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Aqu@teach—the first aquaponics curriculum to be developed specifically for university students

Aqu@teach—the first aquaponics curriculum to be developed specifically for university students

Milliken, Sarah ORCID: 0000-0001-7151-8753, Ovca, Andrej ORCID: 0000-0001-7465-948X, Antenen, Nadine, Villarroel, Morris ORCID: 0000-0003-2542-3985, Bulc, Tjaša Griessler, Kotzen, Benz and Junge, Ranka ORCID: 0000-0002-6612-4263 (2021) Aqu@teach—the first aquaponics curriculum to be developed specifically for university students. Horticulturae, 7 (2):18. ISSN 2311-7524 (Print), 2073-4441 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7020018)

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Abstract

Aquaponic food production requires a broad spectrum of knowledge in order to understand and manage the processes involved, and for commercial aquaponics to develop its full potential, it will require an appropriately trained workforce. Devised in collaboration as an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for Higher Education, Aqu@teach covers the basics of aquaponics with a focus on transferable and entrepreneurial skills. The aquaponics curriculum can either be taught using blended learning—combining digital media and the internet with classroom formats that require the physical co-presence of the teacher and students—or as an e-learning course. The supplementary entrepreneurial skills module was devised on the basis of two surveys: of aquaponics companies around the world, in order to get a broad overview of the skills that are important in the early years of a business; and of European higher education institutions that teach subjects where aquaponics could be incorporated as an optional module. The entrepreneurial skills curriculum introduces the main processes involved in developing a business idea into a start-up company. All of the Aqu@teach resources—the e-learning modules, textbooks, module guides for students, curriculum guides for teachers, best practice guide for teaching aquaponics, and toolbox of innovative didactic practices—are open access.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: open access curriculum, aquaponics, higher education, e-learning, transferable skills, entrepreneurial skills
Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 00:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31070

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