Work Package 5 - Innovation in Teaching Methods

Coordination and monitoring: by John Bostock, Institute of Aquaculture (University of Stirling)

Aim: Enhancing the quality of teaching through identification and promotion of best practice and enabling further innovation through collaboration and use of ICT.

This WP will build on the work carried out between 2005-08, which identified current trends and developed a set of resources to help institutions implement innovatory teaching methods and better share learner resources. From this a number of areas have emerged that deserve greater development. These particularly concern the potential synergies between college and life-long learning; the use of case studies and problem-based learning; and the increasing demand for personalised and on-demand learning for the sector. Further work is needed to establish more flexible models for collaboration that will help accelerate innovation within the sector.

The WP is focused primarily on supporting the EU strategy for sustainable development of aquaculture by improving capacity for innovation through human resource development. It also aims to stimulate specific actions in the aquatic resources sector that will help to achieve EU policy on the development of lifelong learning opportunities and the better use of ICT for improving the quality and access to higher education.

Main Objectives:
Evolving teaching methods
A.    Carry out a survey of network members to characterise current teaching and assessment methods used, existing interactions with external stakeholders, and to detect trends and identify activity and interest in developing and implementing innovative approaches
B.    Work with stakeholder groups to identify means of improving teaching and assessment in the light of different stakeholder needs, especially where these are perceived to be changing
C.    Identify examples of innovative approaches for dissemination to the network membership

Utilising new tools
D.    Strengthen guidance and support for members to adopt new ICT tools for collaboration that also help improve quality of learning and widen access
E.    Investigate the potential for, and subsequently develop a framework to allow member institutions to swap or share new digital materials and develop joint course offerings
F.    Encourage, monitor and disseminate trials of ICT mediated learning - particularly the use of mobile devices and greater use of video and audio streaming or on-demand access.

Enhancing linkages and collaborations between teachers and learners
G.    Linking with WP6,  investigate models for re-using digital teaching materials and ICT mediated teaching effort for formal, non-formal and informal learning provision within the broader context of lifelong learning. In particular the potential for flexible e-learning communities where contributions from lifelong learners are encouraged, valued and integrated in ways that enhance the value for all learners
H.    Develop other ways of using ICT to link students with the workplace (both industry and research) to the benefit of all parties
I.    Outline ways of increasing interdisciplinary awareness and skills through collaborative exercises, case studies and simulations

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