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  1. 1. e-Extension Agenda March 2014 1 Vol. VI No.1 March 2014 ►► Page 3 ►► Page 3 P ASAY CITY, Metro Manila – With the intent of having an international exchange of research, innovation, experiences, and best practices in eLearning, the Philippine eLearning Society (PeLS) organized the 2013 First International Congress on eLearning and actively participated by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). D IPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – The delivery of the best knowledge to the right person at the right time is the true essence of Knowledge Management (KM) and it is what the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) hopes to incorporate in its extension services to the agriculture and fisheries sector. To be able to lead and excel in KM for agriculture and fisheries, ATI must transform into a knowledge- based learning organization. As the extension and training arm of the Philippine Department of Agriculture, ATI is committed to share knowledge as well as to continually “learning to learn together” not just among its staff but also among its clientele in the agricultural sector. These were some of the KM principles discussed during the 2014 Knowledge Management Updates where ATI’s e-Extension Coordinators ATI Pursues Recognition as a Learning Organization The delegates from the ATI comprised of the designated e-Extension coordinators namely Maximino Aromin, Jr. and Bongbong Buli-e of ATI Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) in Cordillera Administrative Region, Claris M. Alaska of ATI-RTC II, Rolando V. Maningas and Mariel Celeste Dayanghirang of ATI-RTC IVA, Graciel Gacutan of ATI-RTC IVB, ATI attends International e-Learning Congress Selected Staff Now Members of Philippine eLearning Society Holds KM Updates 2014 MIMAROPA Integrates e-Extension to its Training Programs Tarlac College of Agriculture Goes e-Learning Caraga Conducts 6th e-Learning Mass Graduation 2 3 4 Selected e-Extension Cordinators attended the 1st International Congress on eLearning and became members of the Philippine eLearning Society (PeLS). The congress was held at the Heritage Hotel Manila last December 2013.
  2. 2. e-Extension Agenda March 20142 Online Course on Pangasius Launched in Laguna Caraga Holds 6th e-Learning Mass Graduation S TA. CRUZ, Laguna – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the lead implementing agency of the Philippine e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries launched the e-Learning course on B UTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte – e-Learning in Caraga Region is now on its sixth year. The mass graduation hosted by the Agricultural Training Institute - RTC 13 on December 3, 2013 manifested the overwhelming response of the partner schools, universities and colleges (SUCs) and the local government units (LGUs) with the ICT-based modality of acquiring additional knowledge and information in agriculture and fisheries. In her message, Dr. Estrella Dinopol,Associate Professor II of theAgusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology (ASSCAT) thanked ATI for the partnership in promoting the e-learning courses which are helpful for their students in gaining additional knowledge and information. As an e-learner herself, she was grateful for the course on goat production and shared that such modules were used in her classes. On the other hand, Dr. Tomas Austral, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Caraga State University (CSU) mentioned the proposed modification of some of their course requirements. He said that students will no longer prepare term papers in some of their subjects, instead they must enrol and complete an e-Learning course. In such way, students will be free from boredom in undergoing contextual researches in the library at the same time gain additional knowledge in a more interactive and interesting way. Meanwhile, Jose Rey Alo, ATI’s e-Learning Process Adviser commended the graduates for their willingness to enhance learning through the e-courses and encouraged the learners’ suggestion for the improvement of the program. He also mentioned that e-Learning will branch-out into being a multi-device ready by 2014. On the other hand, Dr. Ariston Ronquillo, Campus Director of Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) - Tagbina Campus hoped that e-Learning will be extended not only to the students and LGUs but also to other sectors in the community. This year’s graduates reached 485 composed of agricultural extension workers, students, faculty faculty from SUCs & DepED, farmers and LGU representatives. Last year, there were 431 individuals who completed the e-learning courses and 368 in 2011. (MGBSalve, ATI-RTC Caraga) Pangasius last December 2013 at the Provincial Cultural Center in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. The launch was in conjunction with the National Pangasius Summit which was conducted by Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU). The “Taste the Creamiest Cream Dory: Online Course on Pangasius Culture” has four modules that tackles the history of pangasius in the country, its pond and tank culture method as well as its processing and utilization. The course is intended for medium to large pond owners who have plans to expand their business and retirees who want to invest in the fish market. The pangasius online course is also suited for fishery students and entrepreneurs who would like to venture on fishery-related projects. Antonieta J. Arceo, Chief of ATI- Knowledge Products Management Division, said that “this is a remarkable event as ATI added another partner in LSPU who helped developed the e-Learning course.” The online course will be the 35th e-Learning course to be offered and the 2nd course under the fisheries category which was developed by ATI- Regional Training Center 4A together with LSPU providing the subject matter specialists. (BCNatividad) ATI-Caraga consistently generates e-Learning Grads NEWS
  3. 3. e-Extension Agenda March 2014 3 ATI Pursues Recognition as a Learning Organization..... From page 1 ATI attends International eLearning Congress..... From page 1 in the regions gathered for its yearly assessment and planning workshop. Participated by a total of 35 participants from the ATI network of Training Centers, the main objectives of the activity were to update the coordinators on the KM activities of the Institute and to provide a venue for a knowledge sharing from the participation of some KM staff in international programs held last year. Likewise, the activity also served as an opportunity to formulate strategies and project proposals on KM-related activities being handled by the Institute. Among the ATI’s major KM initiatives that were assessed included the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, the Techno Gabay Program, documentation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and knowledge products development and dissemination. Part of the three-day activity was a presentation-briefing on the e-Learning lounge that was presented by Center Director Dennis Prosianos of the ATI- Regional Training Center IX as well as the new Rice Crop Manager, a web- based and android application tool developed by the International Rice Research Institute to guide farmers in nutrient management for their rice production. Apple Eda Suplido demonstrated how the tool works and how the user can maximize the use of a smartphone and a tablet computer for that purpose. ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot graced the activity and lauded the various KM initiatives of the Institute. “These are opportunities that we’ll be able to show to the whole world especially our leaders, that here is ATI doing something that others were not able to do and going somewhere that others refused to go,” Saliot said. The 2014 KM Updates was held last February 2014 in Hotel Camila, Dipolog City. (BCNatividad) Florepe Mortalla and Nicolasita Gallego of ATI-RTC VI, and Virgie Cabrera of ATI RTC-IX also became members of the PeLs. These coordinators are the ones who implement the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries in their respective regions. Also, during the parallel sessions, Prof. Stella Tirol of the University of the Philippines Los Baños presented the initial results of the evaluation research on the e-Learning component of the e-Extension Program. The said congress with the theme “The eLearning Q.U.E.S.T: Harmonizing the Elements of a Global Knowledged Society” primarily aims to provide a collaborative model of teaching and learning online by determining the many elements that must be managed to create e-learning programs and to stimulate participation across diversity. It consisted of keynote and plenary sessions, paper and poster presentations, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and workshops handled by competent e-Learning experts from Australia, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines and USA. The event was attended by educators and students, IT professionals, e-Learning practitioners and aspiring e-Learning professionals, among others. The International Congress on eLearning was held at the Heritage Hotel Manila last December 2013. PeLS is the country’s leading organization in promoting the development of eLearning competencies through education, training and collaboration among various stakeholders in government, industry and academe. (YCAPauig) MIMAROPA Integrates e-Extension to its Training Programs N AUJAN,OrientalMindoro–Thirty-three(33)AEWs,farmersandbananagrowersin OrientalMindorowerebriefedonthee-ExtensionProgramoftheDepartmentofAgriculture. TheactivitycoincidedduringthetrainingonGoodAgriculturalPractices(GAP)ofSaba- BananaforfarmersandbananagrowersofOrientalMindorolastFebruary2014. ThebriefingwasinresponsetotheagreementofthelastKMUpdatesinwhichthereshould beallotedtimeduringtrainingsconductedbythetrainingcentertohaveabriefingonthee-Extension Program. AccordingtoMr.RomuelS.CorpuzofRoxasOrientalMindoroFarmersFederationAssociation (FOMFFA),oneoftheenrollees,“Masmadalimatutunanangmgapang-agrikulturangprograma,sapagkat madaliatmaayosnamatutuntonangmgatopickasamaangmgalitratoodemonstrasyon.”(GVGacutan, ATI-RTCIVB) NEWS
  4. 4. e-Extension Agenda March 20144 Rice Crop Manager introduced to Farmer-Technicians in Pangasinan 239 Farmers and Students Graduate from SOA in Cagayan S TA. BARBARA, Pangasinan - The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center I (ATI-RTC I) introduced the Rice Crop Manager to the participants of the Specialized Training Course for Rainfed Lowland Local Farmer Technicians. Rice Crop Manager is an application that could be accessed via a smartphone or a computer with Internet connection. It allows extension workers to give farmers a specific recommendation on nutrient, pest, weed, or water management, depending on the specific variety they used, their yield from the previous season, and the site-specific conditions of their field. The 36 participants of the said training were taught on how to use the tool. Moreover, the participants were briefed on visual aid preparation and on the e-Extension services of the Institute as part of their training. The training was held last February 2014 in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. (MDDacapias,ATI-RTC I) L ALLO, Cagayan – About 239 farmer and student-enrollees graduated from the school-on-the air on palayamanan. Out of the 505 enrollees, 239 made it to the final evaluation and graduation on January 17 held at Lallo National High School, Lallo, Cagayan. Graduates composed of students of the College of Agriculture of the Cagayan State University (CSU) and farmers from different barangays that were reached by C AMILING, Tarlac - Instructors, Professors and the Dean of the Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA) are now on board as the new partners of the Agricultural Training Institute for the e-Extension Program for Agriculture & Fisheries. During the Workshop on the Integration of Organic Agriculture (OA) in Tarlac College of Agriculture held last January 2014 at the Continuing Education Center, they all agreed to access and enrol in the e-learning courses. After a brief tour of the e-Extension portal, all participants committed to require their students to enrol in the different courses offered. Specifically, e-Learning will be integrated in the courses on Introduction to Agriculture, Farming Systems, Vegetable, Livestock and Swine Production, Postharvest Handling and Seed Technology, Biology, Agricultural Extension, Integrated pest Management, Ecological Agriculture, Soils, Enterprise and Tarlac College of Agriculture as New Partner for e-Extension Entrepreneurship. “We are even looking forward to having our research results to be made into e-courses to make it accessible to a greater number of clients. We have so many researches that are very practical and applicable at the farmer- level,” said Dr. Cielito A. Beltran, Dean of the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. “We are not limiting our partnership with ATI to integrating the OA in our curriculum, but, to a stronger tie-up with our future projects that will bring productivity in the field of agriculture,” Dr. Max P. Guillermo, President of TCA. (MTVillanueva, ATI-RTC III) the radio station. The SOA program started last September 12 and ended in December 17, 2013 aired over local radio station DWRL 95.1. Anchored by Ferdinand Bulusan, Instructor in CSU Lallo, Cagayan, the SOA was aired at 12:00 to 1:00 in the afternoon every Thursday and Friday for three months. The topics focused on the concept of palayamanan and the integration of different components from rice, livestock and poultry, vegetables including the preparation of organic fertilizers and the economic analysis of different components. Resource persons came from the College of Agriculture of CSU, Office of the Municipal Agriculture ►► Page 5 AT THE REGIONS
  5. 5. e-Extension Agenda March 2014 5 PNP in MIMAROPA Joins e-Extension Briefing 385 Farmers Graduate from FAO-Funded Farm Business School DILIMAN, Quezon City – A total of 385 farmers just graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS) and learned the different techniques not only in producing crops but also on how to market their produce. Through the FBS, the farmer- graduates are expected to increase their capability in farm business management and be able to boost their farm incomes through their enhanced market-oriented production. T he Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the training arm of the Department of Agriculture is tasked to coordinate diversified agricultural extension delivery systems for local government sector and other stakeholders. True to its mission, the ATI – Regional Training Center (RTC) – MIMAROPA caters not only the clientele in agricultural sector but various stakeholders including the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region IV-B. Last March 2014, the ATI-RTC MIMAROPA briefed the agricultural extension workers, farmer leaders, organic agriculture practitioners with special participation of PNP personnel on the e-Extension Program. The briefing coincided during the Training Course in Support to the Produktibong Pinoy Strategy. During the briefing, the e-extension portal was presented and showed of Lallo and the Office of the Provincial Agriculture. To gauge the participation of the enrollees, questions were raised during the program and answered through text. There were also quizzes aired during the SOA and final evaluation was conducted. The SOA on Palayamanan aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of farmers and students on rice-based integrated farming system for them to practice diversified farming as additional income while waiting for the harvesting of the main crop, which is rice. Dr. Lorenzo Caranguian, Regional Technical Director of DA-Regional Field Office 2 graced the event together with CSU President, Dr. Romeo R. Quilang. The guest speakers recognized the use of radio as the most practical and cheapest means of bringing the information to the end-users. They challenged the graduates to put into practice what they have learned. The program was conducted in collaboration with the CSU Lallo Campus and the Local Government Unit of Lallo. (CMAlaska, ATI-RTC II) the basic components of the program namely the e-farming, e-trading, and e-learning courses. A site demonstration on e-learning course was also presented, as well as the tips, guidelines, procedures and reminders upon registration and enrollment in the e-learning courses. The PNP personnel noted that information about agriculture can be easily accessed through e-Extension and it is a great help to their group considering their job. Further, topics on Organic Agriculture and e-Extension were new to them. The briefing is part of the agreement from the previous 2014 KM Updates attended by Graciel V. Gacutan, e-Extension Coordinator together with the e-Extension team that as much as possible, e-Extension Program should be incorporated within the trainings of the Center.(JdeTorres, ATI-RTC IVB) FBS is a component of the project called “Capacity Building of Small Famers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access,” which is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) through the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP). The project is implemented together with Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) as well as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The project which started last November 2012 intended to promote the adoption of a market-oriented extension modality in the public sector through the introduction of FBS. Furthermore, the project aims to contribute to the country’s efforts on food security by improving market access and increasing incomes of market-oriented farmers. The FBS curriculum consisted of 25 sessions tackling on different farm business and management principles with agricultural extension workers from the local government units (LGUs) and development facilitators from DAR who served as FBS facilitators. The pilot areas of the project are 12 municipalities from Nueva Vizcaya and 10 municipalities from Nueva Ecija. ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot mentioned that “the project will strengthen DA’s Agripinoy framework wherein the DA does not only look into farm production but also ensures that the produce will be brought to the Filipino table.” “The project will also reinforce ATI’s initiative in looking into value chains particularly in planning and providing extension service for other segment of the value chain,” Saliot added. From the 32 FBS launched last year, 22 have been completed as of January 2014. Another 40 FBS will be launched this year. (BCNatividad) 239 Farmers and Students...... From page 4 NEWS
  6. 6. e-Extension Agenda March 201464 D ILIMAN, Quezon City -- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has started a rapid monitoring and assessment to more than 500 FITS Centers all over the country. This is to determine if these centers are still functional and effective in delivering their intended services. Likewise, the rapid monitoring activity aims to determine the status of the FITS Centers which will be used as a basis in proposing for future budget allotment of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP). The initial FITS Center monitoring started with the three provinces from Calabarzon namely Cavite, Laguna and Rizal. As one of the components of the TGP, the Farmers’ Information Technology Service (FITS) Center, also known in the field as Techno Pinoy Center, serves as a one-stop service facility nearest to the majority of farmers, entrepreneurs, and other clients in a given area. It provides fast access to information and technologies in forms appropriate to the clients’ needs. The Philippine Government issued in 2009 the Executive Order No. 801, otherwise known as “Encouraging Local Government Units (LGUs) to Adopt the Techno Gabay in their Agricultural Extension Programs and the Concerned Government Agencies to Provide the Required Assistance for the Purpose.” It mandated ATI, as the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture, to link the extension programs of the Department to the extension delivery modalities under the TGP, as well as that of the state universities and colleges, LGUs, among others. A total of 18 FITS Centers have been visited and assessed in Calabarzon last March 4 to 7, 2014. The rapid monitoring of FITS Centers will be conducted until July 2014. (BCNatividad) C AGAYAN DE ORO CITY – ATI-Regional Training Center in Northern Mindanao held this year’s Regional assessment for the Farmers’ Information Technology Services (FITS) Center as one of the delivery channels of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP). About 25 FITS Center managers and staff representatives all over the Region gathered for the said activity. The activity aimed to plan this year’s schedules, from trainings, to field tours and other FITS related activities;and evaluate last year’s performance of the FITS Centers. The activity consisted rigorous ATI-RTC 10 holds FITS Regional Assessment ATI Conducts FITS Center Monitoring and Assessment in Calabarzon discussions on FITS Centers’ status; issues and concerns that the group have encountered; submissions of annual report and some settlement of agreements made in 2013. TGP Coordinator Noemi Beth G. Macario of ATI-RTC X reminded the FITS managers to promote the e-Extension Program as well since this has been neglected often by some of them. In 2013, two FITS centers were established - Baliangao, Misamis Occidental and the Provincial FITS of Bukidnon. Further, the ATI-RTC X has planned to establish three more FITS centers in the Region for this year. (HGCababaros, ATI-RTC 10) T AGBILARAN -- A three-day Skills Enhancement Course for Computer Software Operation was successfully conducted on February 2014 at AMA-Computer Learning Center, Gallares Street, this city. Thirty-four participants composed of designated Information Service Specialists (ISS) in the Farmers Information Technology Service (FITS) Center attended the said training to hone their computer software operations skills that are useful in the production of IEC materials such as Adobe Photoshop and producing audio visual materials through Movie Maker. Ma. Gracia Soliva-Pungay, Techno Gabay Program Coordinator of ATI-RTC 7 was the project officer and she disclosed that this training facilitated the learners to demonstrate and explore said computer software operation through simple hands-on exercises. (MPSoliva, ATI-RTC VII) Enhancement Software Course for FITS in Tagbilaran Techno Gabay Updates
  7. 7. e-Extension Agenda March 2014 75 Online course on Pangasius Launched during the National Pangasius Summit in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last December 4, 2013, the “Taste the Creamiest Cream Dory: Online Course on the Culture and Utilization of Pangasius” is now open to all interested e-Learners. Pangasius or cream dory is a riverine catfish that is gaining popularity because of its strong market demand, fast growth when cultured in a good environment, and only few countries dominate the production. This course – Pangasius1 – tackles the ins-and-outs of the business from pond culture, tank culture, processing, and utilization, among others. Pangasius1 is brought to you by ATI Training Center in CALABARZON. Introducing: The Online Course on Beekeeping Explore the amazing world of honeybees and discover the numerous benefits of apiculture, enrol now in the latest e-Learning course on Basic Beekeeping! This course has four modules that discuss: history and evolution, benefits and prospects as well as common terminologies of beekeeping practice; taxonomy, body parts, behaviour and social structure of honeybees; considerations in having initial colony like knowledge, skills and health of the beekeeper, operation concerns, equipments, budget, etc.; and various management activities like colony acquisition, inspection, feeding and pest management, among others. Bee1 was brought to you by ATI Training Center in the Cordilleras. Try our new Online Courses Enroll for free at www.e-extension.gov.ph/elearning ATI Briefs Organic Agriculture Practitioners on e-Extension D ILIMAN, Quezon City – Some 25 Organic Agriculture (OA) practitioners and technical staff from Region V came for a briefing on the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries as part of their field learning activities last December 2013. The group showed significant interest on the components of the program – e-Farming, e-Trading, and especially on the e-Learning. The OA practitioners and technical staff are the participants of the Farmer Exchange Program conducted by ATI Training Center in the Bicol Region. The group is on their field learning activity where they got to visit various organic farms and projects in the areas of CALABARZON and Cordilleras.(YCAPauig) Crops 1. Increasing Corn Farm Productivity through the Use of Mechanization Technologies 2. Saving The Lost Harvest: Introductory Course On Rice Post Production Technologies 3. Treasure in Threads: Piña Fiber Processing 4. Straw Mushroom Growing: A Viable Agri-Enterprise 5. Auspicious, Vandaceous: Growing Vanda and Vandaceous Orchids 6. Growing Banana in the Tropics: Cultural Management for Banana Production 7. Go Mango, Hit the Jackpot! 8. Abaca 1: Cultural Management Practices of Abaca 9. Abaca 2: Abaca Pest Management 10. Abaca 3: Nursery Establishment and Management 11. Citrus Growing: A Promising Enterprise 12. From Seed to Seed: Online Course on Corn Production 13. Growing Bamboo for Profit and a Healthy Environment 14. Growing Durian the Better Way 15. Jackfruit Production 16. Managing Common Diseases in Banana 17. Integrated Pest Management for Banana 18. Production of High Value Crops in Greenhouse 19. Yummy Yam: Ubi Production 20. Savoring the Green Brew: Arabica Coffee Production 21. Bee Keeping Fisheries 1. Seaweed Farming 2. Taste the Creamiest Cream Dory: Online on Pangasius Culture Livestock 1. Goat 1: Establishing Feed Resources for Your Goats 2. Goat 2: Starting a Slaughter Goat Enterprise 3. GOAT 4: Technological Alternatives to Traditional Feeding Management 4. Mastering the ABCs of Pig Production 5. Walang Aray sa AI: Artificial Insemination in Pigs Social Technology 1. Basic Agricultural Marketing Extension 2. Working Together Works! An Online Course on Community Organizing 3. Changing People's Lives Through Effective Extension Delivery 4. Getting the Big Bucks: Guide to Grant Proposal Writing 5. Lika! Usap Tayo: Effective Human Communication and Human Relations 6. Online Course on Training Management Sustainable Agriculture 1. Insects Away the Alternative Way! 2. Organic Fertilizer for Sustainable Agriculture 3. Vermicomposting: Turning Trash to Cash Our Online Courses NEWS (www.e-extension.gov.ph/elearning)
  8. 8. e-Extension Agenda March 201488 Editors Antonieta J. Arceo Pamela MG Mappala Writers Benedict C. Natividad ATI-CO Yovina-Claire A. Pauig ATI-CO Maricel Dacapias, ATI-RTC I Claris M. Alaska, ATI RTC II Ma. Theresa Villanueva, ATI RTC III Jezell A. de Torres, ATI-RTC IVB Graciel Gacutan, ATI-RTC IVB Merrian Piquero Soliva, ATI-RTC 7 Honeylou G. Cababaros, ATI-RTC 10 Mary Grace B. Salve, ATI-Caraga Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad Editorial Consultant Jose Rey Y. Alo Advisers Asterio P. Saliot PhD, CESO III Evelyn Aro-Esquejo PhD, CESO VI The e-Extension Agenda Volume VI No.1 March 2014 A fter the 5-day Updating of Knowledge Management and Briefing of Rice Crop Manager, I was bolstered by the magical words “KM Squirrels and Bulls” used in the workshop. Squirrels are targets which are quick highly visible KM activity that show measurable impact on the bottom line even without budget while bulls are goals that are large, costly and require approval. I was also hooked by the presentation of Mr. Dennis Prosianos, Center Director of ATI Region 9 with their e-lounge launching. He said the famous cliché “If there’s a will, there’s a way” that inspired him to approve the project proposal made by Ms. Virgie Cabrera. While listening in my seat, there’s these things playing in my mind which of which is achievable in ATI MIMAROPA and what is squirrel what are bulls. With much inspiration and eagerness to achieve the targets in year 2014, I started with squirrel. The briefing/orientation of e-Extension program became part of the training activities. I know I have to modify my approach. To encourage is to become effective. The curiosity of five farmers challenged me as a power-user of e-Learning to have more patients in teaching and honing the participants’ mind as well as their attitude into a more proactive acceptance of new technologies. They know little in computer and internet so I have to extend my time ‘til 7:30 in the evening just to assist them whenever they have questions. Immersion is best! And then here comes the agricultural extension worker asking for availability of the Mango Production Kit. I told him that what he need is available and downloadable at the e-Learning portal. “I don’t have internet at home”, he said. “Go, use the computer in front of you, just register and you can download info kits as many as you can”, I answered. “I already have my username but I forgot my password!” he replied. “Don’t worry, I am a ‘Power Pop- Girl’ (Power-User)”. Few minutes of conversation, the man became silent and enjoys downloading the Mango Production Kit. Another learning I appreciate in this conversation, never be an instrument of spoon-fed information! More trainings ahead....At least I started with my first squirrel and soon will target my bulls. Squirrel First Before Getting Bull Graciel Gacutan, ATI-RTC IVB Blog Roll

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