AQU@TEACH was a 30-month Strategic Partnership for Higher Education (2017-1-UK01-KA203-036663) funded by Erasmus+, the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. The partnership comprised five partners from four countries: University of Greenwich (UK), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Technical, University of Madrid (Spain), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Biotechnical Centre Naklo (Slovenia)
The curriculum has been designed to equip students with expert knowledge and skills, as well as digital, entrepreneurial and transferable skills. Given the multidisciplinary nature of aquaponics, it can be taught as an optional module in a wide variety of different degree courses, including agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, aquaculture, and ecological engineering. Indeed, catering for the variety of backgrounds of the potential students was one of the greatest challenges that the partnership faced when developing AQU@TEACH.
The curriculum was designed using a Toolbox of Innovative Didactic Practices intended to encourage a mixture of student dialogue and collaboration, autonomy, critical thinking, and creativity. It was pilot tested at each of the five partner institutions, with students studying very different disciplines: landscape architecture (Greenwich), agricultural engineering (Madrid), natural resource sciences (Zurich), sanitary engineering (Ljubljana) and horticulture (Naklo). The pilot run was evaluated on the basis of comprehensive student feedback on each individual module and on the various teaching and learning methods used, as well as self-evaluation by the tutors, and the textbook and online activities were then revised accordingly. The lessons learnt have been developed into the Teaching Aquaponics: Best Practice Guide which provides instructors with fresh ideas for achieving the best educational results when teaching an interdisciplinary subject which requires high-quality knowledge in diverse fields as well as the specifics of interdisciplinary integration.
Copyright © Partners of the Aqu@teach Project. Aqu@teach is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Higher Education (2017-2020) led by the University of Greenwich, in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), the Technical University of Madrid (Spain), the University of Ljubljana and the Biotechnical Centre Naklo (Slovenia).