The course consists of 10 modules spread over a 16 week block; a semester. These modules include online delivery of content plus 2 weeks of practical experience spread throughout the programme. Students in the past have gained college credit (4 credits). In developing this programme, EDA has been evolving into a programme that can be modified to meet curriculum requirements stipulated by the hosting school or college, thereby making EDA a more flexible programme that can reach a wider audience, even at the International level. The programme has met the following requirements to meet the specifications listed so far:
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) Standards for Vocational Agriculture for the State of Connecticut, USA
- Supervised Agricultural (Aquaculture) Experience (SAE) credit hours for students fulfilling lab and practical time
- College level Aquaculture credit through the Community College Network in the State of Connecticut. High school students can earn college credit on completion of this blended course as a science elective option
- Credit for module and 2 week work experience completed under the European Creditsystem for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), for Netherlands towards Vocational Diploma Level 3 and 4
The delivery of the course is currently through Canvas Learning Management System and it is accessible in all regions. Other LMS or VLE include Blackboard for the college level and also Moodle.
The course has been designed so it allows all students to be active participants in the programme using interactive instructional tools: there are discussions, real-time communications, group analysis of current topics of discussion and research, as well as sharing of knowledge and experiences. Assignments consist of weekly feedback video recording to track student progress as well as highlight areas of interest or new challenges along the way. Students are expected to complete a more in-depth report or study of specific areas of interest especially those targeting their school requirements and work-relevant experience to show skills and knowledge acquired throughout this programme.
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2014- US Students complete field experience at Fish Camp, Auburn University, Alabama. Students gained 4 College Credits after completing course and a certificate and Supervised Aquaculture Experience (SAE) 30 hours on project and field work.
2015- US students present at the first Student Conference at Scottish Salmon Festival, UHI, Inverness; Students also visit farm sites and fish processing factory at Marine Harvest, Fort William. Students gained 4 College Credits, SAE 30 hours towards graduation and a certificate.
2016- Dutch Students complete two week work-experience with The Scottish Salmon Company, Isle of Mull. Module was designed to meet the specifications laid out in the ECVET curriculum. Students also completed their Training Certification in Basic Sea Survival Training, which is a requirement for working in the industry and valid for life.
As part of staff continuous professional development, Elizabeth and Pam keep current with field training and attend workshops to keep current with educational developments in the sector that also allows them to work alongside the students.