AFS CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE APPROVAL PROCEDURES AND FORM
For Courses Offered Prior to the 153rd AFS Annual Meeting -
Saturday, August 19 and/or Sunday, August 20, 2023 - in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) must approve all Continuing Education (CE) courses or activities sponsored by the American Fisheries Society.
Courses or activities which carry academic credit, lead to a high school equivalency certificate, or are organization oriented programs or short direction programs only casually related to any specific upgrading purpose or goal would normally not qualify for approval.
The objective of the AFS Continuing Education Program, administered by the CEC, is to provide members with quality opportunities to develop their expertise throughout their careers as fisheries professionals. CE courses, which are often sponsored and/or prepared by AFS members, are a primary means of fulfilling this goal. CE offerings can be used to receive Professional Development Qualifying Points (PDQPs) needed to meet and retain Associate and Certified Fisheries Professional accreditation through the AFS Certification Program.
*Recurring CE classes must be reviewed and approved by the CEC every 3 years or upon changes to course content.
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 CEC 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 CEC 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 CEC 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 CEC’s decision. The CEC will issue an approval by mid-June 2022. AFS staff will notify the Course Proposer of the CEC’s final decision.
All AFS CE courses will include an evaluation, to be completed by participants after the course. AFS will provide standard evaluation questions; course instructors may add additional questions as needed.
Lauren Maza, Director of Member Programs
A decision regarding the Spokane event will likely be made in the spring, based on COVID-19 restrictions at the time. AFS can not wait until this decision is made to begin 2022 course development! Therefore, we are currently soliciting proposals for courses that may be delivered in live, online, and hybrid formats. Please indicate the course delivery method for your proposal below.
i.e. AFS Chapter/Section/Division, Agency, University
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.
Please list course instructors' names, affiliations, and email addresses below.
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.
Time allocated to social activities, refreshment breaks, luncheons, receptions, dinner and so forth. Please include a syllabus or topical outline with time allocations.
Time Schedule Example:
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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