An initiative established by Saide to play a leading role in driving the development and use of OER across all education sectors on the African continent.
Ag share ii presentation fao
AgShare: Open Knowledge for DevelopmentFunded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Karen Vignare Michigan State University
What is AgShare?• What is Ag? – All aspects of African animal, plant, forestry, and fisheries production and value networks.• What is Share? – Action – Collaboration – Intentionally creating and sharing African teaching, learning and research resources that are free, openly-licensed and effective.
The Original Scope of AgShare? Community- Resource Partners Wide Partners
AgShare Vision– To impact the welfare and health of farmers in Africa– by empowering MSc students and graduates of African institutions– to achieve change in agriculture– by leveraging African knowledge through OER processes and products– that are integrated into universities and the global knowledge pool.
First Pilot Convening March 2010 Nairobi, Kenya
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
CMAAE Makerere USIU HaramayaCollaborative creation of OER creation and OER co-creation and OER creation of theOER case studies across community feedback loops by course Perspectives ontwo universities in the engagement as part of students in internships Agriculture ExtensionCMAAE. Coffee in student field research: and African faculty of for the RUFORUM MScEthiopia and Maize in Dairy Value Chain. agriculture. Course AICM program.Kenya. South-western Uganda. taught to leaders of Case materials for MSc farmer organizations, and down streamed aspirant commercial materials for improved farmers, and other farmer practice. interested parties.Strengths as a pilotReplication and Ties research and OER Co-creation using multi- Replication andcustomization in CMAAE; sustainably with institutions of different customizationco-creation using two graduate student types; community throughout RUFORUM;universities; students research; Ties with feedback loops; creating a completeand faculty working community students on internships OER course; enablestogether to create cases; engagement platform; create content; content undergraduate andinvolvement of creates field-based OER can be shared through graduate students tocommunity-wide illustrating practices; commercial farmer participate in creatingpartners. potential down producer organizations. materials as part of streaming to farmers. internships and field projects.
OER Resources Created Institutional PartnersResource Type Quantity Contributing ResourcesStudent Theses 3 Makerere and MoiTeaching Cases 10 AllScholarly Paper (inprogress) 2 MakerereReports 7 Makerere, Moi, and USIUMultimedia—DVDs/CDs 7 AllCommunity Brochures 19 AllPosters 6 All2/28/2013 10
AgShare Results—Quotes from the Impact Assessment• All data and reports indicated that AgShare had a highly positive OER impact on farmers and the broader agricultural community. In addition to its formal aims, AgShare had significant secondary effects. Impact extended beyond farmers to sectors of the value chain as well as contributing to the status and role of women involved in agricultural production.
AgShare Results—Quotes from the Impact Assessment• Student-researchers benefited in several ways, but mainly in terms of their enhanced contextually relevant specialist knowledge and induction into field-based research under the guidance of academics with whom they worked closely. Theory and practice came together. Students who studied the resulting OER benefited from content developed in authentic contexts and presented in interactive ways that brought the subject alive.
AgShare Results—Quotes from the Impact Assessment• The OER allowed them to adjust the sequencing and pacing of their own learning in line with their own needs and interests. Amongst other OER assets, students appreciated clear curriculum structure and more purposeful forms of assessment. Like their students, academics experienced the OER as an “eye opener” that presented new and exciting possibilities for teaching.
AgShare Results—Quotes from the Impact Assessment• … AgShare has synergized an impulse for the repositioning of Makerere as a “development” university. This impulse has been institutionalized in AFRISA (Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development)…..The paradigm shift is from “the classical ‘Ivory Tower’ model to the ACP3 model (Academic-Community-Public-Private Partnership” model.
Foundation Final Report• AgShare methods have transformed the way in which academics now conceptualize their role as teachers and researchers by validating community-based problems as research and collaborating with students and stakeholders• AgShare methods create relevant and effective student learning in the coursework component of the master’s degree enabling students to engage with local issues versus abstract theory2/28/2013 15
AgShare Phase II – an overview Alice Barlow-Zambodla Saide-OER Africa2/28/2013 16
Our vision• “The sustainable use of AgShare methods, driven particularly by on-going student engagement in community research, content development and knowledge sharing activities in postgraduate programmes at African Faculties of Agriculture actively supports agricultural communities to effect positive change across key identified agricultural value chains.”2/28/2013 19
Expectations of this next phaseWorking through the RUFORUM network:• That African Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Science will embed student - centred action research activities and outputs into teaching and learning and also use them to support the development of smallholder farmers.• Widespread dissemination of AgShare methodology and outputs via the RUFORUM network2/28/2013 20
Who are we working with?• 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 involved in the pilot2/28/2013 21
Main project objectives1. Creation of an enabling institutional environment to support the adoption of the AgShare student-centred research methodology in identified programmes.2. Institutional capacity is created and peer- reviewed OER produced and used, to support and enhance post-graduate agricultural curricula using the AgShare method.2/28/2013 22
Main project objectives contd.• Widespread dissemination of the AgShare methodology and related good quality African generated research outputs and OER, using multiple methods.• Focus on: scaling up, ensuring production of quality of outputs, facilitating institutional uptake and integration, and ensuring wide spread dissemination2/28/2013 23
Must have an agricultural value chain focus: – Plant Breeding/Crop Science – Soil and Water Management – AICM/Agricultural Extension NB: Case studies to be organized through the RUFORUM MSc Coordinators for the identified focus programmes2/28/2013 24
• The idea is to link AICM/Extension students needing field attachments with Plant breeding/crop science research teams to develop more case studies/extension materials• Funding is limited and relates to facilitating student involvement in the co-creation of case studies/extension materials2/28/2013 25
M&E• Main focus on measuring –Effectiveness –Scalability• Indicators are being developed2/28/2013 26
OpportunitiesWe are seeking to maximise the scaling up andeffectiveness of the AgShare model throughleveraging synergies from development ofstrategic linkages and partnerships that wouldcontribute to further scaling up and: Support capacity building and support of • Institutional staff development • Translational scholars – mentoring, work placement • Database and repository optimisation • Expansion of the model and its impact as a whole2/28/2013 27