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AQUAEXCEL2020 - E-training Course: Experimental data management from generating protocols to sharing data

AQUAEXCEL2020 - E-training Course: Experimental data management from generating protocols to sharing data | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The course will deal with best practice experimental data management, including all aspects from preparing experiment protocols to sharing data. It is based on the experimental data repository system developed in FP7-AQUAEXCEL called bioWES. bioWES is a distributed, knowledge-based repository for large datasets, typically applicable in biological and related sciences. The bioWES scientific data management solution provides full control over experiments, from protocol design, through data acquisition and processing to sharing final results. Participants will learn how to use the bioWES system for their own experimental work, using their own protocols and real experimental data. The aim is that by the end of the course, each participant will be able to install the bioWES system, create his or her own account, create unique experimental protocols based on their own specific needs, store their own experimental data, create connections between experimental protocols, cooperate with colleagues through sharing and visualize the overview of individual project steps. The participants will also be introduced to the special functionality of the system: data processing modules, plugins for communication with measurement devices and standardization support. The course will be organized as an online training with active participation of the users. The organizers will guide the users through every single step of the bioWES system, from installation to sharing of experimental data, during three one and a half hour sessions. The participant will use their own protocols and experimental data to test theoretical knowledge on real examples. The course will be available through standard internet browser for each registered participant. It is believed that the course is particularly useful for researchers involved in AQUAEXCEL2020 TransNational Access (TNA) projects.

Course provider: Institute of Complex Systems, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (Czech Republic) 
Location: Online course 
Date: 25 + 27+ 29 April 2016 (3-day course, 90 minutes per day: 10.00 – 11.30hrs CEST)
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This should be interesting to any early-stage researcher and is especially recommended for anyone planning to submit an application for an AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access Project application
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Perspectives on technology enhanced teaching and learning from the AQUA-TNET Project

Presentation made to the COFASP workshop "Towards new solutions on mobility and learning tools for human capacity building on the fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing chain. Bilbao, 8th October 2015. The presentation covers a few key definitions and concepts useful in developing new training and knowledge building interventions.

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Online Course on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment | UNESCO-IHE

Online Course on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment | UNESCO-IHE | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in wetland management and/or wastewater treatment. They may be working in organisations responsible for water treatment or responsible for wetland conservation/sustainable use of wetlands. Targeted are also those who have an interest in onsite wastewater treatment for small communities.


Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

Understand the basic principles of wastewater treatmentDistinguish the functions of the different compartments in the constructed wetlandApply the concept of constructed wetlands to wastewater treatmentEvaluate the importance of operation and maintenanceDesign a constructed wetland treatment system


Participants complete the course in a period of about four months (16 weeks) with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours per week on reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 3 modules and a written assignment.


Start: 01 September 2015
End: 08 January 2016
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2015 - 23.59 (CET)

Course fee: € 725

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Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
According to the renowned American educator, Malcolm Knowles there are 5 assumptions concerning the characteristics of adult learners, and 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy). Despite the fact that Knowles' adult learning theory assumptions and principles were introduced in the 1980's, each can be utilized today to help eLearning professionals create more meaningful learning experiences for adult learners.

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Andragogy is a term I would use much more often if I knew how to pronounce it ! It is interesting to reflect on how long it takes and what the influencing factors are in the transition from pedagogy to andragogy and by what age/stage of eduction it is really complete. "Pedagogy" seems to be a commonly used term in describing any educational theories, not just those relating to its Greek root - child. 

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Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:09 PM

In order for adult learners to be actively involved in their own learning, they must feel (and know) that they have a voice in regards to the content and delivery of their coursework. The degree to which learners determine how a course will play out is, of course, the prerogative of the instructor, but I think instructors who actively gauge the preparedness and receptivity of their adult learners are liable to get ones who are more engaged and grateful.

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Scooped from Amos's Scoop.it page- Adult learning theory is very important to keep in mind when designing learning strategies for adult education. This is a very helpful resource to easily reference when designing instruction, in particular I would highlight the PURPOSE behind each module and activity and remembering that motivation is key with adult learners.

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:05 PM

This is a good article about adult learning with eLearning. It provides information about Knowles' 5 adult learning theory assumptions that can be translated to modern day eLearning experiences.

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Innovation and educational changes: two e-Learning cases in aquaculture - Online First - Springer

Innovation and educational changes: two e-Learning cases in aquaculture - Online First - Springer | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

By Sónia Seixas, Sathappan Saravanan and Susana Gonçalves


In this paper, we investigate the potential changes that education innovation can bring to education and training in aquaculture. When introducing Information and Communication Technology methods into new educational contexts, situations and/or practices, in the process teacher/practitioners will almost always make use of innovatory technology which in itself can lead to a measure of change within the relevant educational system. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that the use of technology is not an end in itself, its use is only justified as a tool to achieve the educational goals that have been set. It is in this spirit that two case studies are presented from current aquaculture curricula, which make use of innovative teaching methodology in the form of e-Learning: one case study is from the Open University (Universidade Aberta) in Portugal [distance teaching in a Master’s programme (Second Cycle)]; the second is from the NAFC Marine Centre, Scottish Qualifications Authority accredited courses in Scotland, UK. We report the pedagogical models on which these courses were built, the tools required to achieve the intended educational objectives and the teaching and learning resources used. We also report the creative stimulus inherent in the innovation processes that allowed the two teachers/instructors to achieve the same, or better, results than traditional teacher-led classroom methods, by using a technology-enhanced teaching process without the need for face-to-face interaction.

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Another article from the Aqua-tnet project showcasing two examples of using e-learning for teaching aquaculture and fisheries

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elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

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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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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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Module 13: Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Module 13: Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The World Bank, IFAD, FAO and the Michigan State University have transformed the 2008 “Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook” into an e-learning course. This includes Module 13 on Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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Some appropriate and useful e-learning materials for World Women's Day 

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 10, 2014 9:19 PM
Some appropriate and useful e-learning materials for World Women's Day
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eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit

eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

eCampusAlberta is committed to ensuring that its quality practices match or exceed current good practice in the post-secondary education sector. This eToolkit is designed to support post-secondary institutions in the design, creation, and assessment of quality online courses.

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Useful materials and standards to guide teachers in the production of elearning materials

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Free Online Courses, Workplace Skills Training, Interactive Education and Multimedia Learning | ALISON

ALISON is the worlds leading provider of free online courses with certificates for basic and essential workplace skills. Start your elearning and online training today and educate yourself for free!
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An interesting hybrid approach to providing on-demand self-paced learning in work-related knowledge

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15th European Conference on eLearning

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ECEL 2016 is being held at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic on 27-28 October 2016


"The European Conference on e-Learning was established 14 years ago. It has been held in France, Portugal, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Denmark to mention only a few of the countries who have hosted it. ECEL is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of e-Learning. Among other journals, the Electronic Journal of e-Learning publishes a special edition of the best papers presented at this conference."

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Papers can be submitted for this conference up to 7th April.
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Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE

Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in water quality monitoring and management. They may be working e.g. for environmental agencies, consultants, as environmental or water management officers in local, regional or national governments, as staff of NGOs, or as junior university lecturers, and may not have the time to undertake a course that lasts several weeks abroad.


Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

understand and apply concepts of water quality and pollution processes in rivers and lakes;understand and apply the different steps of the monitoring cycle in rivers and lakes;understand the basic concepts of groundwater quality and monitoring;apply common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation;design sound and sustainable freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes under specified conditions. Participants complete the course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment. Within the course, each subject starts and ends on a specified day. Each subject takes 2-4 weeks. Within this period, the participant is free to study in his or her own time. Questions with regard to the subject can be posted on the discussion forum, eliciting responses from fellow participants. The teachers also regularly comment on the questions posted on this forum.
Start: 01 September 2015
End: 08 January 2016
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Deadline NFP: 15 March 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 725


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:08 PM

Another valuable course for those involved in growing fish as water quality is particularly important for growing species like Trout.Taste of fish also is a big factor between getting a decent price or ruining the reputation of a species for all those that taste/waste money on a off flavoured fish~ This happened at function at Sydney Fish Market giving away samples to visitors who deposited the free samples in the nearest bin, never to buy again.I not mention the species because more reputable growers purge their stock to rid the off flavour~

The most common off-flavour compounds found in cultivated fish are 2-Methylisoborneol (2-MIB) and geosmin (GSM), which are secondary a blue green algae~Rapidly taken up by gills of fish (hrs) but days of purging with a slight weight loss with out feed make them much more palatable.I,ve added salt to fresh water too as it acts as a prophylactic to help stressed fish from getting other fungal/disease problems~

"The course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment."

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eLearning Africa 2015 Report

eLearning Africa 2015 Report | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

As technology continues to drive development in Africa and fuel the economic growth of economies, the eLearning Africa Report 2015 helps paint the picture of the pace of change and how different sectors can accelerate the upward momentum.

 

With contributions from practitioners, policymakers, teachers, business leaders, activists and authors working throughout Africa, it provides a comprehensive overview of the impact technology is having on education and development throughout the continent.

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Essential reading for anyone interested in, or involved with e-learning in Africa

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ICT in Agriculture

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Realizing the profound potential of information and communication technologies in developing country agriculture, the Agriculture and Rural Development Department (ARD) of the World Bank in collaboration with infoDev (part of the World Bank Group) embarked in an effort to explore and capture the expanding knowledge and use of ICT tools in agrarian livelihoods.  In November 2011, the World Bank released an electronic Sourcebook (e-Sourcebook) to initiate further (and better) investment in this sector.  Called “ICT in Agriculture”, the e-Sourcebook provides practitioners within and outside of the World Bank Group with lessons learned, guiding principles, and hundreds of examples and case studies on applying information and communication technologies in poor agriculture. 

 

The e-Sourcebook is provided fully and freely on this website.  Fifteen modules touch on a wide spectrum of sub-fields in agriculture, including risk management, gender, forest governance, and farmers organizations.  The Introduction (Module 1) introduces users to the ‘ICT in agriculture’ topic, offering key themes throughout the sourcebook as well as more details on how to use it.
 
Each module is stand-alone in format, providing users with the advantage of selecting the module or modules closest to their interest or work.  The modules are delivered both in html and pdf format.  The pdf format can be downloaded and printed.  The full book can also be downloaded.  In this version, hyperlinks between modules are included to promote cross-referencing throughout the Sourcebook.

 

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There's a wealth of inspiration here for anyone looking for examples of how ICT can improve and even transform rural agriculture and fisheries including through e-learning opportunities

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Evaluation on the use of e-learning tools to support teaching and learning in aquaculture and aquatic sciences education - Online First - Springer

Evaluation on the use of e-learning tools to support teaching and learning in aquaculture and aquatic sciences education - Online First - Springer | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The study aimed to capture a snapshot of the status of educational means used in teaching and learning in the area of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management at European level, with specific consideration on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and e-learning tools. To achieve this goal, an online survey was compiled and made available to teachers and students across Europe. In total, teachers from 31 institutions and students from 40 institutions participated in this survey. This paper presents the findings, considers trends and poses further questions for sector stakeholders to help in the development of future programmes and support. In summary, it can be concluded that few teachers have a comprehensive knowledge of the wide range of ICT tools available and can make use of e-learning tools with complete confidence. There is therefore a real and urgent need to “train the trainers” to use ICT in their teaching environments. From the students’ end, there is a strong desire to learn more about the application of e-learning tools and to use them in their learning process.

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A third article from the AQUA-TNET project examining the use of information and communication technologies and digital media in aquaculture education across Europe.

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Rene Mejia's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:23 AM

Herramientas de e-learning Aplicadas a Nuestra Vida #eduvm

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EDEN 2014 - Keynote Slides

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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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Caitlin Nicholson - eLearning Localization: Voiceover vs Subtitling!

Caitlin Nicholson - eLearning Localization: Voiceover vs Subtitling! | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Audio components are a main element in most eLearning courses across different platforms. As you look to localize your eLearning courses to reach a global audience, you are not only looking at the on-screen text and images, but the spoken parts as well. What solution is right for you?
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This could be a good discussion point for the forthcoming Aqua-tnet workshop on digital teaching skills

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Assessment on the Web: Part 1

Assessment on the Web: Part 1 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
What if learning looked like the web?A series of conversations about the current state and future of learning online. Brought to you by the folks at Peer 2 Peer University. 
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I hope this develops into an interesting discussion on how to develop new models of learning and assessment for the Internet age.

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2014 EDEN Annual Conference

2014 EDEN Annual Conference | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

 
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Looks a very interesting theme for next year's EDEN Conference - Call for papers now open.

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TinyTake - Free Windows Screen Capture Software

TinyTake - Free Windows Screen Capture Software | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Make the most of your screen captures. TinyTake gives you all the tools to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts for free.

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This looks an interesting alternative to Jing, with better tools for annotation.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:48 PM

You can screencapture, annotate and share your captures.

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:15 PM

Will try this out, just downloading so unable to comment on its usefulness

Terheck's comment, September 1, 2013 4:54 AM
You can also try Greenshot : very nice, free and Open Source : http://getgreenshot.org/