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E Learning For Agroforestry

E Learning For Agroforestry



Opportunities and constraints for eLearning in agriculture and natural resources management. Presentation made to Online Educa Berlin 2009.

Opportunities and constraints for eLearning in agriculture and natural resources management. Presentation made to Online Educa Berlin 2009.



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    E Learning For Agroforestry E Learning For Agroforestry Presentation Transcript

    • eLearning for Agroforestry; Opportunities & Constraints Jan Beniest CGIAR-World Agroforestry Centre
    • Who and where we are
    • Agroforestry – using trees on farms More people, more trees…
    • Agroforestry & environment
      • Biodiversity
      • Soil fertility
      • Erosion
      • Climate change
    • Trees in farming landscapes
    • Global agroforestry research
      • Domestication, utilization and conservation of superior agroforestry germplasm
      • Enhancing productivity of agroforestry systems
      • Improving tree product marketing for smallholders
      • Reducing land health risks
      • Climate change adaptation and mitigation through agroforestry
      • Supporting multi-functional landscapes with trees for environmental services
    • Global agroforestry learning Learning resources Theory Practice Field work eLearning
    • eLearning readiness survey
      • 140 learning institutions/66 replies
      • Computer/internet use increasing
      • Internet use = e-mails & information
      • eLearning use is very limited
      • Strong interest in eLearning
      • Limited competency in eLearning
      • Limited institutional/policy support
    • CGIAR eLearning tools http://learning.cgiar.org CGIAR LO Repository CGIAR LMS - Moodle
    • eLearning experiences
      • 4 courses ‘on-line’ and ‘blended’
        • Agroforestry research methods
        • Contextualizing agroforestry
        • Vegetative propagation
        • Agroforestry tree domestication
      • High [initial] development cost (staff time)
      • Requires facilitation for heterogeneous groups
      • Need to remain focused (learning objectives)
      • Opportunity for networking
      • Blended is preferable over ‘on-line’ only
      • Do not overload with ‘resources’
      • Train teachers & learners
    • Constraints
      • Information overflow, quality & ‘imperialism’
      • Re-using resources (RLOs, OER) - rights
      • Rapidly evolving technology
      • User competence
      • Lack of policy & support
      • Social interaction – peer-to-peer learning
      • Agriculture = practice & context
    • Opportunities
      • Rapidly improving infrastructure
      • Strong learners/teachers interest
      • Development of ‘relevant’ OER
      • AgLR-TF – agricultural repositories
      • Social web & collaboration (e.g. AGROCURI)
      • Blended learning for agriculture
      • eLearning training
      • Mobile and me-Learning
    • Conclusion Based on our experiences in technology enhanced learning for agriculture and natural resources management, blended approaches in eLearning have great potential to improve the quality and relevance of related learning in developing countries as well as to reach increasing numbers of learners. However, training the present and future generations of teachers and learners in the rapidly evolving eLearning field as well as developing relevant eLearning resources (RLOs, OER) will be required if this potential is to be fully realized.
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