AgShare II Presentation for LINQ 2013

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AgShare II Presentation for LINQ 2013

  1. 1. AgShare: Open Knowledge forDevelopmentFunded by Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationChristine Geith, PhDCo-Principal InvestigatorAssistant Provost & Executive Director,MSUglobalMichigan State UniversityLINQ 2013
  2. 2. AgShare Partners• South Africa Institute for Distance Education(SAIDE/OER Africa)• Regional Universities Forum for AgriculturalDevelopment (RUFORUM)• Michigan State University5/17/2013 2
  3. 3. Our vision• “The sustainable use of AgShare methods,driven particularly by on-going studentengagement in community research, contentdevelopment and knowledge sharingactivities in postgraduate programmes atAfrican Faculties of Agriculture activelysupports agricultural communities to effectpositive change across key identifiedagricultural value chains.”3
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  5. 5. Pilots Started June 2010• 3 Countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya• 4 Universities– Haramaya University, Ethiopia– Moi University, Kenya– Makerere University, Uganda– United States International University, Kenya• 2 University Networks– AERC (CMAAE)– RUFORUM
  6. 6. AgShare Results—Quotes from thePilot Impact Assessment• Student-researchers benefited in several ways,but mainly in terms of their enhancedcontextually relevant specialist knowledge andinduction into field-based research under theguidance of academics with whom theyworked closely. Theory and practice cametogether.
  7. 7. AgShare Results—Quotes from thePilot Impact Assessment• Students who studied the resulting OERbenefited from content developed in authenticcontexts and presented in interactive waysthat brought the subject alive.7
  8. 8. Expectations of this next phaseWorking through the RUFORUM network:• That African Faculties of Agriculture andVeterinary Science will embed student -centred action research activities and outputsinto teaching and learning and also use themto support the development of smallholderfarmers.• Widespread dissemination of AgSharemethodology and outputs via the RUFORUMnetwork8
  9. 9. AgShare II Participants• Haramaya University – Ethiopia (Pilot)• Mekelle University – Ethiopia (New)• Makerere University – Uganda [Vet Science(Pilot) and Agric/Computer Science (New)]• Sokoine University of Agriculture – Tanzania(New)• AgShare Champions - at institutions involvedin the pilot9
  10. 10. AgShare II FocusAgricultural value chain focus:–Plant Breeding/Crop Science–Soil and Water Management–AICM/Agricultural Extension10
  11. 11. AgShare II Activities• Institutional staff development• Translational scholars – mentoring, workplacement• Database and repository optimisation• Expansion of the model and its impact asa whole11
  12. 12. Thank you!Christine Geith, PhDMichigan State Universitygeith@msu.edu12

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