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Blended learning for fishing masters

As the world of online learning grows, the Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is following suit.SEN L CBED

This fall, the institute’s Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) unit is continuing the expansion of its online Fishing Masters deliverables to include chartwork and pilotage level II courses. Not only are these courses a requirement for the Fishing Masters III program, but they are also required by watchkeeping officers in the commercial shipping industry.

MI is progressing with the online development of other Transport Canada courses required for Fishing Masters training which will be ready for online delivery in 2015. These courses include ship construction and stability level II, communications level I and general ship knowledge level I.

Radar Plot CBEDThe online training provided by Memorial’s Desire2 Learn program will allow continuous intake of students into courses, enabling them to complete the work at their own pace. MI faculty member, Roger Bath will act as the facilitator by guiding the students through the coursework. Bath has been leading the development and delivery of online courses for Fishing Masters since the pilot project began in 2010-11.

CBED director, Craig Parsons has been the driving force behind the expansion of online delivery for the Fishing Masters program.

“The online method of delivery provides a more flexible and self-paced program that reduces the demand of cost and time for the harvester,” explained Parsons.

While MI has made advancements in online delivery, some training for the fishing masters programs are still conducted through classroom instruction including simulated electronic navigation, marine emergency duties and radio operations. The combination of classroom and online instruction is an ideal blended learning approach to education delivery.

Online courses commence on October 20th and the Marine Institute will be accepting applications on a continuous enrollment basis, for further information please contact the Marine Institute at (709) 778-0623 or cbed@mi.mun.ca.