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The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans - An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans - An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada

 

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans began its study on aquaculture in January 2014 with the purpose of examining and reporting on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada. Its findings have now been published in a 3-volume report.

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There should be some good case study and other teaching/learning materials in this comprehensive report from Canada.

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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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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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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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Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission

Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe:  Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub

 

In this report policy recommendations for up calling creative classrooms are presented. Almost 150 experts participated in on line consultation and evaluated the 60 policy recommendations, that were collected at several stages of the project. The recommendations were clustered into seven dimensions presenting a holistic agenda for education reform: content and curricula, assessment, school staff professional development, research, organisation and leadership, connectedness and infrastructure. Policy on the EU level as well as on local, regional and school level should support agents of change in their mainstreaming and up-scaling innovative practices. The on-line consultation revealed the following dimensions as most important: school staff professional development, infrastructure and assessment. In general however, there was broad agreement that all the dimensions need to be addressed for further developing and mainstreaming ICT- enabled innovation for learning in Europe.

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This report from JRC is more focused on schools, but will still be of interest to teachers in further and higher education

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Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture

Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A New independent report shows the Scottish aquaculture industry ‘provides considerable benefits for fragile economic areas’  contributing up to £1.4 billion to Scottish economy.


"The report commissioned by Marine Scotland and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been published by Imani and SRSL. 


The economic benefits from the industry are wide ranging and are felt across Scotland including areas that are not traditionally associated with it such as the Central Belt.


The report estimates that if the 2020 industry production target of 223,000 tonnes is met it could have a turn-over value of £2 billion to the Scottish economy and support 10,000 jobs.


Other findings include:

Direct production alone contributed a turn-over of at least £550 million to the Scottish economy and 2,800 jobs in 2012Including added income across the country the industry is currently estimated to contribute a turn-over of £1.4 billion and 8,000 jobs in ScotlandSignificant improvements have been made to the environmental impact of the industry and compares well with other animal production industriesQuality and high value is Scottish aquaculture’s trump card"
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This may be a bit parochial, but a welcome study on the Scottish Aquaculture Industry that will provide good insight into the industry and economic factors for all students of aquaculture

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Innovating Pedagogy 2013

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This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, in order to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This second report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.


Via Nik Peachey
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This is a really accessible report bringing together most of the current innovations and trends in higher education teaching and learning

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:22 AM

Pedagogy of the 21st century proposes innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.

Patrick Dowling's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:24 PM

Worth a read for Educators

Dawn Hewitson's curator insight, December 4, 2013 4:42 AM

This is a Must Read for Computer Science educators

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PA Consulting: UK universities are lagging behind in the global innovation race

PA Consulting: UK universities are lagging behind in the global innovation race | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
PA's Higher Education Survey 2015 reveals how UK universities compare against their global competitors.

University education around the world is facing pressures for reform from multiple directions. Student demands for more flexible and cheaper study options, new technologies challenging traditional teaching models and competition from new providers are all shifting the status quo. A wave of game-changing innovations from universities and other providers around the world that are redefining the experience of higher education (HE) for millions of learners. Will the UK university system be able to maintain its reputation for world-class education against these challenges?

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The main focus of this report (UK) may be a bit parochial, but the issues are universal for global higher education with conclusions that are nicely provocative! 

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Publication: The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report

Publication: The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This new report gives a snapshot of the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the 47 countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). It provides comprehensive qualitative and quantitative information on all main aspects of higher education reforms aiming at a well-functioning EHEA. The report has been developed by Eurydice, Eurostat and Eurostudent for the Ministerial Conference in Yerevan (14-15 May 2015) and the work has been overseen by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG).

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A new comprehensive update on progress towards the European Higher Education Area from Eurydice.

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Researching the history of aquaculture?

Researching the history of aquaculture? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

For a short time only, Stirling Aquaculture is clearing shelves of old aquaculture journals, magazines, reports, brochures, scientific reprints, books and other items collected over the last 30 years. First consignment has already gone to a Scottish Fisheries Museum - Send an e-mail to aquaconsult@stir.ac.uk if you are interested. 

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Just in case anyone is thinking of setting up an aquaculture museum !

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Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR

Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK to presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of our economy.

In their desire to ‘win the global race’, policymakers have focused on increasing the number of graduates in the economy. However, winning the race will require more than simply expanding general higher education.

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A timely report highlighting the need for greater focus and support for vocational education in the UK

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EWOS Sustainability Report

EWOS Sustainability Report | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

EWOS is committed to sustainable aquaculture and offers an annual comprehensive report of sustainability goals and social and environmental responsibilities. EWOS reports according to the sustainability indicators from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

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With so much attention now being paid to sustainability issues, this is an excellent case study for teachers and students looking at the implementation of the Global Reporting Initiative in the aquaculture sector

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Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners

American Institute for Research


Via Dennis T OConnor
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New report examining the use of digital badges for adult learners

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Gerardo Varela's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:51 AM

Artículo del uso de insignas o Badges en educación superior

JM Gonzalez-Barahona's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:36 PM

Badges are becoming more and more usual in certain learning communities, specially those in non-academic environments. But this system for recognition is extending to many other realms. This report explores how and when to introduce them in a very specific area: adult learners.

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Global Corruption Report: Education

Global Corruption Report: Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Corruption and poor governance are acknowledged as major impediments to realising the right to education and to reaching global development goals. Corruption not only distorts access to education, but affects the quality of education and the reliability of research findings. From corruption in the procurement of school resources and nepotism in the hiring of teachers, to the buying and selling of academic titles and the skewing of research results, major corruption risks can be identified at every level of the education and research systems. At the same time, education serves as a means to strengthen personal integrity and is a critical tool to address corruption effectively.


The Global Corruption Report is Transparency International’s flagship publication, bringing the expertise of the anti-corruption movement to bear on a specific corruption issue or sector. The "Global Corruption Report: Education" consists of more than 70 articles commissioned from experts in the field of corruption and education, from universities, think tanks, business, civil society and international organisations.

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This is sobering but essential reading for anyone with a stake in how education is organised, funded and delivered...

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