Professional communities of extension agents

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Agriculture can address the present situations of turbulence doing appeal to
a highly professional and closely networked
system of knowledge: training of technicians through e-learning blended and their informal aggregation into networks of skill (professional communities) are two strategic methodologies

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Professional communities of extension agents

  1. 1. Professional communities of extension agents 1. Introduction 2. Veneto experience 3. E-learning blended 4. Professional communities 5. Problems 19° European Seminar on Extension Education Stefano Barbieri Assisi 2009 Veneto Agricoltura - Italy
  2. 2. 1.1 - Introduction The extension service is more like a knowledge market the State makes the policies, the rules, supports the farmers, but doesn't manage the service Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  3. 3. 1.2 - Introduction The farmer is “free” to choose the advisory agency If, he chooses an accredited agency (according a set of criteria decided by State or Region) the Public give him a x % of cost (FAS in EU reg 1698/2005) Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  4. 4. 1.3 - Introduction The consultants sell his knowledge, his skills, and compete with each other Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  5. 5. 1.4 - Introduction Strenght aspect: - more attention to farmers needs - more power in the hand of the farmer Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  6. 6. 1.5 - Introduction Hazards: - dispersion of resources - lack of coordination - sterile competition Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  7. 7. 1.6 - Introduction the opportunity to acquisition and spread of knowledge is are multiplying, are opening New media – is web – web 2.0 Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  8. 8. 1.7 - Introduction We can address the present “situations of turbulence” doing appeal to a highly professional and closely networked system of knowledge Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  9. 9. 1.8 - Introduction It is important to promote - free circulation of knowledge, - professional development based on processes of collaborative learning, - enhancement of the experience gained at work Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  10. 10. 1.9 - Introduction two strategic methodologies: - training of technicians through e-learning blended - their informal aggregation into networks of skill (professional communities) Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  11. 11. the Regional public Company for the agricultural, forestry and agri-food sector of Veneto Region – Nord-est Italy - Research and experimentation - Economic studies - Nature and environmental conservation and education - Training and spreading information Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  12. 12. 2 - Veneto experiences on e-learning and professional communities of extension agents Adviser on cross compliance - E-learning blended course 88 hours (22+66) – 2 months ½ - 16 editions - 400 technicens trained - Professional community Other e-learning courses - Management in organic agriculture - Bioenergy - Beef traceability - Safety on the job in agriculture http://elearning.regione.veneto.it/
  13. 13. 3.1 – E-learning blended E-LEARNING BLENDED original texts class room and in-depth documents Self-assessment study tour tests I think ... forum Why ...? Yes, but. ... exercises Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  14. 14. 3.2 – E-learning blended defined group of students (20-30), led by a tutor Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  15. 15. 3.3 – E-learning blended The course cannot be studied randomly, but according milestones the students are professional that risk give priority to their work engagements than e-learning course, with a continue postpone Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  16. 16. 3.4 – E-learning blended active interaction discuss in Forum, upload documents and pictures, ect. share your experience collaborative learning This is the start to professional communities, which keep alive a network of knowledge and relations that conventional learning processes promote, but rarely preserve in the long term Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  17. 17. 4.1 – Professional communities a web (but not only) social/professional- network where all professionals, interested in a particular subject, are involved to share and to expand their knowledge, professional skills, experiences and solutions. Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  18. 18. 4.2 – Professional communities NO traditional educational experience, but “professional”, targeted at job and focused on the experience of the participants and their ability and desire to cooperate. Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  19. 19. 4.2 – Professional communities More effective communities are born from a previous e-learning course Members know each other, equal basic skills. Familiar with network The community generates among its members a process of identification and aggregation among "equals" Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  20. 20. 4.3 – Professional communities New job for extension agent “community builder” - stimulate the activities of members, facilitate the approach to the technologies of the web, etc. Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  21. 21. 4.4 – Professional communities Integrated projects, that use different kinds of tools and methodologies: the printing and dissemination of fact sheets and handbooks, in- depth seminars, etc.. These instruments play a role in enhancing the diffusion of knowledge and support the consultancy activities of the agents. Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  22. 22. Integrate project Individual information handbook service Advisory sheets Dossier Check-list Cross compliance Training workshops e-learning Internet Professional community
  23. 23. 5.1 – Problems Digital device Estension agents: no-expert about informatics tools and their language. prefer express themselves verbally than writing Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  24. 24. 5.2 – Problems Professional jealousy market of knowledge vs. collaborative learning - skills, knowledge as a precious personal resource - competence and knowledge improve thanks to the contribute and the experience of all. Give the right space for experiential knowledge ... often take the form of stories ... told in informal spaces and informally , en famille Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  25. 25. 5.3 – Problems Hesitation of civil servants to expose themselves Often the issues being discussed are legislation problems Often civil servants are teachers or experts but generally they are afraid to expose themselves in informal situations such as web forums, in which their answers appear such as an official document Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  26. 26. 5.4 – Problems The method change the knowledge ? G. Siemens (Knowing Knowledge, 2006) Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Italy
  27. 27. Professional communities of extension agents Stefano Barbieri - Veneto Agricoltura www.venetoagricoltura.org stefano.barbieri@venetoagricoltura.org 19° European Seminar on Extension Education Stefano Barbieri Assisi 2009 Veneto Agricoltura - Italy

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