LACFC CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE APPROVAL PROCEDURES AND FORM

For courses offered during the Latin America and Caribbean Congress on Monday, May 15, 2023 – in Cancun, Mexico. The objective of the LACFC Continuing Education Program, administered by the Professional Development Committee, is to provide attendees with quality opportunities to develop their expertise throughout their careers as fisheries professionals.

Course Proposal & Approval Procedures: Please review the following form carefully, and provide thorough and succinct responses to all requested information.

Note: This form is the primary means by which the conference planning committee evaluates your proposal. Much like a well-constructed abstract enhances a scientific paper, a thoughtful, informative, well-prepared application attests to the quality of the proposed CE offering. The Course Committee will review forms for completeness. If more information is needed, the CEC Chair will send anonymous reviewer comments, suggestions, and questions to the Course Proposer. If the committee’s approval is contingent upon implementing suggested revisions, the Course Proposer will submit a revised Course Approval Form to the Course Contact within two weeks of being notified of the committee’s decision. Conference staff will notify the Course Proposer of the committee’s final decision.

Program Evaluation: All continuing education courses will include an evaluation, to be completed by participants after the course. Conference staff will provide standard evaluation questions; course instructors may add additional questions as needed.

Course Contact: Lauren Maza, Director of Member Programs, [email protected]

Continuing Education Submission Form

Course Proposer

Name(Required)
Address

Course Details

i.e., AFS Chapter/Section/Division, Agency, University
Delivery Method
PROGRAM CODES/COURSE INSTRUCTION CATEGORY (check all that apply):
Briefly describe the topic(s) to be covered and the instructional methods that will be employed during the activity/program. Active instructional methods are strongly encouraged and should be identified. Standard: The content and instructional methodologies are consistent with the objectives or learning outcomes, sequenced to facilitate learning and permit opportunities for the learner to participate and receive feedback. Example: Participants will learn to manipulate data in the program to complete the exercises; active discussions will incorporate problem solving techniques that participants will be able to apply upon returning to the home station.
Clearly identify the learning gap that will be addressed by the planned program/activity for participants, their supervisors, their organization and/or profession. Discuss what changes or advancements in technology that have occurred and the relevancy of the planned program/activity to address the changes to participants. Take into consideration other complementary and competitive courses. Clearly identify the target audience (example: new employees, mid-level professionals, administrators, etc). Standard: The program is planned in response to [the identified needs] of a [target audience] and needs assessment if applicable, [for professionals at a given level] in [the organization].
Briefly state how individual performances relate to intended learning outcomes will be assessed/measured. Standard: Procedures established during program planning are used, when applicable, to measure the achievement of intended learning outcomes specified for the program/activity as they relate to changes in learner’s knowledge, skills, or attitudes. Examples of assessment tools/activities: performance demonstration under real or simulated conditions, written or oral examinations, written reports, completion of a project, self-assessment, or locally or externally developed standardization examinations.
The 60-minute clock hour is used as the contact hour. Coffee breaks, lunches, etc. are not included. Field trips (minus travel and other administrative time) may be considered for contact hours. The following and similar activities are not included when calculating the number of contact hours: -Time for study, assigned reading, and other related activities, outside the classroom or meeting schedule. -Meeting time devoted to business of committee activities. -Meeting time devoted to announcements, welcoming speeches, or organizational reports. Please include a syllabus or topical outline with time allocations. Time Schedule Example: Day 1 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Topic name 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Topic name Total Number of Contact Hours: ____________
Please provide any additional information the Continuing Education Committee may find relevant or useful in evaluating your course proposal.
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