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15th European Conference on eLearning

15th European Conference on eLearning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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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European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production - Assessment published Mar 2015

European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production  - Assessment published Mar 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Marine aquaculture production is increasing in Europe, mostly due to salmon production in Norway. Other types of production are relatively stable since the early 2000s. All aquaculture production in the EU-28 has been equally stable.In 2012, by far the most cultivated species in Europe was Atlantic salmon, followed by mussels, rainbow trout, European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, oysters and carps, barbels and other cyprinids.Finfish production accounts for the increase in European aquaculture, while shellfish production has been slowly decreasing since 1999. Aquatic plants production has been emerging since 2007.
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This recently updated site provides interactive tools for exploring data on European aquaculture production trends and issues.

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Erasmus+ Programme Guide - European Commission

Erasmus+ Programme Guide - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Information on the opportunities and application process for the 2015 Erasmus+ General Call for Proposals.
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Here we go... start working on your project proposals.

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Aqua-tnet - Presentation at EATiP Annual Meeting, 2014

Presentation made at the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform Annual General Meeting in Brussels, April 2014. It highlights the importance of learning and skills for industry and discusses some of the challenges in better integrating the worlds of education and practice. It presents some of the ways in which the AQUA-TNET project has worked to address these over the past 9 years, and looks forward to the role EATiP can play in the future.

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Discussion welcome via the Aqua-tnet groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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EUROPA - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach

EUROPA - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education publishes its first report today on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The group, chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, makes 16 recommendations which include a call for mandatory certified training for professors and other higher education teaching staff, more focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial and innovative skills, and the creation of a European Academy of Teaching and Learning.

 

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "My goal in setting up the group was to encourage new thinking and ideas. Its recommendations are timely, practical and do not necessarily require large amounts of additional expenditure. Quality teaching in our higher education and training systems is crucial for ensuring that students are equipped with the right blend of skills for their future personal and professional development. The Commission will do all it can to support the implementation of these recommendations."

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Rather late picking this up, but an interesting report that counters the trend to prioritise research excellence over teaching quality 

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Aquaculture in Motion 2013 - FEAP

Aquaculture in Motion 2013 - FEAP | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

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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

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Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities | stay-in

Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities | stay-in | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

New report available from this EU project concerned with inclusion issues for European universities. It looks at the gap between student needs for support and actual provision and makes recommendations for best practice.

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Recommended reading for university lecturers and administrators!

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VISIR | Vision, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT for learning in Europe

VISIR | Vision, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT for learning in Europe | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

On this website you can browse - and contribute to - the results of the VISIR work. Through VISIR, seven major European networks are working to collect, analyse and share micro innovation practices in the field of ICT for learning, and to propose, in a multistakeholder and collaborative fashion, a new vision for ICT for learning in Europe.

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Excellent resources for anyone looking to use ICT to innovate in teaching and learning 

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European Commission Publication - Young People and Entrepreneurship

European Commission Publication - Young People and Entrepreneurship | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

For the sake of its own citizens, as well as if it wants to stay competitive, Europe needs to invest in people, in their skills, in their ability to adapt and in their ability to innovate. The challenges of modern society can be met only when its members develop a sense of what it is to be an active, critical and responsible citizen of Europe, and when they are equipped to make the best choices for themselves in a constantly changing world.

 

To achieve this, there is a need to encourage young people, to instil a spirit of entrepreneurship from early on in life — initiative, confidence, calculated risk-taking, creativity, organisation, tenacity — and to help them in the transition from school to adulthood. This booklet demonstrates some of the wide range of pioneering projects in Youth in Action programme that nurture the development of such entrepreneurial skills.

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Here's a useful new resource from the European Commission for anyone seeking to encourage and foster entrepreneurship in young people

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point'

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point' | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 August 2013 The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called 'open access'—was confirmed today in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. .

 

The Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:

articles will either immediately be made accessible online by the publisher (“gold” and “hybrid” open access) - up-front publication costs can be eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission; or

researchers will make their articles available through an open access repository no later than six months (12 months for articles in the fields of social sciences and humanities) after publication (“green” open access).

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IUCN - First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

IUCN - First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction.
The Red List report, financed by the European Commission, is the first ever complete assessment of marine fishes native to Europe, assessing all of the 1,220 species present in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea, and the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, including many highly exploited species that support large commercial, recreational, and artisanal fisheries. The highest number of threatened species can be found in the Mediterranean Sea, the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the Macaronesian islands.
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There should be a wealth of case study and discussion material here for students of fisheries management. 

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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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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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Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard

Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites. 

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Keep your finger on the pulse of MOOCs...

 

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Facts and Figures on European Education

Facts and Figures on European Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Facts and figures about European Education compliled by Eurydice: Includes national educational budgets, national student fee and support systems, academic calendars, guides to the structure of European education systems etc.

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A great resource for the "big picture" or national comparisons.

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Facts about the EU education system. 

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Eurydice EU Newsletter, 26 September 2013

Eurydice EU Newsletter, 26 September 2013 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Welcome to this first Eurydice Newsletter!

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.

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You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/index_en.php

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European Open Educational Resources Policy Project

European Open Educational Resources Policy Project | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The European Open Educational Resources Policy Project is an initiative that brings together a coalition of international experts to strengthen the implementation of open education policies across Europe. It will do so by developing a community of activists and advocates, producing policy materials, and connecting with policy makers.

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European MOOCs Scoreboard | Open Education Europa

European MOOCs Scoreboard | Open Education Europa | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs available on different open websites.

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Follow the trends in European MOOCs here...

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DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62

DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Latest edition of this magazine from the European Commission contains articles including "Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy", "Seafood Expo promotes European innovation", "European Maritime Day", "Atlantic Strategy Action Plan seeks to protect marine environments while creating jobs", "Ocean energy holds great potential for Europe’s low-carbon future".

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Latest news magazine from the European Commission DG Mare.

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Mobility of researchers: how open is Europe?

Mobility of researchers: how open is Europe? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A European Commission study aims to provide data to inform policies on further opening of labour market


A stated policy of the European Union is that, by the end of this year, there should be an open labour market for researchers. This is a core part of the European Research Area and recognises the need for knowledge transfer. To understand the movement of researchers and their reasons for moving it is essential to have high-quality data. A major survey by the European Commission sought to provide internationally comparable data to support further evidence-based policy development on the research profession at European and national level. It was carried out across the 28 member states and five other countries, including Norway, Iceland and Turkey.

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Some interesting insights into the patterns and obstacles to PhD and researcher mobility

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