Coral Identification Workshop, Townsville, Australia
Where: James Cook University
When: Sat./Sun. July 15-16, 2017 (8.30am to 5pm)
Australian Dollars: $300.00 (incl. GST)
Effective capacity building
BYOGUIDES in collaboration with the Coral Identification Capacity Building Program (CICBP) offer Ocean Literacy and Coral Identification Workshops to build skills and capacity in general biodiversity and coral identifications well as survey techniques. Our Visual Decision Tool systems train people to train themselves thereby building real capacity. By focusing on visual learning and minimising text, participants make dramatic, rapid real time gains in capacity. Over the course of a workshop the tutor / participant relationship evolves from teaching to mentoring as participants rapidly build meaningful skills. A key difference with our training is how highly motivated participants become due to the instantaneous progress they make. Thereby avoiding the post workshop disappointment often associated with fly in/fly out experts.
Case study with the Coral Finder
The Coral Identification Capacity Building Program (CICBP) in collaboration with the Fiji Locally Marine Managed Area (FLMMA) network ran coral identification workshops at the University of South Pacific in Suva. Fiji. Around 50 people were trained in basic of coral identification using the Indo Pacific Coral Finder. As the graphic below shows the Coral Finder puts comprehensive identification of coral genera within the reach of beginners. Intermediate level participants also dramatically improved their coral identification skills and recommended the tool for rapid revision and ongoing learning. Feedback about the workshops and resources from participants was very positive with well over 90% of workshop participants stating that the Coral Finder would be useful in their work.
Since our first trial workshops in Fiji BYOGUIDES has now trained over 500 people in coral identification in 7 countries. The diagrams below show the pooled “before and after” results for 24 workshops (nearly 500 people) with every individual showing significant improvement in coral ID accuracy.
Our coral ID workshops take advantage of the Coral Finder’s excellent potential for self directed learning by users of all skill levels. Coral Finder workshops can be run effectively with small or large groups in field and/or laboratory settings. Field sessions can be either snorkel or SCUBA based. Workshops are best facilitated through a partnership with a local organisation and participants are provided with their own copy of the Coral Finder Toolkit. For more information about conducting workshops please contact us.
Case study with the Reef Finder
Likewise with the release of the Reef Finder BYOGUIDES now offers Ocean Literacy capacity building workshops which achieve equally profound results. The following graph shows results from a class of high school students identifying 15 images of fish and invertebrates. The class was given 30 minutes with Google, and the following day, 30 minutes with the Reef Finder (using a different set of images). Once again the unique BYOGUIDES Visual Decision Tool design delivers dramatic results in complete novice users.
Our workshops take advantage of the BYOGUIDES visual learning approach to:
- intuitively and instantly build capacity without formal training / knowledge
- allow users to solve complex problems and link to deeper knowledge
- empower and motivate the interested person to follow through
- bypass barriers like technical language and assumed knowledge