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How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED

How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Peer teaching is not a new concept. It can be traced back to Aristotle’s use of archons, or student leaders, and to the letters of Seneca the Younger. It was first organized as a theory by Scotsman Andrew Bell in 1795, and later implemented into French and English schools in the 19th century. Over the... Read More

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A useful article and prompt to formally include this as part of the teaching strategy
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 27, 4:17 AM

Good article with tips, links to articles and research and some of the pros and cons.

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Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

We are living in a world characterized by change, complexity and paradox. These changes signal the emergence of a new global context for learning that has vital implications for education. It requires that we revisit the purpose of education and the organization of learning. The complexity of today’s world requires a comprehensive approach to education policy embedded in a better understanding of the way in which knowledge is created, controlled, disseminated, acquired, validated and used. It also requires further development of the ethical principles that govern education and knowledge as common goods.

 

Rethinking the purpose of education and the organization of learning has never been more urgent. The result of the work of a Senior Experts Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO to rethink education in a changing world has now been completed. 

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The next time politicians talk about going back to basics on education, I hope they give this document a read!

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Aquaculture International, Volume 23, Issue 3 - Special Issue - Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture

Aquaculture International, Volume 23, Issue 3 - Special Issue - Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Very pleased to announce the publication of the Aquaculture International Special Issue in Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture, written and edited by members of the Aqua-tnet project. Special thanks to Margaret Eleftheriou and Sonia Seixas for all their hard work as issue editors and to Gavin Burnell the Journal Editor.

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Congratulations and thanks to everyone who contributed!

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies gives a run-down of the results from her annual survey of the best online tools for learning.

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review)

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income. <Article by Michelle R Weise>

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I have mixed feelings about competency-based education but see its role and importance in many contexts. This is a very thought provoking article from Michelle Weise which although focused on higher education in the USA underlines the importance of the work Aqua-tnet has been doing in Europe with ESCO, ECVET, Tuning and other initiatives. 

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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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Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Surely learning and formal education are not entirely the same thing? But what exactly is the difference?
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Nice article reflecting on the decreasing cost and increasing accessibility of learning materials in comparison with the rising cost of formal tertiary education - where will it lead us?

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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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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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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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How Open and Free Content will Transform Post-secondary Education | Contact North

How Open and Free Content will Transform Post-secondary Education | Contact North | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

If current trends continue, we may well see the day quite soon when most, if not all, digital 'content' will be open and free to use for educational purposes. If that trend develops further, and is combined with online learning, there will be major consequences for teaching, learning and, above all, our post-secondary institutions.

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Nice article on how higher education institutions and instructors need to adapt to a world with greater access to (open) online resources. 

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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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Trout in the Classroom gives students hands-on experience

Trout in the Classroom gives students hands-on experience | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Trout in the Classroom projects got their start in this area, quite appropriately, because of fish.  The program is now rippling out, so hundreds of middle and high school students each year learn more about fish, streams, stream ecology and how to protect the water.


Via Perendale Publishers (Tuti Tan)
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Good example of introducing fish culture to school students as part of a wider learning agenda.

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Serge @ FARNET.'s curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:12 AM

Great idea to help fish migrate from the school's menu to the school's program

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eLearning Papers: Language Learning and Technology

eLearning Papers: Language Learning and Technology | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

By and large, languages, both as first, second or foreign languages remain one of the most important core subjects at every educational level. In early stages, their inclusion in the curriculum is intricately connected with (pre-)literacy practices, but also as a main driver for the successful integration of minority students learning a second language. In addition, the attainment of a certain level of a foreign language by the end of compulsory education is a common goal in most educational systems around the globe. Arguably, the key drivers of success in learning a language range from motivational to attitudinal, but ultimately they also have to do with the amount of target language use, the access to quality input, and especially language teachers’ readiness to incorporate the latest educational trends effectively in the language classroom, educational technologies amongst them. This special issue features recent developments and innovations in the field of Computed Assisted Language Learning and expects to serve as a springboard for a series of existing innovative practices in the area of technology enhanced language learning and teaching.

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Language learning has been one of the core focus areas for the AQUA-TNET project over the years

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Presentation: Open Educational Resources in Aquaculture Education and Training

Presentation given at the World Aquaculture Society meeting in Jeju, South Korea on 28th May 2015
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Slides from my presentation today at the WAS meeting in Jeju. Hoping to stimulate some more discussion about the potential for greater use of Open Educational Resources in aquaculture teaching and learning.

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Learning theories map | HOTEL Project

Learning theories map | HOTEL Project | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This Learning Theories’ Map is a result of the research carried out by WP2 of the EU HOTEL Project led by Richard Millwood from Brunel University.

 

“Learning theory has been a contested scientific field for most of its history, with conflicting contributions from many scientific disciplines, practice and policy positions. With the continuing and disruptive influence of technology on information, knowledge and practice in all sectors of society it is no wonder that innovators, drawn to the interactive potential that computers bring to learning, are challenged by the theoretical basis for their innovations.

Formal education is also a high stakes, culturally & institutionally conservative activity, which serves more than one societal purpose, including:

learner development and fulfilment;child care;preparation for citizenship, parenthood and retirement;preparation for work;selection for jobs.

Even in the higher, informal and professional sectors of education, complexity of education is matched by complexity of learning outcomes which may include:

skills development;knowledge acquisition;improvement in strategic, analytic and creative capacities;attainment of competence;establishment of attitudes and values.

Each of these societal purposes and these learning outcomes demand different approaches and understandings for the theorist and may develop at varying rates or found to be diverse in relation to context, location and culture.”

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Do you find pedagogy and theories of learning confusing? This infographic illustrates why! However, it also helps to bring some order and provide a map of the learning theories landscape - A great starting point for any teacher to explore different ideas about the aims, objectives and methodologies of educational practice.  

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Innovating Pedagogy 2014 | Open University Innovations Report #3

Innovating Pedagogy 2014 | Open University Innovations Report #3 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.

 

This third report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  


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An easy-to-read summary of this year's top ten pedagogy innovations!

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The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET - Online First - Springer

The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET - Online First - Springer | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The ERASMUS academic network AQUA-TNET, prompted by reports of a lack of concern regarding language training provision for exchange students which had been raised in successive European Universities Association Trends reports, carried out a detailed examination of the language training provided by its partners for exchange students through its Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity (LLLD) group. The group carried out several European-wide surveys to ascertain whether the reported lack of concern was also evident in the AQUA-TNET partnership. The results of these surveys reveal some disparity between staff and student perceptions of language provision for exchange students. The group also investigated the incidence of English as the main delivery language for aquatic science courses, as well as the need for language provision at the basic rather than the intermediate or advanced level, as advocated by the academic sector. The AQUA-TNET LLLD group’s activities were responsible for several studies and reports used to inform or update the network on developments relevant to their language learning policies: desk study on marine science courses in the AQUA-TNET network; review of European schools’ language (and science) policies; reports on EUROPASS, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the use of the Internet for delivery of multilingual language learning. The needs analysis derived from the student survey on online language course provision led to changes in the chosen online language course.
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Another valuable output from the AQUA-TNET project on linguistic diversity and language learning linked with aquaculture and aquatic science student mobility 

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What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning?

What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Why do I characterize this explanation as a flipped classroom and not flipped learning? Because, contrary to popular belief, these terms are not synonymous. Yet nearly every article written on these topics mistakenly equates them.

 

 


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Useful definition of flipped learning

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Maria Persson's curator insight, September 18, 2014 11:13 PM

Keep in mind that no matter what 'method' you use it should be focused on the student and their learning. Very well explained in this article!

Robin Yu's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:45 PM

Well explained.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 22, 2015 8:28 PM

This is a very important difference. 

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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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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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Is Student Feedback A Waste Of Time?

Is Student Feedback A Waste Of Time? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

From the Aqua-tnet project blog :

 

"Obtaining student feedback on courses has become standard practice in many institutions. There is surely a simple logic that teachers and course managers should be listening to the views of students and taking them into account as they revise or develop future courses? I was therefore interested to read two other blog posts that take a very contrary view....." 

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Some muses on a couple of recent blog articles about the value of student feedback questionnaires...

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Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri: Credits for Learning with Open CourseWare – Introducing a Learning Passport

The presentation created by Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri presents a number of scenarios for the unbundling of learning, together with proposals on how to improve the recognition and transfer of credit achieved through open learning.

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This is a very timely initiative - A learning passport for open courseware. 

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Want Results? Champion the Informal - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

Want Results? Champion the Informal - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

From Jay Cross, 21/2/14

"Formal gets all the money, but today more learning happens outside classrooms.

 

Learning is more important than ever. We have an information explosion. The world is becoming more complex. We have to learn more just to keep living our lives. That doesn’t mean we need more from training departments, however.We need to pay more attention to experiential learning, and we need to look at peer-to-peer learning. A lot of the courses out there are absolute garbage. Worse, if you look at behavior on the job, you’d be lucky to find 15 percent of outcomes are based on something learned in a course.


A formal learning structure is not a good model for learning today. Instead, look at ways people can accelerate learning. Have managers set stretch goals for employees and encourage individual initiative."

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Some forthright views here that counter the increasing institutionalization of learning and place the emphasis on real business outcomes!

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