WAZA Launches New Online Professional Development Center

Date: 2013/10/07

 

The initiative expands member expertise in the zoological field and furthers the excellence of animal care.

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y / Gland, Switzerland - Oct. 07, 2013 - The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has launched its Online Professional Development Center (OPDC) as a service to its members. The initiative expands member expertise in the zoological field and furthers the excellence of animal care.

 

In collaboration with learning management system developer CypherWorx and subject-matter experts from San Diego Zoo Global Academy, WAZA is able to provide users with an interactive online learning environment that offers more than 300 self-directed courses and recorded webinars.

 

By offering the OPDC, WAZA teamed with zoological professionals from top institutions including San Diego Zoo Global, Birmingham Zoo, Lowry Park Zoo, National Zoo, Reid Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. This network of experts allowed WAZA to offer courses with a broad applicability to animal care, human resources, horticulture, zoo operations and leadership training.

 

The content of each course was developed to support four core learning concepts: Expertise, Engagement, Excellence and Evolution. These fundamental qualities create a learning environment in which users can expand their knowledge of the field, gain confidence in learned material to ensure work performance accuracy as well as strengthen the zoological profession as a whole within the OPDC learning community. 

 

To support the technology and services needed to launch OPDC, WAZA used CypherWorx's CollaborNation® Collaborative Learning Environment platform to create an online learning space.  This community-based web system can allow members to communicate, spread ideas, discuss topics and expand their knowledge about the field of animal-care.

 

"Our mission is to provide zoological professionals throughout the world with a learning resource to ensure keeper safety, animal health and welfare, enjoyment and safety of guests, and conservation," says Steve Stookey, chief operations officer at CypherWorx. "We are proud of our collaborative efforts in helping zoos and aquariums achieve these goals, and the mission continues as we add new educational online courses and webinars to share knowledge across the globe."

"E-Learning is the most convenient way of improving skills - people can do courses whenever they have time and with the new WAZA  Online Professional Development Center, vets, zoologists, keepers and other related professionals are offered a great selection of online training courses for a very reasonable price, WAZA members benefit! I am grateful to San Diego Zoo Global and Cypherworx for the wonderful cooperation which made this unique offer possible", says Dr Gerald Dick, WAZA Executive Director.

 

 

About CypherWorx

Founded in 2007, CypherWorx develops comprehensive eLearning solutions for membership associations, non-profit organizations and small business providers using a unique, collaborative business model that has won praise for its effectiveness and accessibility. Services range from course development to learning management system (LMS) integration under the NP Training WorksTM and CollaborNation brands. For more information, visit www.cypherworx.com.

 

About The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is a global organisation that harmonises the principles, policies, practices and strategy for zoos and aquariums worldwide. Via regional associations WAZA reaches over 1,300 leading zoos and aquariums. WAZA is the unifying representative of the global zoo and aquarium community and works in partnership with international conservation organisations such as  IUCN and non-government organisations to ensure high standards of animal welfare and to achieve conservation in zoos and aquariums (ex situ) and in nature (in situ).

 

WAZA Facts and Figures

Attracting more than 700 million visitors a year, the world's 1,300 leading zoos and aquariums have a unique potential to attract, inspire and mobilise mass public engagement for species and habitat conservation. By making a direct connection between people and wildlife, zoos and aquariums educate the public on biodiversity conservation, human welfare, livelihoods and poverty alleviation and hence promote environmentally sustainable development and social and political change. The additional funding produced from entrance tickets to zoos and aquariums is spent on conservation projects around the world, creating major conservation implementation and funding agencies. Collectively, this can match or surpass the contributions of some other leading global conservation organisations.

 

With 70% of the world's population living in cities by 2030, zoos and aquariums offer a vital connection to the importance of biodiversity in our lives.

 

www.waza.org

 

About San Diego Zoo Global Academy

San Diego Zoo Global Academy is a powerful online learning platform that harnesses the expertise of San Diego Zoo Global and its partners to offer courses that meet the specific needs of individuals in the zoological profession. For more information, visit www.sdzglobalacademy.org.

 

 

Media contact

Emily Drzewiecki, McDougall Communications for CypherWorx

emily@mcdougallpr.com

(585) 331-9573

 

Carole Lecointre, Marketing & Communications for WAZA

carole.lecointre@waza.org

(0041) 22 999 07 93

 

 

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    The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is a global organisation that harmonises the principles, policies, practices and strategy of over 1,300 leading zoos and aquariums.  WAZA is the unifying representative of the global zoo and aquarium community and works in partnership with IUCN, national governments and non-governmental organisations to ensure high standards of animal welfare and to achieve conservation in zoos and aquariums (ex situ) and in nature (in situ).

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