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Training system developed by FSU associate professor nominated for prestigious award

By Bill Edmonds, Learning Systems Institute

Aubteen Darabi

Dr. Aubteen Darabi

The Learning Systems Institute has been nominated for a Lloyd’s List 2016 North America Award for the PortStar project, America’s only online and instructor-led training system on port security.

The system was developed at LSI out of a $6.2-million grant awarded to Dr. Aubteen Darabi by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Darabi is a senior research faculty at LSI and a tenured associate professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in FSU’s College of Education.

For his effort on this initiative, Dr. Darabi was also nominated for the 2009 Homeland Security Award presented by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. In 2011, he received the Innovators Award from Florida State University for the advanced systemic features of this product that consolidated the fragmented national training and reporting efforts, and its contribution to the field.

Lloyd’s List, one of the world’s oldest continuously running journals today, covers all information, analysis, and knowledge relevant to the shipping industry, including marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, market data, research, global trade and law.

This award goes to a North American company or institution for outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea or a company or institution that can demonstrate a contribution towards improving training standards across the maritime industry as a whole. Judges will be looking for examples of investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector.

LSI is one of nine nominees for this year’s award.

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