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The Fish Site: Free access to aquaculture education materials: dream or reality?

The Fish Site: Free access to aquaculture education materials: dream or reality? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Whether free, open educational resources could revolutionize education in aquatic sciences is currently being investigated by MSc candidate Alexandra Pounds. As part of the EU Horizon2020 EURASTIP project with the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture she is looking for educators and students in aquaculture and capture fisheries sciences to help her obtain great results by taking part in her survey. Respondents have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a £50 gift certificate.

“It’s clear that open educational resources have major benefits to society, as do most open communication and educational initiatives. But although OERs are free to use they come with a cost to the developer,” she reflects. As a result, her big question is: besides altruistic intentions, what would motivate higher education institutions and educators in aquaculture to share their materials freely? And how can this be made financially sustainable?
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Participate now to help make this a really authoritative study and key resource for future policy development for governments and educational organisations
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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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Please contribute to: ‎OER‬ Implementation Strategy Document | DRAFT 1.1

Please contribute to: ‎OER‬ Implementation Strategy Document | DRAFT 1.1 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Draft 1.1 Updated: June 15, 2015 Foundations for OER Strategy Development Drafting committee members: Nicole Allen, Delia Browne, Mary Lou Forward, Cable Green and Alek Tarkowski Purpose of Document For more than a decade the movement for Open Educational Resources (OER) has evolved from a collecti
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Live collaborative document with tracked discussion on strategy to implement open educational resources

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Training manual on the artificial propagation of carps

Training manual on the artificial propagation of carps | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A handout for on-farm training workshops on artificial propagation of common carp and Chinese major carps in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia - Second revised edition By Horváth, L., Tamás, G., Coche, A.G., Kovács, E., Moth-Poulsen, T. & Woynarovich, A.

 

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department Publications

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Updated training materials on carp breeding from respected expert László Horváth (Szent Istvan University, Hungary) and associates and published by FAO

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Merci beaucoup ! :-)
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Open Education Week: 9-13 March 2015

Open Education Week: 9-13 March 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

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Good to see continuing momentum for OER

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Book: The Battle for Open - Martin Weller

Book: The Battle for Open - Martin Weller | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. This marks a moment of victory for the open education movement, but at the same time the real battle for the direction of openness begins. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. This is a crucial time for determining the future direction of open education.

In this volume, Martin Weller examines four key areas that have been central to the developments within open education: open access, MOOCs, open education resources and open scholarship. Exploring the tensions within these key arenas, he argues that ownership over the future direction of openness is significant to all those with an interest in education.

 
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Thanks to Andreas Link for this. I'm looking forward to digging into this as Martin Weller is both very well placed to assess current trends in higher education and always very insightful.

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School of Open Africa to launch in September - Creative Commons

School of Open Africa to launch in September - Creative Commons | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

After months of discussions, deliberations, and planning between CC staff, African Regional Coordinators, African Affiliate teams, and others in the open space, Creative Commons Africa is set to storm Africa by having a continent-wide launch for School of Open in September.

School of Open is a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age. Through School of Open, you can learn how to add a Creative Commons license to your work, find free resources for classroom use, open up your research, remix a music video, and more!

School of Open programs will be launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa in September on a series of topics ranging from Creative Commons licensing, intellectual property protection, open society concepts, and the Linux operating system .

Strategic collaborations are underway with the Mozilla Foundation, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, WikiAfrica, University of Lagos, University of Tanzania, and the Institute of Educational Management Technology of the Open University of Tanzania to make the launch a success.

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We already have Ubuntu from Africa - maybe it will soon be the leader in open educational resources as well?

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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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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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OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00

OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Over the last five years, Open Educational Resources (OER) policies have increasingly developed around the world, creating new opportunities and introducing new challenges. The European "Opening Up Education" initiative, launched last year, brought the idea of open education into the mainstream, while also introducing the potential for "openwashing": thinning out the standards of openness. The workshop will be targeted at people working on the development of open policies, but who are not necessarily knowledgeable about OER. We will start with a global overview of OER policy, a quick snapshot of key cases and models being adopted. In the second part, we will lead a discussion on what is a model OER policy and how it related to other open policies (for Open Access or Open Data, for instance)."

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Follow the link to register a place on this webinar

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Alberto Cardoso's curator insight, July 10, 2014 4:44 AM

Open Educational Resources (OER) ou Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA)

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EIF/LINQ Conference 2014 - Presentations

EIF/LINQ Conference 2014 - Presentations | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The EFQUEL Innovation Forum & LINQ Conference held in May 2014 addressed one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education? This page on SlideShare provides access to the presentations from some of the key speakers.

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Further resources from the recent EFQUEL / LINQ conference

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EIF/LINQ 2014 Conference Interviews

EIF/LINQ 2014 Conference Interviews | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The EFQUEL Innovation Forum & LINQ Conference held in May 2014 addressed one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education? This page collects a selection of audio interviews with some of the key speakers.

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If like me you were unable to attend this conference - catch up with some of the key ideas through these short interviews.

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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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Survey on OER use in aquatic science education

Survey on OER use in aquatic science education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This survey-based research is under the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture. The research aims to contribute towards the AQUA-TNET and EURASTIP's initiative on training and education links between Europe and Asia by examining perspectives and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in aquatic sciences higher education across the world. ​ The survey is exploring the following questions: Would aquatic sciences students & educators benefit from and want to use OERs? Would they be willing to create and openly distribute their own educational materials? What would motivate them to do so? Would institutions benefit from having their own OERs and OER repositories, like MIT OpenCourseWare? If not, why not? If so, what would be the best way for them to do so?
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Please give a few minutes of your time to help make this a really useful survey to inform future initiatives on open educational resources for aquaculture!
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An Open Education Reader

An Open Education Reader | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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A nice example of open educational materials - a work in progress on OER...

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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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Training manual on the advanced fry and fingerling production of carps in ponds

Training manual on the advanced fry and fingerling production of carps in ponds | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A handout for on-farm training workshop on fish seed production of common carp and Chinese major carps in Central and Eastern Europe, theCaucasus and Central Asia. By Horváth, L., Tamás, G., Coche, A.G., Kovács, E., Moth-Poulsen, T. & Woynarovich, A. 

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department Publications

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Useful practical materials for learning and training in carp production.

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Paul Stacey: The Commons

Paul Stacey: The Commons | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

After years of working with, and for, Creative Commons this spring I had an epiphany. Creative Commons is not just about making things "open" its about building a "commons"."

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In fisheries we are used to hearing about the "Tragedy of the Commons", but in this article, Paul Stacey shares a vision for how the "Creative Commons" can be very different ...

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An epiphany indeed!

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Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources: TIPS Framework Version 2.0

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Very useful contribution on ensuring quality in OER

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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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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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Official proceedings | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality

Official proceedings | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The official EIF/LINQ proceedings with all scientific papers and project descriptions are available online! Feel free to distribute it and share it according to open Creative Commons licensing.

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Here's the proceedings document to complement the links to interviews and presentations posted previously

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Jane Park: Creative Commons V4.0 for Education

"In 2013, we launched version 4.0 of the CC license suite and it is ready for anyone to use now to apply to their educational resources or other creative works. "

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A useful summary of the latest changes to the creative commons licenses particularly for education.

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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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