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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:20 pm 
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A post I made today on our Exhibition Facebook Group. I will duplicate it here.

Online Exhibition Poultry Education? This is something that I have been thinking about for a few months. In recent times, the FCAQ have been working on and finally releasing their new Judging & Stewarding Guidelines publication. The next step or consideration is an online component or option. We gave great thought to how we could better support our remote candidates who are too far away to get to workshops or even attend a higher number of shows due to their distant locations. Our numeric requirements were adjusted with this in mind. Another consideration is online education. I work in curriculum writing and resourcing so am in a position to set this up, although it would be a lot of work. The FCAQ has agreed to proceed with an online course or service and I already have a moodle site online waiting for course construction. A couple of people have expressed interest in contributing content or supporting this. At this point, I am wondering if we should think nationally instead of confine it to Qld. Either way works for us. We could limit it to an FCAQ base, or alternatively we could make a national course with extra components for individual State requirements. That's only worth persuing, of course, if other States are interested. While I recognise that there is no replacement for hands-on experience, this could be a useful supplement and way to cater for both remote students and our gen-y's, mill-gens and other digital natives through online information, mentoring and accreditation. I can't see the older generation going for it, but we are always looking for ways to support and bring young people into exhibition poultry. Comments?

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well it helps reduce the reinvention of the wheel. I too was a curriculum development person lol.

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I am always surprised by some of our more elderly poultry enthusiast on the forum who also post photos in the gallery, could be quite a few take it on from all ages. It sounds like a good idea, the hard part will be getting it off the ground, but I think the timing is right judging by the amount of activity on the internet. There is nothing stopping you from doing it Australia wide and would make it more inclusive :)

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I think it's a brilliant idea. Even more so as it can reach people that normally don't have the chance to attend workshops personally.

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The next FCAQ meeting is 12 October. I will look for approval for a working group or sub-committee to be set up to support this.

Any comments, get them to me before then.

If anybody has information or materials related to judging and stewarding that they think could be useful, I'd would love to get a copy of them. We have a number of slideshows used at workshop and we have our judging and stewarding guidelines. We will need to add other items or create items from them.

If anybody is interested in joining the project, also please let me know.

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If you were to organise something online, I'd reckon a nation-wide option would be wonderful

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Very good idea and it's what's desperately needed. And if nationwide isn't possible then Queensland is the next best option.

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