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Degrees of success: Meeting professional standards through distance e-learning

Dr Richard Thain, Anthony Jenks, Andrew McNeill, Don Ventura

 

Within the global hydrographic survey business generally and in the

offshore oil and gas industry in particular, there is a recognised

shortage of appropriately qualified, experienced and accredited

personnel.  Education for those wishing to enter the hydrographic

survey, positioning and inspection fields is presently only available

on a full-time basis at a very limited selection of academic

institutions, and delivery methods customarily favoured by the these

institutions and the professional accreditation bodies are traditional

full-time classroom based tuition with a selection of short practical

sessions.  There is no clear point of entry to the industry for

school-leavers, and accreditation by the professional bodies is

difficult to achieve for the existing workforce.  These current

issues, combined with industry concerns over the future supply of

qualified surveyors, has resulted in development of the Hydrographic

Academy at theUniversityofPlymouth, a collaborative education

project between academia, industry (Fugro) and the Royal Navy.  This

project employs some of the latest concepts and technology in distance

and online learning to meet the training and education needs of the

hydrographic survey and engineering industry.  Of relevance to those

wishing to build capacity and expertise within Higher Education

Institutions and to employers whose workforce may be disadvantaged by

their working patterns or geographic location, this paper outlines the

methodology employed in developing this collaborative working solution

to produce sustainable, adaptable and transferable learning materials

to meet identified educational needs.