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

Seixas, Sónia, Dove, Clive, Ueberschär, Bernd, Bostock, John
Aquaculture international 2015 v.23 no.3 pp. 825-841
aquaculture, communications technology, educational status, fisheries, learning, online courses, stakeholders, students, surveys, teachers, Europe
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.