff and other employers were fairly consistent in their choice of the most important generic skills. We argue that there remains a need to place generic skills and employability attributes and attitudes at the centre of the higher education curriculum.

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Another great and timely output from the AQUA-TNET project (sorry I'm biased...!)

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Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop - Nov. 4-8 - Apopka, FL

Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop - Nov. 4-8 - Apopka, FL | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop is a 4.5-day workshop that covers every aspect of commercial aquaponics, from system design to plant and fish production to marketing and economics. You’ll get hands-on ins
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Aquaculture Sales Workshop | Aquaculture Directory

Aquaculture Sales Workshop | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Internet is becoming increasingly important as an inexpensive marketing tool, but many US fish farmers are hesitant to use electronic media. The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) and Connecticut Sea Grant are offering an intensive four-hour workshop, “Using the Internet to Grow Aquaculture Sales”.

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Is there any interest in this kind of workshop from producers elsewhere in the world? 

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ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists

ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

13 - 16 October 2014,
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
Application Deadline: 29 September 2014

 

Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises, with stakeholder processes and engagement with SMEs considered a priority. In this changing professional context, gaining relevant research skills is becoming a necessity.   Increasingly, natural scientists work with others, in our case, fishers; collaborating, communicating, and participating together to increase the knowledge base and policy relevance of our work. A consequence of this is a need for more targeted training in social science research methods, such as interviewing, observing, and mapping. This course will have a "learn by doing" set up. The facilitators provide guidance on the basics of the methods while participants develop their confidence in using them. Background information (such as the epistemology and ontology of the social sciences) and the underpinning social science theory will also be discussed for participants to learn more.

 

Objective 

Through gaining new skills, participants will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, as well as having a better appreciation of the strengths of social sciences in fisheries research.

Level

It is assumed that scientists have a natural science background, have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects, working with stakeholders or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required.

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This looks a very useful course for fisheries scientist who need to know more about social science research methods and stakeholder engagement

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Singapore Course – Introduction to Aquaculture 6-7th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses

Singapore Course – Introduction to Aquaculture 6-7th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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Lobster Academy now enrolling | Aquaculture Directory

Lobster Academy now enrolling | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Now enrolling for the September 29th – October 2 session of Lobster Academy™ (based in St Andrews, New Brunswick right over the Maine, USA border.)

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Technology for Novel Fish Feeds - Short Course

Technology for Novel Fish Feeds - Short Course | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Are you ready for an update on the theoretical and practical aspects of fish feed manufacturing process? Then the Technology for novel fish feeds course might be something for you. In this course you will take advantage of the wide knowledge basis gathered in the ARRAINA consortium, and using SPAROS pilot-scale feed technology platform.
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This should be an excellent course in the beautiful town of Olhão, Algarve, Portugal

 

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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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Eurydice Report: Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe 2014

This is the second report in a series following the evolution of the modernisation agenda for higher education in Europe, following a 2011 report on funding and the social dimension. It examines policy
and practice related to the student experience of higher education through three stages: access, which requires awareness of the offer of higher education, the requirements to be admitted, and the process
of admission; progression through the study programme, including support that may be provided when problems are encountered; and the transition from higher education into the labour market.

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Very interesting overview on how Higher Education Institutions are responding to policy objectives across Europe

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MAGAZINE: Aquaculture Scoop - December 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of Aquaculture Scoop. In this issue we take a look at Risk Management in Aquaculture. We learn about Site and Equipment Safety courtesy of Gael Force Group and ground breaking innovation in Mooring Systems from Mørenot. We also look at interesting information on water quality technologies and feature a story on best practice for Aquaculture Sustainability.


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This is one for my current students! - especially mooring systems and risk management...

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European Parliament Report: Implications of a larger EU aquaculture sector

European Parliament Report: Implications of a larger EU aquaculture sector | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This report, authored by staff of the European Aquaculture Society, The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers and University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture, examines future projections for EU aquaculture development and the potential economic and ecological consequences, and suggests further policy options.

Weblink: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/529084/IPOL_STU(2014)529084_EN.pdf

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I have to declare a personal interest, but this report should provide some useful perspectives for anyone with a study interest involving European aquaculture and more broadly aquatic food production

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AQUA-TNET News - Last edition

AQUA-TNET News - Last edition | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Here is the last edition of Aqua-tnet News as a monthly e-mail newsletter. The Aqua-tnet project as the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2011 - 2014 has come to an end. Members of the network will continue to pursue its aims and maintain activities wherever possible - including the Scoop.It news service and website updates.


In this last newsletter you will find some reflections on the project, news of the latest outputs and the usual links to other projects and events of interest for aquaculture & fisheries training and education. 

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The project funding has finished, but the network is strong and the need for continued collaboration to drive forward the agendas of innovation and quality remains clear.

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AQUA-TNET presentations at Aquaculture Europe 2014

AQUA-TNET presentations at Aquaculture Europe 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Two presentations were given from the Aqua-tnet project during the Knowledge Management, Transfer and Extension session at the recent Aquaculture Europe 2014 conference in Donostia-San Sebastian. These were:

 

Marieke Reuver:  "Aqua-tnet: Adding Value to European Education"

 

John Bostock: "European Aquaculture - A learning Industry?"

 

Slides from both presentations are available via the link.

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Here are the slides from our talks at Aquaculture Europe 2014 if you missed the session or want to look through them again.

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Lindsay Laird Award 2014

Lindsay Laird Award 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student to the annual Aquaculture Europe conference, this year being held in San Sebastian, Spain, 14-17 October 2014. The award consists of a certificate and an iPad Mini, as well as a book prize sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell.  Entries are via the AquaTT stand in the exhibition hall.



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If you are a student presenting a poster at AE2014, don't miss this opportunity to gain recognition for your work and win an iPad mini..

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14th Aquafeed Platform Short Course - Europe

14th Aquafeed Platform Short Course - Europe | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Aquafeed Platform EUROPE:
14th Practical Short Course:
Trends and Markets in Aquaculture Feed Ingredients, Nutrition, Formulation and Optimized Feed Production and Quality Management. Novotel Gent Centrum, Ghent, Belgium - 1 & 2 December 2014

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter: August 2014

AQUA-TNET Newsletter: August 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

CONTENTS of this month's newsletter:

AQUA-TNET NEWS

   AquaCase Website

   Timesheets Reminder 

 

PROGRAMMES, COURSES & PEOPLE

RESEARCH & EDUCATION

Call for Submissions: #design4learning - from Blended Learning to Learning Analytics in Higher Education

Call for Proposals for Pilot Project on Open Knowledge Technologies: Mapping and Validating Knowledgewww.enic-naric.netGoogle Classroom Opens Its Doors

Scottish Marine Institute (SAMS) Courses

Are You the Recipient of an FP7 Marie Curie Grant? Compete to Win a MSCA prize!

The Open Education Handbook Needs Your Feedback

Fisheries Stakeholders Discuss Maximum Sustainable Yield

AQUAEXCEL at Aquaculture Europe 2014
Implementing EU Fishery Policies in the Baltic Sea

ARRAINA 'Technology for Novel Fish Feeds' Course

 

OTHER

Mercury – Have Your Say on the EU Implementation of the Minamata Convention

Herring dispute: EU lifts Measures Against the Faroe Islands

Final Call for FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 9th Call for Access Deadline Approaching

Introduce Budding Scientists to Marine Microorganisms with the MaCuMBA Education Supplement

 

AQUA-TNET CALENDAR

AQUATT TRAINING NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

PISCES JOBS

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The latest Aqua-tnet Newsletter contains the usual mix of project news and information about other related initiatives and events. Featured this month is the AQUACASE website which provides aquaculture case study materials for teachers and learners.

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Singapore Course – Recirculating Aquaculture Systems 8-9th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses

Singapore Course – Recirculating Aquaculture Systems 8-9th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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Using Google Maps — Short Course @ SAMS

Using Google Maps — Short Course @ SAMS | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
If you want to learn how to bring your research to life and present live scientific data using Google Maps™, this course is for you.
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Short course - 28-29th October 2014 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban. 

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Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR

Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This report looks at five critical elements of the school-to-work transition for young people – the role of employers, vocational education, apprenticeships, careers guidance, and the benefits system – and at lessons the UK can learn from European economies with better youth employment records.

A long period without work at a young age can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s life chances, leading to a higher future likelihood of unemployment and lower future earnings. For this reason, UK policymakers should be particularly worried about the present level of youth unemployment. There are currently 868,000 young people aged 16–24 unemployed in the UK, and 247,000 of them have been looking for work for over a year.

This is not simply due to the financial crash and recession. While the last six or seven years have been particularly tough for the latest generation of young people, even before the financial crisis many of those entering the labour market for the first time were struggling to compete with older workers for jobs. This suggests that even a full-blown economic recovery is unlikely to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the UK.

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Another report from the UK Institute for Policy Research on vocational education and the need for strong engagement between employers and the education system. The UK needs to learn lessons from elsewhere in Europe!

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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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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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