Australian schools invited to join voyage exploring marine debris management

 

Fiji-based Ocean Ambassadors invites Australian schools to voyage with them on marine debris management programs

With the rising sea levels and ocean debris a threat to our oceans and low-lying islands, a Canadian organised ocean conservation company, Ocean Ambassadors, is providing opportunities for 400 students a year to participate in week long educational voyagers around Fiji. Read more

New IOL Outdoor Learning Research website

The Institute for Outdoor Learning, based in Cumbria, United Kingdom, has launched a new website dedicated to research showing the benefits of outdoor learning to individuals and society.

The new website which can be found here features:

Research Reports – evolving research and practice development in outdoor learning.

Research Hubs – a network of academics and practitioners discussing and evaluating research in outdoor learning.

Article Archives from Horizons Magazine – FREE access to search, view and download articles on outdoor learning and related topics from this key outdoor practitioners magazine, going back nearly 15 years. That’s over 500 articles – and counting….!

Six Challenges for the Next Decade – what it means for our youth

Future Agenda: Six Challenges for the Next Decade

Released in December 2016, this timely book from Caroline Dewing and Tim Jone provides globally researched, expert opinions on what challenges the future holds.

 

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Student Outcomes & Natural Schooling Report

Student Outcomes & Natural Schooling – a Pathways from Evidence to Impact Report 2016  looks at 21 inter/national school-based outdoor learning case studies from 11 countries – highlighting challenges and opportunities, and making recommendations for improving delivery and evaluation of programmes. Executive summary is below. Full report can be downloaded here.

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NOEC 2018 will be on from 9 to 12 April in Tasmania

Outdoor Education Australia‘s next biennial National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) will be held on Hobart’s iconic waterfront at The Hotel Grand Chancellor from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 April 2018.

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6 Emotional Highs Identified in Adult Experiental Learning

In the November 2016 edition of Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Sandris Zeivots of the University of Technology Sydney, reveals the findings of his study with 15 adults in the emotional highs and benefits of Experiential Learning.

 

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NOEC 2016 celebrated Australia’s OE Community

NOEC 2016, held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, the week after Easter was a huge success according to OEA Chaiperson, James McIntosh.

Many delegates were forthcoming in thanking the organisers, OEAQ, for the collective effort that had gone into making it a substantial event.

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The Australian Outdoor Education Leadership Survey closing soon

A research study aimed at identifying the knowledge, skill and practical experience required of outdoor education leaders in Australia is currently underway.

Doctoral researcher, David Marsden from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, is calling on outdoor professionals from organisations that provide services to schools to participate in the Australian Outdoor Education Leadership Survey.  If you are an outdoor leader, educator, guide, instructor, coordinator or manager working in any context from residential camping to international expeditions then the survey is targeted at you.
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University of the Sunshine Coast offers new double degree in Secondary Education, Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.

Aspiring physical education teachers with a passion for the outdoors can now pursue their career path in a brand new double degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC’s new Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies will prepare students to teach health and physical education (HPE) in secondary schools, in addition to opening up career pathways in outdoor education centres, adventure tourism and ecotourism. Read more

ORIC buoyed by renewed energy for the organisation and industry.

 

ORIC’s Annual Outdoor Industry Conference, held in late August 2015 and attended by 180+ people from South Australia, Victoria and NSW, reconfirmed the value of this annual L&D event and true to its theme, Evolution in the Outdoors, outlined advancement within the organisation and positive outcomes for the sector. Read more