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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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Assessment on the Web: Part 2

Assessment on the Web: Part 2 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The second part in a series of discussions from the Peer 2 Peer University on assessment in the context of web learning

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Interesting starter on how we approach "expertise" in network based learning.

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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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AQUA-TNET Newsletter, January 2014

AQUA-TNET Newsletter, January 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

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Hopefully something interesting for everyone here!

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MEDIN - Marine Environmental Data & Information Network - Workshop

MEDIN - Marine Environmental Data & Information Network - Workshop | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

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Open education Challenge

Open education Challenge | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Your opportunity to develop, strengthen and fund your startup

 

The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is an invitation to all innovators to submit projects, receive mentoring and seed funding through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and get direct access toinvestors from day one.

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This looks a great opportunity for any start-up businesses in education - Anyone up for it from the Aquaculture/Seafood Sector?

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Member States must shift from a box-ticking approach and upgrade their quality systems if they want to improve the performance of universities and vocational colleges, according to two reports published by the European Commission today on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training. The reports highlight that, although progress has been achieved, further reforms are needed to ensure a 'quality culture' so that teaching is more closely aligned with labour market realities and societal needs. They also call for more emphasis to be given to international cooperation and for students to have a greater say in decision-making.

 

“Quality assurance is the basis for building trust in our education systems and we need to make greater use of its potential as a catalyst to modernise our universities and vocational education colleges. Our aim is to drive up standards in a way that encourages diversity and employability rather than uniformity,” said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The report on higher education sets out how quality assurance is helping to establish quality goals and address challenges such as the expanding student population in Europe, which has grown by more than 25% to 20 million since 2000. It underlines the importance of making the most of ICT-based technologies. Transparency is also vital: quality assurance results should be publicly available and feed into strategic decision-making.

 

The report on the European quality assurance reference framework for vocational education (EQAVET) shows that it has also helped develop a quality culture, through support such as an online tool to build and monitor quality assurance systems, and by encouraging the sharing of experience and best practice through the EQAVET network. But, here too, further action is needed to make quality assurance more transparent and increase mutual trust in qualifications awarded in different countries."

 
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15th Fish Immunology/Vaccination Workshop, 21-25 April 2014

15th Fish Immunology/Vaccination Workshop, 21-25 April 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The Wageningen fish immunology / vaccination workshops have been organised annually since 1998. Typically, the workshops are characterised by one-hour presentations given by experienced lecturers, taking time to thoroughly introduce each subject. This year’s (2014) subject is FISH IMMUNOLOGY/VACCINATION with extra attention being paid to the latest advances in fish immunology with emphasis on vaccination. The 2014 workshop includes two afternoons with a choice between hands-on practicals or updates on recent molecular advances in microarray analysis and gene synteny. Further, participants will be asked to send an abstract of their research and present a poster with the best one awarded the poster prize (further information will be provided upon registration). The official workshop language is English.

The objective of the present workshop is to provide participants with advanced knowledge, both theoretical and practical, on the immune system of fish. During the workshop we will discuss the latest insights in the evolution of the immune system but also related issues such as (experimental) animal welfare. The level of the workshop is targeting academic and company researchers as well as management staff in the aquaculture industry. In particular, we more than welcome PhD students, who have a reduced registration fee.

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This looks a very useful short course - especially for PhD students involved in fish immunology

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter December 2013

AQUA-TNET Newsletter December 2013 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The December edition of the Aqua-tnet newsletter is now available on the project website 

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If you don't receive this by e-mail, check out the online version for news of various projects and events relevant to Aqua-tnet members

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EUROPA - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach

EUROPA - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education publishes its first report today on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The group, chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, makes 16 recommendations which include a call for mandatory certified training for professors and other higher education teaching staff, more focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial and innovative skills, and the creation of a European Academy of Teaching and Learning.

 

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "My goal in setting up the group was to encourage new thinking and ideas. Its recommendations are timely, practical and do not necessarily require large amounts of additional expenditure. Quality teaching in our higher education and training systems is crucial for ensuring that students are equipped with the right blend of skills for their future personal and professional development. The Commission will do all it can to support the implementation of these recommendations."

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Rather late picking this up, but an interesting report that counters the trend to prioritise research excellence over teaching quality 

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Technology Tools for Reflection - Reflection for Learning

Technology Tools for Reflection - Reflection for Learning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A website to support Reflection in Education K-16 The following technologies can support reflection: web logs (‘blogs’) as reflective journals,  wikis as collaborative websites, digital storytelling/podcasting, Twitter and social networks.


Via Dennis T OConnor
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An interesting site which examines the role of reflection in learning at all levels and how it can be encouraged and facilitated with new digital tools

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Tim Hopper's curator insight, January 1, 2014 10:31 AM

I used this quote in my dissertation, got to love Dewey.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 1, 2014 11:23 AM

Herramientas para el aprendizaje.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:57 AM

I like the quote

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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.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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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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Call for applications 2nd round FK Norway South South Aquaculture Professional Exchange Programme - News

Call for applications 2nd round FK Norway South South Aquaculture Professional Exchange Programme - News | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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.

 
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For our younger Asian readers!

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Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard

Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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. 

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Keep your finger on the pulse of MOOCs...

 

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Assessment on the Web: Part 1

Assessment on the Web: Part 1 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
What if learning looked like the web?A series of conversations about the current state and future of learning online. Brought to you by the folks at Peer 2 Peer University. 
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I hope this develops into an interesting discussion on how to develop new models of learning and assessment for the Internet age.

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Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs

Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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.
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Hope to see this book on the library shelf soon!

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Exploring our oceans — University of Southampton — FutureLearn

Exploring our oceans — University of Southampton — FutureLearn | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

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."

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A chance to try an aquatic mooc?

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Short Course: Systemic Pathology of Fish

Short Course: Systemic Pathology of Fish | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"The course revolves around diagnostic pathology of fish diseases including those found in farmed, wild and aquarium species in both freshwater and the marine environment. It will approach interpretation of histopathological lesions from a systemic perspective, and will assume a good working knowledge of pathological processes and appropriate terminology in vertebrates in general. Typical and common diseases will be shown as well as emerging ones in a wide variety of environments. The course will comprise a series of lectures with an afternoon of slide interpretation. Participants are encouraged to bring with them interesting case material (H&E slides only please) for group review and  discussions. The course instructor will be Professor Hugh W. Ferguson, currently professor of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, St George's University, Grenada, W. Indies, and Professor Emeritus, University of Stirling, Scotland. Professor Ferguson is an American Board Certified veterinary pathologist, and he brings 40 years of experience as a diagnostic pathologist to his subject. He is author and editor of the standard book "Systemic Pathologist of Fish: a Text and Atlas of Normal Tissues in Teleosts and their Responses in Disease." This text will be made available to course participants at a discount over the normal price (not included in the registration price)"

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An opportunity to learn from the master...

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John Bostock's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:45 PM

Thanks to EAFP for this link

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AQUAEXCEL Training Course on Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments

AQUAEXCEL Training Course on Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The main focus of this course will be on the use of advanced monitoring and communication tools in aquaculture fish experiments. Experimental methods in first feeding experiments will be introduced, with emphasis on the possibilities offered by instrumentation and control systems. Participants will learn to handle and efficiently use the available cameras, sensors and control systems at the CodTech automated first feeding rig in different types of experiments. Opportunities for applying monitoring and control tools in different production systems will be evaluated. Another objective of the course will be demonstrating how to apply remote access tools in sea-based aquaculture at the Aquaculture Engineering (ACE) exposed farming site. Course participants will visit corner stone aquaculture companies in the coastal region of Frøya, and will be given the opportunity to interact with Norwegian industry representatives.

 

Main parts of the course:

First feeding and on-growing aquacultureE-Infrastructure opportunitiesControl SystemsRemote Monitoring


The course is organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning (SINTEF), SeaLab, Trondheim, Norway.

 

Target audience is:

Master’s students in aquaculture, automation and process control, Information and Communications Technology (ICT)Facility operators and researchers in aquaculture research infrastructuresAquaculture staff with development and operation responsibility (producers, suppliers)

 

Course tutors are:

Elin Kjørsvik (Professor at NTNU, Dept of Biology)Jan Ove Evjemo (Senior researcher at NTNU, Dept of Biology)Jo Arve Alfredsen (Associate Professor at NTNU, Dept of Engineering Cybernetics)Morten Alver (Adjunct Associate Professor at NTNU, Dept of Engineering Cybernetics)Gunnar Senneset (Senior researcher at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture)Ep Eding (Senior researcher/lecturer at Wageningen University)


The location of the course is the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Centre of Fisheries and Aquaculture and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture SeaLab, Brattørkaia 17C, 7010 Trondheim, Norway. Full day excursion to an exposed sea-cage salmon farming site and to the aquaculture region of Frøya.


The course commences at 8:30am Monday 19 May 2014 and concludes at 3:00pm Thursday 22 May 2014: Four days including excursion. There is no fee, but participants will need to pay their own travel and accommodation costs.

 


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Previous AQUAEXCEL training courses have been very popular so with numbers limited you are advised to apply early if interested.

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Most Cited Fisheries Research Articles

Most Cited Fisheries Research Articles | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The most cited articles published since 2009, extracted from Scopus. (RT @FisheriesIIM: Yeah!
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A handy check on current awareness..

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What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? - Edudemic

What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? - Edudemic | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
We'll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. We'll be at 3.0 when schools are everywhere and not viewed as daycare.
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It looks like the debate to define Web 3.0 has started and this is a challenging vision for what it might mean for education

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Students: how to use LinkedIn at uni to help you get a job when you graduate

Students: how to use LinkedIn at uni to help you get a job when you graduate | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Getting to grips with LinkedIn while you're still a student is a great way to build contacts
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Good article - look out especially for the last tip on joining and contributing to groups!

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New Year Resolution - Get round to joining EAS!

New Year Resolution - Get round to joining EAS! | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Since 1976, EAS has brought together all those interested in the sustainable deelopment of aquaculture, through its publications, events and its online forum.
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If you aren't already a member of the European Aquaculture Society (or other association affiliated with the World Aquacutlure Society), make it a new year's resolution to apply this week!

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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

Via YSI
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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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Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:22 AM
Water quality monitoring technology ~