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Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.
Companies and other organisations interested in knowledge and skills alliances can get in touch with Aqua-tnet to help build appropriate partnerships.
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EDULEARN14 Barcelona. 6th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. 7th, 8th and 9th of July, 2014.
One of the major forums for new educational technologies and approaches.
Practical Fishkeeping Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries Practical Fishkeeping The combination of aquaculture and sports fisheries has not previously been offered at this level.
New course opportunity
Photographers of all levels are invited to submit digital photographic work on the theme of Aquaculture and, in particular, the tag line of ‘Create, Nurture, Grow’. Submissions accepted from 5 April – 1 May 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best three photos in the open and students (under 18) categories.
Do you have any photos that will fit the theme "Create, Nurture, Grow"?
The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.
Short course announcement: 3-21 November 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands
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.
Some appropriate and useful e-learning materials for World Women's Day
By John Warner
At Higher Ed Beta, Steven Mintz, Executive Director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, argues in “Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ” that we are in the midst of a data-driven educational transformation.
I would say that he offers predictions, except they aren’t so much predictions as commands, as he utilizes the future imperative throughout:
Part 2 of the discussion on Inside Higher Ed.
The latest edition of Aqua-tnet News has been published with further details of the 2014 Annual meeting in Malta. Invitations to apply to attend have now been sent to all member organisations. The event will be preceded by a special training workshop on digital teaching skills, which lasts for 2 days. In addition to this there is the latest news from ESCO and a round up of news from other projects, interesting links and details of other future events
Stay up to date with the latest Aqua-tnet news...
For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer.
On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education. And when today’s young adults are compared with previous generations, the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era."
This study is from the USA, but suggests the qualification bar for accessing better paid employment is by and large going up. (Thanks to Sonia for passing this on...)
NACA is pleased to announce the initiation and implementation of an aquaculture professional exchange programme in partnership with the Independent Mission for Development and Education in Madagascar (MIDEM). The programme, entitled “Integrated farming of Nile tilapia and Asia-Africa network strengthening” aims to strengthen the technical competence of young professionals in aquaculture, particularly in tilapia farming, through professional exchange between Asian and African countries to share and gain experience. This will contribute to institutional capacity building, development and improvement of extension systems in aquaculture. It will also contribute to developing a new generation of dynamic young leaders and improve cultural understanding and cooperation between the two regions. This exchange programme is being carried out with generous financial support from Fredskorpset (FK) Norway. The programme is being implemented in three rounds over three years, starting from April 2013.
For our younger Asian readers!
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.
Keep your finger on the pulse of MOOCs...
I hope this develops into an interesting discussion on how to develop new models of learning and assessment for the Internet age.
Joint and Double degree programs are an increasingly popular form of higher education internationalization. While many institutions find them challenging to organize, these collaborative degree programs continue to gain traction around the world, in part because they offer an opportunity to build strong academic and institutional partnerships. This book is the first truly global collection of essays from experts with experience in creating and administering international collaborative degree programs.
Hope to see this book on the library shelf soon!
MOOC - Starting 3rd February: "Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet."
A chance to try an aquatic mooc?
12 leading universities and companies in 8 European countries announced the launch today of the new EMMA project which will provide access to MOOCs in different languages and supported by automatic transcription.
The first EMMA MOOCs will go live in September 2014 and are provided by universities in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK on subjects as diverse as Business Management, Social Innovation and Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Searching on the Internet.
Announcing the launch of EMMA today, the project coordinator Rosanna De Rosa said “EMMA provides an exciting opportunity for both students and MOOC providers in Europe to benefit from a simple user-friendly platform that provides unique multilingual access to MOOCs – we are looking forward to rolling out this service in the coming 6 months”.
EMMA will operate in two main modes: as an aggregator and hosting system of courses produced by European universities and as a system that enables learners to construct their own learning paths using units from MOOCs as building blocks. Once operational, EMMA will be open for other providers who wish to make their MOOCs available in multiple languages and across borders.
Pilots will run in 7 countries with a total of 16 MOOCs and will involve at least 60,000 participants. EMMA is a 30 month pilot action supported by the European Union. EMMA will showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches and will offer free, open, online courses in multiple languages from different European universities to help preserve Europe’s rich cultural, educational and linguistic heritage and to promote cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning.
Welcome EMMA- for multilingual MOOCs
The March edition of the Aqua-tnet Newsletter has been published. This includes news of a workpackage 1 meeting in Stirling this month and further information about the Annual Meeting scheduled for June 26-27th. In particular the keynote speaker, who will be Prof. Luc François from Gent University - An expert in European Higher Education.
Don't miss the latest round-up of news about the Aqua-tnet project and aquaculture and fisheries education and training; as well as other useful project and resource links.
This new one year full-time or two-year part-time MSc course is offered by Sparsholt College in Hampshire, England.
Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.
Short Course Announcement: 22 September to 10th October 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands.
Accreditation is the main roadblock to innovation in assessment and the wider educational landscape. Credentials are often the gatekeepers to opportunity, recognition, success. Unfortunately, accreditation systems are extremely slow to change, often deeply hierarchical, and transcripts don’t tell us much about interpersonal skills or mastery. But the web can.
On the web, communities come up with their own way to recognize accomplishment. Sometimes they are in line with traditional accreditation and sometimes they are not. These mechanisms are transparent and evolve over time in step with the way communities work and learn. Not surprisingly software developers were the first professional community to do this. They have developed standards of accomplishment and recognition that are built on the web. Other communities are following.
We’ve proposed a number of “opportunities” for how assessment can evolve on the web. The tension between new ways to recognize learning, and the old mechanisms of accrediting learning will increase. And however accreditation shakes out, the web will be an important aspect of how we showcase to others what we have done, the things we have learned, and who we are.
The third part in this series on assessment for Internet based learning.
By Steven Mintz. How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. These include the growing embrace of open educational resources and of courses collaboratively designed and developed by teams including content area specialists, educational technologists, and instructional designers. Peer mentoring and grading are becoming more common, as is a gradual shift toward learner-centered pedagogies and competency-based, outcomes-oriented approaches.
Part 1 of an interesting discussion on "Inside Higher Ed"
Entries invited for the Novartis Young Scientist Award to be held on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at Aquaculture UK 2014.
Novartis Animal Health (NAH) is to recognize the best student presentation at this year’s conference, with a “Young Scientist Award” and an expenses paid trip to its Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, dedicated Aquaculture Research & Development site. Whilst in Canada, the student will meet leading NAH scientists, and have the opportunity to learn about fish vaccines, novel pharmaceutical developments and revolutionary new technologies in fish health. A visit to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, where the Novartis Chair of Fish Health is based, is also on the itinerary.
If you are currently conducting, or have recently completed university student research in aquaculture and are able to participate in the conference, this is an opportunity you should grasp!
This is a great opportunity, especially for research students with an interest in aquatic animal health!
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."
Some forthright views here that counter the increasing institutionalization of learning and place the emphasis on real business outcomes!
The second part in a series of discussions from the Peer 2 Peer University on assessment in the context of web learning
Interesting starter on how we approach "expertise" in network based learning.
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.
Good example of introducing fish culture to school students as part of a wider learning agenda.
Great idea to help fish migrate from the school's menu to the school's program
In the newsletter you will find an update of Aqua-tnet and its activities, as well as information from the European Commission related to European education matters. Highlights this month include the Steering Committee Meeting in Amsterdam and news of a digital skills (ICT) workshop to be held in tandem with the annual meeting in June.
Hopefully something interesting for everyone here!
MEDIN Data Guidelines Workshop:Tuesday 25th February 2014, 9:30 – 16:00
MEDIN is pleased to announce that a workshop on MEDIN Data Guidelines will take place at the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th February 2014. This workshop will be relevant to anyone collecting or managing any type of marine data but examples will focus on marine geology, geophysics and bathymetry data.