The Global Education Committee (GEC) of SETAC exists to develop, plan and coordinate activities that are intended to provide specialized training, outreach, and continuing education in the subject areas of the environmental sciences that comprise SETAC. These subject areas include the foundational topics of environmental chemistry and toxicology, but expand as well as to ecotoxicology, risk assessment, sustainability, and other emerging disciplines.
The GEC serves as a catalyst and in a facilitating role to empower members from the Geographic Units (GUs) to design, produce, and deliver educational opportunities in various fora including short-courses at sanctioned meetings, webinars, eLearning platforms, special lectures, and other formats that can satisfy the learning objectives.
Additionally, the GEC wishes to instill in those offering learning opportunities to tailor their presentations around effective pedagogical structures including: motivation, exposition, direction of activity, criticism, and inviting imitation (for expanded descriptions of each, see http://edtechnow.net/2013/05/12/pedagogy/ as accessed in March 2016).
The GEC will function in an advisory role only – that is, it will not make final decisions on offerings as that responsibility will remain with the Program Committees, Science Committees, and others (e.g., Boards, SWC) that might be charged with authorization and oversight responsibilities.
There can be merit in both top-down and bottom-up guidance. There are situations in which members know that they would benefit from receiving specific training opportunities; in other situations, late-career members may see a need for capacity building to meet emerging needs. The GEC is committed to honoring initiatives from either perspective.
To that end, the GEC will help members who propose learning opportunities tailor their offerings, not only to conform to effective pedagogical structure, but also attempt to leverage interests by coordinating offerings with the theme of annual meetings or other emerging interests with the GUs as well as the directions signalled through the SETAC World Council.
The GEC will compile a list of topics being suggested for the various GUs and will serve as a liaison to the Education Committees of the respective GUs. In the liaison capacity, the GEC will help establish networks among those offering learning opportunities with the hope of strengthening efforts through the sharing of best practices. Ultimately, the GEC hopes to have a tabulation of all offerings, along with comments as to what was most effective, what was only marginally effective, and what was not successful (at least at the time and place it was offered).
Members proposing learning opportunities will be expected to provide strong rationale for their offering. The GEC will be available to assist members in their effort to build a strong rationale.
Equally important, each initiative will require an appropriate level of justification in terms of the associated budget. This means, making the case for the monetary need (both cash outlay and expected in-kind support from SETAC administration), fees to be charged, and range of expected enrollees.
Larry Kapustka (Chair, North America)
Michelle Embry (Liaison to the Global Partners, North America)
Beatrice Opeolu (Africa)
Cybele Collins (North America)
Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald (Latin America)
Richard Erickson (North America)
Silke Bollmohr (Africa)
Youn-Joo An (Asia/Pacific)
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