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Innovation and educational changes: two e-Learning cases in aquaculture

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In this paper, we investigate the potential changes that education innovation can bring to education and training in aquaculture. When introducing Information and Communication Technology methods into new educational contexts, situations and/or practices, in the process teacher/practitioners will almost always make use of innovatory technology which in itself can lead to a measure of change within the relevant educational system. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that the use of technology is not an end in itself, its use is only justified as a tool to achieve the educational goals that have been set. It is in this spirit that two case studies are presented from current aquaculture curricula, which make use of innovative teaching methodology in the form of e-Learning: one case study is from the Open University (Universidade Aberta) in Portugal [distance teaching in a Master’s programme (Second Cycle)]; the second is from the NAFC Marine Centre, Scottish Qualifications Authority accredited courses in Scotland, UK. We report the pedagogical models on which these courses were built, the tools required to achieve the intended educational objectives and the teaching and learning resources used. We also report the creative stimulus inherent in the innovation processes that allowed the two teachers/instructors to achieve the same, or better, results than traditional teacher-led classroom methods, by using a technology-enhanced teaching process without the need for face-to-face interaction.

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Abbreviations

FAO:

UN Food and Agriculture Organisation

ICT:

Information and Communication Technology

IT Staff:

Information Technology Staff

HE:

High Education

LMP:

Learning Management Platform

PDF:

Portable Document Format

SCORM:

Sharable Content Object Reference Model

SQA:

Scottish Qualifications Authority

WebCT:

Web Course Tools

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The authors wish to acknowledge ‘Margaret Eleftheriou’.

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Seixas, S., Saravanan, S. & Gonçalves, S. Innovation and educational changes: two e-Learning cases in aquaculture. Aquacult Int 23, 843–859 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10499-014-9850-y

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Keywords

  • Aquaculture
  • Educational change
  • Educational innovation
  • e-Learning
  • ICT tools