The Usefulness of AgMOOCs for Capacity Building of Sub-Saharan Africa Agriculture
13th May 2021
14:00 - 16:30 GMT
RUFORUM in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), is organizing a capacity building virtual workshop on capacity building on Agricultural Massive Open Online Courses (AgMOOCs) for sub-Saharan Africa agriculture. This will be a 2 hour virtual workshop targeting important groups of RUFORUM stakeholders to discuss the development and implementation of AgMOOCs. The output from the workshop is expected to be a report containing a proposal for the process of developing and delivering AgMOOCs in SSA region.
This capacity building workshop is organized by RUFORUM meant to supplement the efforts made by COL, which jointly with its partners, has been implementing the AgMOOCs project since 2015. Significant experiences and lessons have been generated from deployment of ideas and practices. More than thirty (30) AgMOOCs have been offered to 150,000 learners at the level of advanced undergraduate students, incumbent faculty, extension practitioners, and researchers under the umbrella of AgMOOCs. Through its programme of Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) COL used the experiences to keep the doors of learning open during the first phase of the COVID-19 lockdown (April-June, 2020). During that period, COL’s three AgMOOCs attracted nearly 32,000 learners, the majority from poor social and economic backgrounds. An independent evaluation of the AgMOOCs project in 2019 showed that diverse topics can meaningfully be covered offering reasonably good rates of success to learners. COL is partnering with RUFORUM to address the problem
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