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Fish and Shellfish Apprenticeships Soar Thanks to Seafish and ESTC Partnership | Aquaculture Directory

Fish and Shellfish Apprenticeships Soar Thanks to Seafish and ESTC Partnership | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Seafood Training Academy’s collaboration with the ESTC Group has proved to be a success with over sixty apprentices signing up within the first three months.

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Good to see this initiative being successful

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eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit

eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

eCampusAlberta is committed to ensuring that its quality practices match or exceed current good practice in the post-secondary education sector. This eToolkit is designed to support post-secondary institutions in the design, creation, and assessment of quality online courses.

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Useful materials and standards to guide teachers in the production of elearning materials

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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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An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS

An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This course will introduce you to the primary phytoplankton in the water, along with those which give cause for concern.  We’ll share how you can use that information to monitor your water, gauge when to harvest, and spot certain environmental factors that may lead to harmful algal blooms.

Delivered by leading algae scientists from SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science), this course is a practical introduction from the specialist team that analyses water collected from the shellfish growing areas around Scotland for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  Be prepared for practical laboratory sessions (and a few Latin names), as we want to ensure you have plenty of practical experience and leave knowing what to look for and how to look for it.

 

25-26th February 2014

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Short course announcement

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Creative Commons - Choose a license (New Version 4)

Creative Commons - Choose a license (New Version 4) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licenses provide a variety of legal frameworks for the sharing of intelectual property, including documents, photos, videos, music and other files. The new version 4 agreements are now available and this selection tool on the Creative Commons website is an easy way to select the right license for you and generate appropriate code for a website.

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Sharing respectfully - creative commons licenses are the answer!

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2013 eXtension Virtual Aquaculture Workshop - eXtension

2013 eXtension Virtual Aquaculture Workshop - eXtension | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The 2013 Virtual Aquaculture Workshop held by the US Extension Service on Nov. 12-15 covered a wide variety of freshwater and mariine aquaculture topics. Via the link you will find recordings of the webinars, PDF copies of the presentations, and reference materials provided by the presenters. 

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This looks a great resource for information about aquaculture systems generally and particularly in USA.

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HighARCS - WRAP Toolkit

HighARCS - WRAP Toolkit | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) toolkit is a toolkit of research methods and better management practices used in HighARCS (Highland Aquatic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Development), an EU-funded project with field experiences in China, Vietnam and India. It aims to communicate best practices in conserving biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services to potential users and to promote the wise-use of aquatic resources, improve livelihoods and enhance policy information.

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This will be a useful resource for anyone teaching or learning in the field of aquatic resources

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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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Submit a Social Media Guideline

Submit a Social Media Guideline | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Please help me build a comprehensive social media guideline database for higher education. If you have social media policies, guidelines, rules, tips, beliefs, strategies, or other documents that s...
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If you are at all familiar with your organisation's policies and practices on the use of social media in higher education, please help Laura Pasquini from the University of Texas with her research.

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YSI Webinar: Advancements in Aquaculture Monitoring & Control Systems

YSI Webinar: Advancements in Aquaculture Monitoring & Control Systems | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Join our free webinar!  December 5th, 2013, 2:00-2:30 p.m. EST 

Register now to join Tim Grooms and Darrin Honious for an informative overview of the YSI aquaculture  monitoring and control system.  

We will cover product advancements that improve system performance, productivity and efficiency.

Topics will include:
• optical based dissolved oxygen
• connectivity/networking options
• automated feeding with YSI Feed Smart
• data management with AquaManager and the AquaViewer App
• alarming options  

Applications for M&C systems include tank-based/RAS commercial aquaculture, aquaculture research, live haul, public aquariums, algae culture and anyone interested in aquaculture monitoring and control technology to improve performance, productivity and efficiency.

The live webinar will be recorded and you will receive a link afterwards to view the recording


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A pre-Christmas treat for aqua-techies like me!

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
An educator's guide to open educational resources (OER), including online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open textbooks.
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Useful starting point for exploration into OER, although mainly focused on school level education.

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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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Cedefop | News | European Online Education and Training Monitor

 

The annual report Education and Training Monitor presented every autumn by the Commission, sets out the progress on the ET 2020 benchmarks and core indicators, including the Europe 2020 headline target on education and training.

It illustrates the evolution of education and training systems across Europe, with a particular focus on the country-specific recommendations adopted in the field of education and training, and contributes to the analytical basis for the next European Semester.

It is accompanied by 28 individual country reports and an online visualisation tool

 

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A very useful document for providing an overview of changes in European Education and Training provision and EU policy directions

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YSI Advancements in Monitoring & Control Technology Webinar

Webinar covering product advancements that improve system performance, productivity and efficiency with M&C water quality technology. Topics include: • optica

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A bit of sales talk but provides a good insight into commercial products for the very important function of environmental monitoring and control in aquaculture

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Water quality monitoring technology ~
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Erasmus+ Call and Guide Published

Erasmus+ Call and Guide Published | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

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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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New reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector

New reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

(06/12/2013) Two new reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector are now available on the website of  the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

 
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Excellent data and analysis of the European aquaculture sector 

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Assessment & feedback programme : JISC

Assessment & feedback programme : JISC | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The programme is focused on supporting large-scale changes in assessment and feedback practice, supported by technology, with the aim of enhancing the learning and teaching process and delivering efficiencies and quality improvements. A final summary report is now available which highlights the main themes and lessons learnt from the first two years of the programme - 'Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transormation 

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This is a very useful report from the UK at a time when assessment and feedback practices are a major concern for students and staff

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime - Changing the way you learn | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

How ExamTime can Improve Learning

ExamTime is changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers. ExamTime has been developed to help students make studying more than just a mind exercise. It can be a “do” activity.

Learning is a lifelong endeavour. Students need to take responsibility for your learning. Through our platform, ExamTime empowers students to build best practices into their study habits – goal setting, personal learning styles, comprehension techniques, brainstorming, practice & testing and collaborative learning.

Students and teachers all around the world are creating Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes using ExamTime. The intuitive and easy to use tools in ExamTime allow users to create, discover and share study resources that can engage, inspire and endure. Plus, ExamTime is allowing teachers the freedom to easily form learning groups to share resources and conduct discussions.

When you are engaged in learning you are engaged in a development process requiring different tools. What we are focused on is building the right tools to enable you to get through the learning process. That’s why we call ExamTime a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).

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Useful set of tools for traditional teaching and learning practices

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AQUA-TNET NEWS: November 2013

AQUA-TNET NEWS: November 2013 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The latest Aqua-tnet newsletter has been published on the Aqua-tnet website. It includes brief details of the latest workpackage meetings and an announcement concerning a training workshop in digital teaching skills to be held in June 2014. Other items include news from related projects and links to useful resources.

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Don't miss this bumper pre-Christmas edition!

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Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning

Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.


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I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:39 PM

For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.

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Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills, according to this report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation. The report defines digital badges as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. This report explores digital badges and how they can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all age.


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Another new report on the development of digital badges.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:25 PM

Possible data for #oerrhub (badging)

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Cedefop | News | ESCO Taxonomy - Classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations just released

ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. It identifies and categorises skills/competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training, in 25 European languages. The system provides occupational profiles showing the relationships between occupations, skills/competences and qualifications.

 

ESCO is the only European standard terminology linking skills and competences and qualifications to occupations and will be available free of charge to all labour market, education institutions and other stakeholders.

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10 ways to learn how to use Prezi

10 ways to learn how to use Prezi | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Starting your first prezi is exciting—the blank canvas contains so much potential, creat...

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tracey morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Good overview

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Nice overview

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 13, 2013 2:55 PM

We have taught several classes with Prezi and the students seem to love it.  Anyone interested in a lesson?

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2014 EDEN Annual Conference

2014 EDEN Annual Conference | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

10-13 June 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia 

 

Developing human potential has been a persistent EU policy aim even in the recent years of economic crisis. Among the goals of the European Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Europe 2020, we find employment and innovation, featuring education as a major lever.

 

European education and training systems are often criticised for not properly responding to social needs, and even that employers, education providers, and youth live in parallel universes. Universities’ reputation often comes from the visible, high level relations with prestigious corporations. E-learning, as a system integrator, may help education providers and employers to actively step into one another’s worlds.

 

Workplace-based training supported by ICT tools is part of the solution to reduce skill shortages and mismatches. E-learning has become a dominant delivery method in learning settings at work across various sectors and a wide range of company sizes. Its advantages may be many, including flexibility, cost and time savings, and new work habits and improved working climate. ICT-enhanced learning may improve organisational performance and lead to increased staff commitment and the generation of new ideas.

 

E-learning is often used by companies to inform and educate not only their employees but also customers, as part of their branding and marketing strategy and activities. The conference will explore these themes and issues - call for papers open until 31 January 2014.

 

 

 
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Looks a very interesting theme for next year's EDEN Conference - Call for papers now open.

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter: October 2013

AQUA-TNET Newsletter: October 2013 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The latest Aqua-tnet project newsletter has been published including a range of articles on topics relating to aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management education and training. There are also links to the Aqua-tnet events calandar and Education Gate Portal.

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Please distribute this to your colleagues or student groups

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