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Angling NPA – CPD event

6214425416_e09d359c1f_oFollowing a very successful CPD day at the SRUC Oatridge Campus on the 31st of January, teachers from the pilot schools have been actively sharing their learning resources as requested, marking the ‘embryogenesis’ of a new collaborative learning community to support the delivery of NPA Angling qualifications in Scotland. Currently, the NPA in Angling and Aquatic Environments is being delivered by 5 Secondary Schools in Scotland during a pilot phase, supported by the Angling Development Board of Scotland (ADBoS) Angling Coaches, and the SRUC Barony campus ICT technical staff and sport fishery subject experts.

The day began with a full exploration of the aims of the collaboration between ADBoS, SRUC and Secondary Schools, emphasising the unique nature of this partnership and its national ambition. Expansion will be necessary in order to satisfy the high demand from schools. The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) was demonstrated to schools, enabling teachers to be able to access the teachers area to access as well as deposit learning resources. Each school can move resources from the teachers area in to its own learners area, in order to present them with interactive learning opportunities.

The group of over twenty teachers and several Angling Coaches were told of the early successes some schools had had using the interactive drag and drop learning exercises, such as the naming of the fins of a fish and fish lifecycles. More of these type of resources are under development, including a fish identification tool , called ‘Fishapedia’.

In the afternoon a discussion was held on the teaching approaches for the Aquatic Environment Unit with a particular emphasis on the identification of plants, plankton and aquatic invertebrates. Further CPD sessions are being planned for later in the academic year, and will address the development of teachers basic angling skills and knowledge.

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