On March 21st (International Day of Forests), the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced that the Asia Pacific Forest Education Coordination Mechanism (AP-FECM) won the “Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education – Top 2”.
The Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education provides excellent examples of world-class methods and practices in forest education across countless schools and institutions. A total of 71 schools and institution from 23 economies from all continents participated in the competition. AP-FECM has been recognized for its outstanding work on the “Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region” program in the category of tertiary education. This program, supported by APFNet, includes a global online community platform, award winning online courses, the use of emerging technology, and an effective team-based model for course development and operations. There are currently 5 free massive open online courses (MOOC) that can be accessed at http://apfecm.forestry.ubc.ca/sfm-online-courses/ and 10 more courses are in development. The courses will be adopted to the world leading online course platform edX Edge, which uses MOOC standards, and this project will also make efforts to increase equity in forest education by providing more open educational resources and credential programs (Certificate and Master’s degree) to global learners.
AP-FECM is initiated by APFNet, comprised of 58 member organizations, and its executive office is located at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry. The AP-FECM is an innovative networking programme putting together a large amount of higher education institutes in an extensive geographical area. The programme has been leading the online education with MOOC courses and being exceptionally active for developing forest higher education curricula.
More details about the project please see: http://www.apfnet.cn/en/show-model6-1297.html.
More details about the AP-FECM please see http://www.apfnet.cn/en/single-159.html.
More details about the awards please see: https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-education/outstanding-practices-forest-education/?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0.
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