A Nautical Institute project sponsored by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust
The International Maritime Human Element Bulletin
Issue No. 29 May 2012 ISSN 1747-5015
he Alert! vodcasts (video podcasts) aim to raise the
awareness of maritime human element issues amongst students engaged in all disciplines of maritime study. These vodcasts exploit the power of high quality multimedia presentation and are specifically designed to be viewed and shared by international maritime students.
The 3-5 minute videos aim to engage the younger generation of students studying disciplines such as navigation, engineering, naval architecture, surveying, law, finance, insurance and administration - many of whom may have never experienced the environment of a ship at sea.
Each vodcast corresponds to an edition of the Alert! Bulletins. Why not use them as a free study aid, embed them into your Powerpoint presentations or share with friends and colleagues on your social networking page?
The first 14 vodcasts can be downloaded from: www.he-alert. org/user/vodcasts.as
Through the Alert! bulletins and the website, we seek to represent the views of all sectors of the maritime industry on human element issues. Contributions for the Bulletin, letters to the editor and articles and papers for the website database are always welcome.
The Editor Alert! The Nautical Institute 202 Lambeth Road London SE1 7LQ United Kingdom
It takes a special sort of person and instructor…
to be a maritime educator T
he STCW Code requires that all seafarers should be properly
qualified for the position that they hold onboard.. And, instructors, supervisors and assessors are required to be 'appropriately qualified.'… Of equal importance, is the need for maritime college lecturers to be properly qualified to teach those competencies for which they are employed to teach, and to have an up to date appreciation of modern day ship operations and of the new technology aboard ships. Alert! Issue No. 20, April 2009
It takes a special sort of person to be an instructor in the world of maritime education and training. STCW requires that he/she has to be ‘appropriately qualified’, have an ‘appropriate level of knowledge and understanding’ and have received ‘appropriate training in instructional techniques, and training and assessment methods’.
But, the knowledge, skills and attributes required of maritime educators and trainers are many and varied, as can be seen from the centrespread feature of this issue of Alert!
Maritime educators and trainers need to be aware of the human element issues that can affect the design, management and operation of ships.
They need to be aware of how humans interact with other humans, machines and systems; and they need to be aware of how social conditions can affect the wellbeing of crews.
Maritime educators and trainers must have an understanding of ‘the ways of the sea’, preferably through seagoing experience at a senior level, thereby providing them with a generous foundation of knowledge that they can impart to their students. They must be up to date with modern day ship operations and with new technologies. And, they need to be able to communicate that knowledge in a manner that can be understood by all their students.
But, it is not just about imparting knowledge. Maritime educators and trainers must be good Teachers, in the true sense. They must be capable of engaging with their students; they must possess good leadership and motivation skills; they must demonstrate solid presentation and classroom management skills; and they must seek feedback from their students so as to build confidence and promote credibility.
It really does take a special sort of person to be an instructor in the world of maritime education and training.
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