Publication: Linking credit systems and qualifications frameworks - An international comparative analysis“The launches of the European qualifications framework (EQF) in 2008 and the European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) in 2009 prompted examination of experiences with similar tools in Europe and in other countries. Following European recommendations on both of these, implementation in national, regional and sectoral contexts started. Cedefop felt the need for both an overview and a critical analysis of national and European developments on credit systems or similar mechanisms, qualifications frameworks and the relationships between the two.” To read the full report online please click here
A new impetus for European cooperation in Vocational Education and Training to support the Europe 2020 strategy – Communication from the European Commission“Validation of non-formal and informal learning provides pathways for up-skilling and reintegration of people to the labour market. The adoption of an outcomes-based approach for vocational qualifications, as promoted by the EQF and ECVET, is key to achieving this: it must become embedded in all parts of the E&T system.” To read the full communication please click here
The VALLA Tool and methodology showcased at the 7th International Hands On Science Conference, Rethymnon, Crete, 25-30th July 2010 "Bringing hands-on active learning of science into the classroom", the major aim of the International Hands-On Science Network, is also a contributory part of the EU 2020 Strategic Framework for Vocational Education, which is designed to cover all aspects and levels of lifelong learning. Innovative teaching methods can all too readily be dismissed if they fail to come up with acceptable credible assessment instruments which can be included in National Qualification Frameworks.
Mrs M.Eleftheriou's presentation focused on the growing pressure on educational institutions, even at secondary level, to define units of work in terms of learning outcomes. This task can impose a heavy burden on the staff involved. The VALLA (Validation of Lifelong Learning in Aquaculture) Tool and methodology, which can be used in any subject area, provide an excellent solution in this situation. There is growing interest in the usefulness of the VALLA Tool across different subject areas. The paper can be accessed at http://www.clab.edc.uoc.gr/hsci2010/
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Highlights of the July 2010 issue:
- Exhibition and Workshops: Asian Aquaculture Network, 3-5 September 2010, Vijayawada (India)
- Workshop: Asian Aquaculture Network Exhibition and Workshops, 3-5 September 2010, Vijayawada (India)
- Workshop: Digital Imaging in Fisheries Biology (DigiFish), 20-23 September 2010, Pisek (Czech Republic)
- Workshop: NFI 2010 West Coast Seafood Sensory, 13-14 October 2010, California (USA)
- Workshop: Allocated Zones for Aquaculture (AZA) WGSC-SHoCMed, 18-20 October 2010, Sevilla (Spain)
- Workshop: New approaches for assessing the impacts of non-native freshwater fishes in the Mediterranean region, 26-29 October 2010, Mugla (Turkey)
- Short course: Marine Planning, 6-9 September 2010, Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
- Short Course: Aquatic Invasive Species, 6-9 September 2010, Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
- Short Course: Marine Taxonomy and Habitat Survey, dates to be announced, Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
- Short Course: Freshwater Fish Ecology, dates to be announced, Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
- Short course: Aquatic Invasive Species, 6-9 September 2010, Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
- Short course: Aquafeed Platform 2010, 8-9 November 2010, Ghent (Belgium)
- Course: Molecular biology in the field of aquaculture, 26 July - 4 August 2010, Szent Istvan University, (Hungary)
- Course: eLearning Course on Aquatic Animal Health, 26 July - 17 December, 2010 (Online)
- Course: Aquatic Seed Production, 30 August – 17 September 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Introduction to Marine Data for Young Scientists, 6-10 September 2010, Oostende (Belgium)
- Course: Basic Marine Data Management, 13-24 September 2010, Oostende (Belgium)
- Course: Bivalve Shellfish Safety Management, 27 September - 1 October 2010, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
- Course: Wetland Ecosystem Management, 27 September – 8 October 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Coastal and Inland Aquaculture, 11-22 October 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, 11-22 October 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Writing for professional publications (Marine Information Management), 22-26 October 2010, Oostende (Belgium)
- Course: Principles of Integrated Coastal Management, 8-25 November 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Water Quality & Aquatic Animal Health Management, 8-28 November 2010, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- Course: Reproductive Endocrinology of the Fish, 15-26 November 2010, Montevideo (Uruguay)
- Training: International Interdisciplinary Field Training of Marine Robotics and Applications, 27 September – 3 October 2010, Murter (Croatia)
- Training: Opening the box: Stock assessment and fisheries advice for stakeholders, NGOs and policy-makers, 5-7 October 2010, ICES Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Training: Good Practice Stakeholder Participation with a focus on the environment, 18-21 October 2010, Kent (United Kingdom)
- Training: Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries - monitoring, evaluation resource use and fisheries impact, 1-19 November 2010, Wageningen, (Netherlands)
- Training: Marine Algae Culture: Techniques, Uses and Development Perspectives, 22-26 November 2010, Zaragoza (Spain)
- Training: New online and in-house training courses, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling (UK)
- Training courses: Emergency response, Inland waterways plus more, Aberdeenshire (United Kingdom) Maritime Rescue Institiute
- Certificate program: Leadership for marine sustainability, (Online)
- MSc: Marine Spatial Planning, Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom)
- MSc: Aquaculture Enterprise and Technology (AET), Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
- MSc: Tropical Coastal Management (TCM), Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
- MSc: International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC), Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
- Msc in Aquaculture and Msc in Aquatic Animal Health, University of Thessaly (Greece)
- MSc: Fishery and Aquaculture Management and Economics, August 2010, Nha Trang University (Vietnam)
- MSc: Degree Marine Biology, October 2010, University College Cork (Ireland)
- MSc: Marine Aquaculture, 18 October 2010 - 31 May 2011, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
- Msc: Aquaculture and Msc in Aquatic Animal Health, University of Thessaly (Greece)
- PhD courses: The Graduate Research School in Genomic Ecology, GENECO, 25 August 2010, Lund (Sweden)
- PhD course: Strategic behaviour in fisheries: application of coalition games, 6-10 September 2010, Helsinki (Finland)
- Ph.D. course: Physical and biochemical methods for analysis of fish as food, 22-26 November 2010, Lyngby (Denmark)
- PhD course: The Economics of Marine Resources: Ecological-Economic Modelling and Management of the Marine Environment, 24-28 January 2011, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, (Denmark)
- PhD and Post Doc opportunities in Europe with Marie Curie Actions
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