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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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John Bostock's curator insight, May 28, 2015 9:47 AM

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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AQUA-TNET Internship Opportunities Inverviews - YouTube

Commercial company representatives are interviewed about their provision of internship opportunities for aquaculture graduates and what the benefits have bee...

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John Bostock's curator insight, December 17, 2014 9:08 AM

New Aqua-tnet video promoting the benefits of internships for companies and students 

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Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer

Generic skills needs for graduate employment in the aquaculture, fisheries and related sectors in Europe - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

There is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers in all advanced industrialised economies. Although most jobs require occupation-specific skills to carry them out, it is widely recognised that generic skills are ever more needed by job seekers, to increase job opportunities and maintain employability; this applies to all sectors of the economy, from selling cars to undertaking marine research. Several recent European Union strategy documents emphasise the importance of generic skills. However, the apparent mismatch between the skills sets that employers seek and that job seekers offer remains a major challenge. This paper focuses on perceptions of and attitudes to generic skills training for university graduates intending to gain employment in aquaculture, fisheries or other marine sectors and presents the results of a survey administered to academics, industry representatives, students (at different stages of their academic career) and graduates. The various respondents regarded most of the 39 generic skills under investigation as important, with none classified as unimportant. However, students undertaking different types of degree (i.e. B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) prioritized different generic skills and the level of importance ascribed to generic skills training increased as students progressed in their university careers. On the other hand, university staff and other employers were fairly consistent in their choice of the most important generic skills. We argue that there remains a need to place generic skills and employability attributes and attitudes at the centre of the higher education curriculum.


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John Bostock's curator insight, October 7, 2014 6:33 AM

Another great and timely output from the AQUA-TNET project (sorry I'm biased...!)

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Evaluation on the use of e-learning tools to support teaching and learning in aquaculture and aquatic sciences education - Online First - Springer

Evaluation on the use of e-learning tools to support teaching and learning in aquaculture and aquatic sciences education - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

The study aimed to capture a snapshot of the status of educational means used in teaching and learning in the area of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management at European level, with specific consideration on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and e-learning tools. To achieve this goal, an online survey was compiled and made available to teachers and students across Europe. In total, teachers from 31 institutions and students from 40 institutions participated in this survey. This paper presents the findings, considers trends and poses further questions for sector stakeholders to help in the development of future programmes and support. In summary, it can be concluded that few teachers have a comprehensive knowledge of the wide range of ICT tools available and can make use of e-learning tools with complete confidence. There is therefore a real and urgent need to “train the trainers” to use ICT in their teaching environments. From the students’ end, there is a strong desire to learn more about the application of e-learning tools and to use them in their learning process.


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John Bostock's curator insight, September 29, 2014 11:07 AM

A third article from the AQUA-TNET project examining the use of information and communication technologies and digital media in aquaculture education across Europe.

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Herramientas de e-learning Aplicadas a Nuestra Vida #eduvm

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Aqua-tnet The Voyage so Far (1996-2014) - YouTube

Short video about the Aqua-tnet EC Erasmus lifelong learning thematic network for aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources - from its inception in 1996 to date...


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John Bostock's curator insight, August 9, 2014 1:44 PM

The Aqua-tnet video produced by AquaTT and premièred at the Aqua-tnet Annual Meeting in Malta is now available to view on YouTube

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AQUA-TNET Annual Meeting | 26-27 June 2014, St Julian's Bay, Malta

AQUA-TNET Annual Meeting | 26-27 June 2014, St Julian's Bay, Malta | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Preparations are now at an advanced stage for both the Aqua-tnet annual meeting (26-27th June) and the Workshop on Digital Teaching Skill which immediately precedes it (24-25th June). If you are planning to attend, or simply wish to stay in touch with what is happening and contribute to the discussions please use the twitter hashtag #aquatnet and/or join our Facebook group: - http://www.facebook.com/groups/aquatnet/


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John Bostock's curator insight, June 5, 2014 7:35 AM

Just 3 weeks to the Aqua-tnet annual meeting!

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter, January 2014

AQUA-TNET Newsletter, January 2014 | Aquaculture Directory | 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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John Bostock's curator insight, February 5, 2014 1:05 PM

Hopefully something interesting for everyone here!

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter: October 2013

AQUA-TNET Newsletter: October 2013 | Aquaculture Directory | 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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John Bostock's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:35 PM

Please distribute this to your colleagues or student groups

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Investing in the human capital of the aquatic food sector: AQUA-TNET and the road ahead - Online First - Springer

Investing in the human capital of the aquatic food sector: AQUA-TNET and the road ahead - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

By John Bostock & Sónia Seixas.

Global aquaculture production now provides around 50 % of human seafood consumption and with expected population growth and increased per capita seafood consumption, production is expected to rise from the current 63 million tonnes to almost 100 million tonnes by 2030. In contrast, aquaculture production in the European Union is relatively low, having more or less stagnated since 2000, despite the EU being the largest global importer of seafood. However, a new strategy for aquaculture development is in place with every EU Member State committed to preparing a national plan. This will involve greater focus on current constraints and issues that need to be overcome through innovation and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. This will require the input of research, knowledge exchange and human capacity building. The AQUA-TNET thematic network for lifelong learning in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management has brought together European organisations engaged in these activities since it first started in 1996. This paper aims to present some of the analyses and thinking of that network in relation to the role of education and training in strengthening the human capital of the European aquaculture sector as a contribution to overall sector development. The approach is therefore that of a review article, drawing on a diverse range of previous work to identify themes and trends to help inform future research and activities. Further and higher education institutions play a partial but nonetheless significant role in aquaculture sector development. When considering future contributions to the sector, account needs to be taken of the changes taking place within the tertiary education sector as new technologies, global competition and government policies challenge the status quo of current organisation and practice. Though these present risks, they also offer considerable opportunities to build new collaborations, adopt new patterns of teaching and learning and perhaps apply new frameworks for accrediting learning and skills that could benefit the aquaculture sector. With funding from the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme for AQUA-TNET having come to an end in 2014, future work of the network in promoting and enabling innovation will need to be reconfigured around other types of sector organisations. It may also be the right time to look towards a more global platform for aquaculture education and knowledge exchange.


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John Bostock's curator insight, May 18, 2015 11:30 AM

The final article in the Aquaculture International AQUA-TNET special edition is now available from Springer - looking more to the future of both education and aqua-tnet.

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AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education - Online First - Springer

AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

By Margaret Eleftheriou, Marieke Reuver, John Bostock, Patrick Sorgeloos & Jean Dhont

 

The long-running higher education network AQUA-TNET, a tightly-knit collaboration of university departments, research institutes and other stakeholders from the aquaculture industry, was established in 1996 by AQUATT, a coordinating partner in the SOCRATES-ERASMUS Thematic Network DEMETER led by ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities). Later, AQUA-TNET activities continued under an umbrella organisation, the AFANET Thematic Network. Previous work on accreditation in European aquaculture courses carried out by AQUA-TNET’s first coordinator, the UETP (University Enterprise Training Partnership) AQUATT enabled the fledging network of 15 partners to publish details of aquaculture courses in all its 15 member countries and to focus on issues soon to be raised as part of the emergent Bologna Process (1999). AQUA-TNET’s ground-breaking work in educational reforms led to its steady expansion, with the result that in 2005 it was established as a stand-alone ERASMUS Thematic Network. Its achievements from 2005 to 2011 under the coordination of Gent University (Belgium) and from 2011 to 2014 of the University of Stirling (UK), demonstrate the incremental impact of AQUA-TNET’s long-term activities. AQUA-TNET played a leading co-operative role between higher education institutions, further education providers, research institutions and industry, defining and developing a high-quality European dimension within its academic disciplines. Activities included contributions to Bologna priorities such as student and staff mobility (M.Sc. and Ph.D. online portals detailing all members’ courses); development of innovative M.Sc., Ph.D., HE/VET and Lifelong Learning (LLL) programmes; organisation of hands-on workshops on new technologies (e-learning, ICT); identification of flexible pathways for lifelong learners (EQF and ECVET); developing diversified language learning for HE; excellent online forum (www.aquatnet.com) disseminating comprehensive information to all stakeholders, including industry.

 


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John Bostock's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:40 PM

Here it is... the concise but definitive history of Aqua-tnet ! 

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The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET - Online First - Springer

The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The ERASMUS academic network AQUA-TNET, prompted by reports of a lack of concern regarding language training provision for exchange students which had been raised in successive European Universities Association Trends reports, carried out a detailed examination of the language training provided by its partners for exchange students through its Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity (LLLD) group. The group carried out several European-wide surveys to ascertain whether the reported lack of concern was also evident in the AQUA-TNET partnership. The results of these surveys reveal some disparity between staff and student perceptions of language provision for exchange students. The group also investigated the incidence of English as the main delivery language for aquatic science courses, as well as the need for language provision at the basic rather than the intermediate or advanced level, as advocated by the academic sector. The AQUA-TNET LLLD group’s activities were responsible for several studies and reports used to inform or update the network on developments relevant to their language learning policies: desk study on marine science courses in the AQUA-TNET network; review of European schools’ language (and science) policies; reports on EUROPASS, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the use of the Internet for delivery of multilingual language learning. The needs analysis derived from the student survey on online language course provision led to changes in the chosen online language course.

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 29, 2014 11:24 AM

Another valuable output from the AQUA-TNET project on linguistic diversity and language learning linked with aquaculture and aquatic science student mobility 

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Positioning lifelong learning in aquaculture: challenges and opportunities - Online First - Springer

Positioning lifelong learning in aquaculture: challenges and opportunities - Online First - Springer | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Lifelong learning has been one of the building blocks of the Bologna Process since 1999. The Thematic network AQUA-TNET (Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management TN—2008–2011—142245-LLP-1-2008-1-BE-ERASMUS-ENW) in its response to each development has made a significant contribution to the network members’ knowledge and understanding of the different aspects concerned in the provision of university lifelong learning. Various definitions and interpretations of the concept led to relatively slow implementation of lifelong learning in many European universities; however, the EUA European Universities Charter of Lifelong Learning Surveys undertaken by AQUA-TNET showed that the AQUA-TNET approach has successfully incentivised its partners, since a higher percentage of AQUA-TNET partners (54 %) have a LLL strategy in place than the HE organisations surveyed by the EUA (average 39 %).

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:57 AM

Here's a second great article detailing the contribution of AQUA-TNET to lifelong learning opportunities in aquaculture

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Aqua-tnet resource links | Diigo - Groups

Aqua-tnet resource links | Diigo - Groups | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Aqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management. The network is presently funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, running from 2011-2014 (www.aquatnet.com).

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 17, 2014 11:25 AM

Time for a quick reminder about our Aqua-tnet group on Diigo - join to share new web bookmarks or discuss web resources relevant to teaching and learning especially in the fields of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management.

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AQUA-TNET News - March 2014

AQUA-TNET News - March 2014 | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

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. 


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John Bostock's curator insight, March 29, 2014 11:50 AM

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.

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter December 2013

AQUA-TNET Newsletter December 2013 | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

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


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John Bostock's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:10 AM

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