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e-Extension Agenda 1st issue

  1. 1. 1July 2008 e-Extension Agenda Volume I Number 1 July 2008 Stronger ATI Web Presence thru the ATIinteractive  page 3 T o enhance the Institute’s web presence, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted the “Training on Using Content Management System (CMS) for ATI Webmasters” for its Regional Training Centers (RTCs). The training focused on website building for the respective RTCs that will serve as source of information for its clientele. Internally, it will be a monitoring and evaluation tool on the activities of the ATI centers in the field. The five-day training featured and used Drupal, a content management system (CMS) based/open source software to develop their webpage. Mr. Jose Rey Y. Alo, the ATI’s e-Learning process advisor, served as the resource person. He lectured and conducted demonstrations on Drupal and some basic web writing principles. The webpages of the participants developed were uploaded and comprised the new image of the institute in the world wide web, the ATIinteractive. Further, the participants were introduced to the different roles of webmasters and its terms of Webmasters of the 17 ATI centers and the central office joined together to create a more dynamic website that fea- tures the latest program and activities of the Institute e-Learning for A&F in Full Swing Number of Graduates Online Revealed Story on p. 3 Agriculture and Fishesries Course Development -------- 2 e-Learning Administration -- 2 e-Learner’s Profile ----------- 4 Demystifying e-Learning ----5 ASEAN Farmer’s Week ---- 6 What’s Inside
  2. 2. 2 July 2008e-Extension Agenda ATI ushers Online Interactivity on Agri-Fishery, Training on Courseware Development Held e-Learning office brings added functionality to ATI’s Network of Training Centers  page 3 More courseware developers from DA’s A&F Extension Network and ATI Centers takes part in the e-Extension Program A quality training service complemented by field demo and development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for public consumption is one of ATI’s many ways of reaching out to its clients. However, the clients’ conventional needs these days are not only met but strategically preempted by the Institute’s effort to purvey a new mode of extension that perks up a particular kind of training by implementing e-Learning through the internet. Dubbed as “Training on Courseware Development on e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries”, the said training is armed with lessons for the participants to write for e-media, develop a training module for online delivery and assemble the module into the template provided. Moreover, the training was participated by staff coming from the DA family such as the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), National Dairy Authority (NDA) and ATIs ITCPHand the Regional Training Centers (RTC). “The use of IT facilities will usher us to faster interactivity which complements to our existing extension services. This prompts us to learn from each other, mingle with the experts and share in terms of experiences. This is the kind of experience we would like to get from what we work for and we need to engage the involvement of other agencies”, Assistant Director Evelyn Aro- Esquejo said in her message during the opening program. The event was held at the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center (AFKC) computer laboratory last April 14 to 17. (Vic Thor A. Palarca) T he Knowledge Products Management Division (KPMD) of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a training on e-Learning Program Administration which was attended by 14 participants coming from the different Regional Training Centers with one (1) participant from the central office. The training was lined up with activities for the two-day slot from June 10 to 11, 2008. As stated on its training overview, the e-Learning Office (ELO) is an added functionality of the ATI-Regional Training Center in support of the full implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s e-Extension Program. This training is a pre-requisite for incoming coordinators to familiarize them with the standard operating procedures of the ELO as well as their key responsibilities. It shall also step- up the would be coordinators’ readiness level with refresher and enhancement activities on internet communication. The participants, which later were considered and named as E-Learning Office (ELO) Coordinators assumed their responsibility as such. During her welcome remarks, Assistant Director Evelyn Aro- Esquejo said that the e-Learning is a e-Learning office expand to other regions
  3. 3. 3July 2008 e-Extension Agenda e-Learning Administration... From page 2 e-Learning A&F in Full Swing Number of Graduates Online Revealed ATIinteractive... From page 1 The e-Extension Agenda July 2008 Vol I No. 1 Editor Theresa Aurora B. Cosico Writers Vic Thor A. Palarca Benedict C. Natividad Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo Pamela MG. Mappla Jose Rey Y. Alo, e-Learning Process Adviser Advisers AD Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, MNSA AD Alberto B. Maningding, MNSA Dir. Asterio P. Saliot, CESO, III MNSA reference which will be important in running the centers’ website. The participants will now act as the webmasters for their respective RTC webpages. To cover all the network of the institute’s RTCs nationwide, the training was conducted in two batches--one for the RTCs in Luzon which was held in Benguet State University, La Trinidad Benguet and for the RTCs in Visayas and Mindanao Polytechnic State College, Cagayan de Oro City. (Benedict C. Natividad) program that can make a difference since it utilizes the development in Information Technology (IT) and that it is something that the participants can proudly be part of it. “This training-workshop involves your participation and also deals with module development which needs administering since the effort is collaborative together with the different agencies. This work in progress involves coordination, advocacy and promotions as well as recruiting participants,” AD Esquejo further said. With the advent of e-Learning, implementing extension work throughout the country is no longer a Herculean task nowadays since clients from all walks of life can now access agricultural and fishery courses of their own choice online. Also, the agricultural extension workers (AEW) now have an option of sharing knowledge to their clients alongside the traditional face-to-face approach. “If this is a gamble, I have invested all my money in it,” Director Asterio P. Saliot stated as he stood firm while giving his remark to the 14 participants. “I hope that what we have desired to achieve in this program will inspire us all to make a difference especially in extension work and see positive and rewarding results in the long run.” Director Saliot stressed. (Vic Thor A. Palarca) T he e-Learning component of the e-Extension Program launched last December 2007 at the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center (AFKC) has produced 77 graduates from the five different online courses, during its test run stage. Five (5) full courses are on agri-fishery technologies namely Build Assets through Goats: Online Course on Integrated Slaughter Goat Management (19 graduates), Citrus Growing: A Promising Enterprise (4 graduates), From Seed to Seed: Online Course on Corn Production (16 graduates), Managing Common Diseases in Banana (25 graduates) and Growing Durian the Better Way (13 graduates). These five courses are now offered as rolling courses where anybody can enrol anytime and anyplace. It has now amassed a total of 310 enrollees averaging 30 enrollees per course since its inception online. Most of the online enrollees are people who are interested to venture in agribusiness and there are also agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from the local government unit across the country as the major participants. All five courses are free except for the fee-based course on Swine Husbandry. Online learners will also have the opportunity to interact through online discussion forum and access a wide array of digital learning resources to enhance their knowledge on a particular e-learning course. Other relevant agricultural information are also available on every e-Learning course which can help the enrollees make the right decisions in their farms. These digital learning resources can be downloaded anytime and anyplace. Based from its online response and requests, courses on Coffee Arabica Production: Savoring the Green Brew , Bamboo Production, Seaweed Farming, Production of Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) and Fruit Juice (FFJ) as Organic Fertilizer, Agricultural Marketing Concepts, Artificial Insemination in Swine, Extension Concepts, Roles and Qualities, Extension Strategies and Approaches, Vermiculture, Abaca Pest and Diseases Management,  Pre-membership Education in Cooperatives, Tomato Production Technology and Going Bananas...Minus the Pests will be available within this year. The courses for e-learning are developed by DA-BAR, DOST-PCCARD and ATI’s Regional Training Center. The courses are available at (Vic Thor A. Palarca) More and more extension workers and people interested to invest in agriculture are into e-Learning
  4. 4. 4 July 2008e-Extension Agenda Profile of our e-Learners T he influx of vast information along the internet superhighway can be mind-boggling and can lead a person at lost of sorting what he needs from what he doesn’t. Topics on global events, gadgets and gizmos come in hordes and one would wonder where on the internet superhighway stretch can he find a site that suits the needed information by our land-tillers and seafarers. The electronic-Learning or e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries as a major component of the electronic-Extension Program aims to modernize agricultural extension by maximizing the power of ICT to bring information to the farmers, fishers and extension workers in the country. One fool-proof example of the burgeoning enrollees of e-learning is their involvement through online activities in our e-Extension website. While the scheme of the program is to upgrade and put emphasis on the “e” on learning, let us get to know the e-Learner in our six featured e-Learners. Mr. Clemente Esto is currently employed as an Agricultural Technologist of Valencia City Agriculture Office in Valencia, Bukidnon. He is 33 years old, married and a graduate in BS Agriculture major in Animal Science. He showed great interest by enrolling in an online course in durian despite the fact that there is no internet connection in their office. His past viewing experience of some part of the course modules during the course pre-testing prompted him to enroll online since he found the course informative and entertaining. Before taking the course, he has already planted eight (8) hills of durian which are already 8 years old.  However, he feels that he needed to learn more about durian growing because he has encountered Phytophthora disease and other insect pests. Since taking the course in January, he is now confident and knew the ABC’s of durian growing. Thus, he has planted 40 new seedlings of durian. Aside from juggling work and non-work related schedules, his approach to the course is a bit erratic at first due to his busy schedule and sometimes with no internet access at home or in their office.  He had to go to an internet café nearby to continue with the course. With his perseverance in tow, this e-Learner is determined to maximize his learnings as well as earnings. Designated as Provincial High Value Commercial Crops Report Officer, Watershed and Upland Reforestation Program Report Officer, IPM Facilitator for Rice and Vegetables, there’s just no stopping Mr. Aries V. Magat from excelling in everything he undertakes. A civil servant for eight (8) years, he is the Agriculturist I in the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Aside from an IPM facilitator in rice and vegetables in the province, this multi-tasked juggler turned e-learner is also a farmer who has planted two (2) hectares of corn. Though he has already conducted a Farmer’s Field School (FFS) on corn last 2006, he thought that he has to get a formal learning on the technical aspects of the said crop to reinforce his knowledge and experiences. What prompted him to conduct an FFS is that his concept does not limit nor confine him to tackle rice and vegetable only since IPM method of teaching is process-oriented and participatory in manner. When handling the technical parts of corn production, a co-worker who is a Corn Specialist is always consulted to see to it that the activities are on the right track; which he finds it cumbersome since the latter has other work-related concerns too. To avoid this, he then decided to enroll on the available online course on corn production to further his knowledge on the said topic. Thus, the e-Learner in Mr. Aries V. Magat was born. His interest with the online course was apparent, he never stopped reading and digesting all the lessons that he finished the course within a month. A feat unmatched by his contemporary online classmates. His standing on the e-Learning academe traces back to his impressive educational attainment and credentials which he obtained with flying colors. Aries is grateful for the people behind the e-Learning Program who made it possible for him to be able to approach his undertaking with confidence in engaging in corn farming and even conducting an IPM-FFS on corn. Since he is now equipped with the basic knowledge and skills that he has acquired both in e-learning
  5. 5. 5July 2008 e-Extension Agenda e-Learning goes regional, Demystifying continues  page 7 and practical farming activities in his corn field, he is now ready to put into practice what he had learned and face the challenges that lies ahead in corn production. At present, he is at the forefront in the promotion of the e-Learning courses and is waiting for the online course offering on tomato production wherein he plans to enroll and venture in tomato production or he can integrate it with his corn production activities. Meanwhile, Tess as she is fondly called by her friends is currently employed at the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) based in Tuguegarao City. Ms. Marites A. Acosta is presently assigned at the Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring Division as processor. With her position and experience, she is continuously searching for additional knowledge and skills especially in agriculture which is significant in her environmental conservation monitoring and advocacy. Tess obtained a degree in Bachelor of Science in Development Communication (B.S. DevComm) and pursued Master of Science in Environmental Studies. For eleven years (11) in government service, it was her first time to have a training through the internet. This made her decide to enroll in the e-course in Citrus. She claims it to be an additional information and knowledge in her dissemination activities wherein she will already be disseminating not just tree planting but also citrus planting. Tess assures that the course will also serve as her guide in establishing a citrus orchard / plantation soon. With her initial browse on the modules, Tess appreciated the course for being informative with the pictures and links defining technical terms. Tess said that she is looking for more T he Demystifying e-Learning seminar series this year have gone regional to make its stakeholders specially those who are based in the countryside familiar on how the electronic (thus, the “e” in e-Learning) system works between the Institution and its clients. The e-learning component of the e-Extension Program has become part of ATI’s regular function to fast track the information dissemination and extension services of the Department of Agriculture (DA). This time, the Institute’s Regional Training Centers (RTC) invited partner agencies in the region to participate on the said event. Some university students also attended the seminar at the ITCPH in Lipa City. From its regional reach vantage point, ITCPH had a total of 70 participants on its January 22, 2008 slot, RTC- XI with 34 participants last February 21, RTC-VI with 44 participants last February 28, 18 participants for RTC IV-A last March 18, RTC-VII with 28 participants last April18, and RTC-V with 30 participants last April 21. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) have purposedly done its seminar series regional to serve as supplementary course to its extension and training services to DA. In many aspects, e-Learning is commonly associated with the field of advanced learning technology which deals with both the technologies and methodologies in learning using networked and/or multimedia More Stakeholders in agriculture and fish- eries got demystified on e-Learning technologies. It is naturally suited to distance learning, but can also be used in combination with the traditional face-to-face teaching. e-Learning can also refer to educational web sites such as those offering learning scenarios, worksheets and interactive exercises. The term is also used extensively in the business sector where it generally refers to cost- effective online training. Other features also include blended approach with integrated field activities as well as face-to- face interaction between learners and experts. Learners will also have the opportunity to interact through online discussion forums and can access to a wide array of free digital resources to enhance their knowledge on the e-learning courses as well as keep abreast with other relevant agricultural information. e-Learning offers convenience and the ability to work any place where an internet connection is available and flexibility to learn at one’s own pace. (Vic Thor A. Palarca) e-Learner’s Profile... From page 4
  6. 6. 6 July 2008e-Extension Agenda ATI holds 1st e-Learning Sum-It ASEAN member countries convene to strengthen Agri-Fishery Sector, ASEAN Farmer’s Week held  page 8 ATI gathers the pioneer courseware developers for e-Learning to assess the first round of activities T he Agricultural Training Institute Central Office (ATI- CO) with the Knowledge Products Management Division (KPMD) as its lead implementing division conducted “Beyond Development and Delivery: First e-Learning Sum-it” training last March 24 to 27, 2008 at the Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City. This training is the final assembly of the pioneer courseware developers for thee- Learning component of the DA’s e-Extension Program for A&F. Participants came from the ATI Regional Training Centers (RTCs) from regions: I, II, III, CAR, Caraga, VIII and X. They were joined by representatives from DA-BAR and DOST-PCARRD. The training aimed to: 1) plan the M&E scheme for courseware developer’s online courses; 2) maximize the major improvements as well as those from the previous version of Courselab; 3) perform the basic troubleshooting of their own developed online courses; 4) manage their own enrollees; and 5) repackage and upload their revised courses. The three day training included lectures of Prof. Madeline Suva, Ph.D of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), about the latest trends on evaluating e-Learning and how to plan the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of e-Learning. There were also lectures and demonstrations by Jose Rey Y. Alo, e-Learning process advisor on the new versions of software used for e-learning such as the Courselab and treeDBnotes. A consultative forum on the frequency of course offerings with panels headed by AD Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, Mr. Alo and Antonieta J. Arceo, OIC-Chief, KPMD was held. During the consultative forum participants presented what happened during the test run of their courses and other problems that they have encountered. The pioneer courseware developers have decided to offer a rolling type course, where the courses will always be open for enrollment and with unlimited slots. (Benedict C. Natividad) I n the continuing effort among ASEAN countries to keep abreast with the latest agricultural and fisheries breakthroughs, the 16th ASEAN Farmers’ Week was held in Cagayan de Oro City last May 20 to 24, 2008. The event which is of considerable importance to the Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector was attended by a total of 71 participants consisting of the rural youth and women coming from the different organizations such as 4-H Club, the Pambansang Mannalon- Mag-uuma-Magbabaul-Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP) along with the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) have convened to symbolize, promote and experience the farm family concept. The concept of uniting the three (3) distinct organizations was to facilitate exchange of ideas on current developments and initiatives in the field of agricultural training and extension to hastening the farmer’s adoption of modern and sustainable agricultural technologies and best practices to increase their productivity and income. The P4MP, a duly registered umbrella organization of the farmers’ association in the Philippines together with the Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute (DA- ATI) and Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit –X (DA- RFU-X) sponsored the event. This annual event also involves the exchange visit of farmers from the ASEAN member countries which provides the opportunity to share experiences and exchange agricultural information and updates on new technologies and prospects ASEAN farmers, rural-based organization in the Philippines were briefed on DA’s new endeavor the e-Extension Program
  7. 7. 7July 2008 e-Extension Agenda ATI reinforces ASEAN Extension Workers / Trainers, Series of International Trainings conducted e-Learner’s profile... From page 5  page 8 time to finish the course and to re- enroll if necessary. Mr. Francisco “Pangki” Eguna Calang, is a 31-year-old bachelor who had been growing banana since his childhood. Currently, he is the caretaker of ATI-Caraga’s banana demo-farm located at Brgy. Los Angeles, Butuan City. Pangki also has his own half-hectare banana area situated in the hinterland of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. As a banana grower, he wanted to advance his knowledge on the proper management of banana through training. But with his busy schedule in the farm he finds it hard to squeeze in his time to attend traditional classroom-type training instructions. Opportunely, when ATI’s e-Learning was launched early this year, he became interested upon knowing e-Learning’s flexibility that would allow him to progress with just a few minutes at a time, as his schedules permit. It would help him move forward along a structured yet versatile learning path. He enrolled in the e-course on the Eradication of Common Diseases in Banana last January 24, 2008, with the belief that it will be instrumental in combating various diseases in banana and intensifying his banana production. “The information presented in the course was well laid out, detailed and understandable,” Pangki said after finishing the course on February 21, 2008. He added that with the vivid pictures and video clips presented, he doesn’t even have to attend field demonstrations anymore since the images were understandable and clear enough for him. “Now I can easily identify what kind of disease has struck my bananas and how I can effectively prevent its further spread… I am looking forward to a bountiful, disease-free harvest in T he Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has conducted a total of three (3) international trainings this year. The general objective of conducting such milestone events is to empower extension workers, trainers, and selected cooperatives/farmers group representatives in their respective field of expertise and act as a medium to transmit to their farmer-constituents what they have learned during the course of the training. The International Training Course on Off-Season Vegetable Production (an ASEAN-Japan Partnership Project) which was held last March 2 to 16, 2008 in Cagayan de Oro City was participated by a total of twenty-five (25) training participants from Cambodia, Lao-PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines were among the ASEAN member countries with five (5) participants per country. The general objective of the training is to enhance awareness, knowledge and skills of the participants in off- season vegetable production. The training was made possible by the cooperation and assistance of the government of Japan through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries with the cooperation of Japan’s Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-Zenchu). Meanwhile, marketing is one component of agricultural development that should be given priority. One of the pressing issues in the agriculture sector of many developing countries, more so with the least developed countries is the lack of capability of the farmers in coming-up with appropriate marketing strategies for agricultural products. Thus, the International Training Course on Agricultural Marketing Strategies was held to enhance the capacities of participants on the formulation of effective agricultural marketing strategies and the development of appropriate marketing plan to be implemented in their own respective countries. It transpired last May 4 to 18, 2008 in Pangasinan with a total of 30 participants from Cambodia, Lao- PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal as well as the Philippines consisting of three (3) participants per country . Another event, the International Training Course on Agricultural Marketing (Focused on Cooperatives) had a total of thirty- two (32) participants coming from the different ASEAN member countries like Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao-PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The general objective of this training is to capacitate extension workers and selected cooperative/farmers group representatives on agricultural marketing. The training was held in Davao City last June 1 to 15, 2008. All of the trainees were benefited about the electronic Extension Program (e-extension Program) for Agriculture and Fisheries which aims to provide, integrate and harmonize the delivery of electronic Extension services in collaboration with the various organizational units of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other agencies. (Vic Thor A. Palarca) e-Extension goes ASEAN, where briefings were conducted during the ASEAN international trainings
  8. 8. 8 July 2008e-Extension Agenda Republic of the Philippines Department of Agriculture AGRICULTURAL TRAINING INSTITUTE ATI Bldg., Elliptical Rd., Diliman, Quezon City Trunkline (63-2) 9298541 List of e-Learning Courses ASEAN Farmer’s week... From page 6 Telefax (63-2) 9209792 Website: E-mail Add: for agribusiness ventures within and beyond the ASEAN region. In line with this, KPMD OIC-Chief Ms. Antonieta Arceo informed the participants about the electronic Extension Program (e-Extension Program) for Agriculture and Fisheries which aims to provide, integrate and harmonize the delivery of electronic Extension services in collaboration with the various organizational units of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other agencies. Attendees from the ASEAN member countries include Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao-PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei.(Vic Thor A. Palarca) e-Learner’s Profile... From page 7 the months to come”, he optimistically expressed. A Seismic Engineer by profession, Mr. Edgard T. Escalona was also an OCW when he decided to learn more about the ins and outs of goat raising since he believes that goat raising is a profitable business undertaking that he will venture after his retirement. It was in 2006 that he attempted to raise goats on a large- scale basis in his farm in Bingag, Panglao Island, Bohol. At first, there were only a few pairs which later on became 35 heads that he banked on as his preliminary attempt to the said venture. Like most early ventures lacking in experience, the first 35 goats died due to mismanagement and the lack of technology know-how. Unfazed, Mr. Escalona started hitting several reference books and the internet specially ATI’s e-course offering on goat raising which gave him information on the proper management of goat raising. He also attended seminars and visited farm goats to serve as his business model. To enhance his knowledge on goat production so he can turn his farm in La Union into a goat enterprise was the aim of Mr. Rodrigo Cariaso, a 53 year old former military officer of the Philippine Army who hails from the province of La Union but presently residing at Makati City. This e-learner is also into raising goats. His confidence and approach to his new venture was boosted after he went through the basics of goat raising through the e-Learning experience. Outside the service, he formerly worked as operations officer of security agencies and lately as a finance officer of a law office. With his dream to go back to the countryside in tow, Mr. Cariaso traverses back and forth from La Union to Makati City. (Vic Thor A. Palarca with reports/ write-ups from DOST-PCARRD, ATI Region 1, II, X and Caraga) Rolling Courses (Courses currently available) Growing Vegetables in Greenhouses Bamboo Production Managing Common Diseases in Banana Production of Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) and Fruit Juice (FFJ) as Organic Fertilizer Citrus Growing: A Promising Enterprise Agricultural Marketing Concepts Growing Durian the Better Way Artificial Insemination in Swine From Seed to Seed: Online Course on Corn Production Extension Concepts, Roles and Qualities Build Assets Through Goats (6 courses) Extension Strategies and Approaches Vermiculture Abaca Pest and Diseases Management Pre-membership Education in Cooperatives Tomato Production Technology Going Bananas... Minus the Pests Coffee Arabica Production: Savoring the Green Brew Abaca Pro- duction Seaweed Farming Courses to be offered