"Shocking" Course Posted Online by NCTC

Ryan Hagerty/USFWS // Photo Credit: Electrofishing

Biologists are buzzing about the addition of a popular new course to NCTC's growing repertoire of online training sessions that extend the reach of the Shepherdstown-based training campus to far-flung field personnel. "Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing," long a popular 5-day classroom and Potomac River-based course at NCTC, has been converted into a new 28-hour online training module that immerses students in all facets of streamside fish sampling but doesn't require them to get wet. The new course, according to instructor Dr. Alan Temple and online training specialist Roxanne May, distills much of the classroom instruction in electrical circuitry, handling of equipment, and operator safety into an online package, complete with a final examination and certification for field use of the technique. Electrofishing is used by biologists to temporary immobilize fish for collection, censusing, and study. The online course updates and replaces a previous correspondence course in electrofishing offered by NCTC, according to May. "We've now converted it into a PowerPoint format and redesigned it into a user-friendly format that has been tested and is now available via DOILearn, the Interior Department's course management system," says May, whose collaboration with Temple produced one of the inaugural courses from NCTC's new learning resource management branch, which is accelerating NCTC's online and broadcast course offerings. The traditional classroom- and field-based version of "Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing" is still offered in Shepherdstown; Temple's much-in-demand course has also been presented worldwide, in locations as diverse as Australia, Canada, and Ireland.

Link to DOI Learn CourseFIS2C01 - Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing

 -- published --  October 18, 2010
 -- photo credit --  Electrofishing

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