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- ItemOpen AccessAgriculture MOOCs: Learnings from Five AgMOOCs(2016) Mishra, GauravIIT Kanpur and the Commonwealth of Learning delivered five agriculture based massive open online courses (MOOCs). This report provides insights on learners’ feedback on the course pedagogy and its relevance, content, convenience and ease of use of the technological medium, and overall perceptions of learners towards the delivered courses.
- ItemOpen AccessEvaluation of RADA Text Messages on Agricultural Disaster Risk Management (ADRM)(2012-12) K’nIfe, K’adamaweThe Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is implementing a project in L3F funded by COL. One activity of the project is the use of text messages to advise farmers across Jamaica on steps to avoid or minimize the negative impact of natural disasters on their well-being. Having disseminated the messages, an evaluation is required to assess the achieved impact on message recipients and guide further use of this medium by RADA.
- ItemOpen AccessImplementing L3 Pilot Project in Mauritius M-Powered (Mauritius-Process Oriented Women Entrepreneurship Development)(2008) Sukurdeep, NarenThe Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has confirmed its agreement with the National Productivity & Competitiveness Council(NPCC) to develop a successful pilot project on Mauritius Process Oriented Women Entrepreneurship Development(M-POWERED) with strong integration of L3 for employment of women in the agricultural sector. An agreement was signed between the two institutions following visits of Dr Krishna Alluri, Educational Specialist, Food Security & Environment and Team Leader: Learning for Livelihoods (firstname.lastname@example.org), COL and Dr. K. Balasubramanian, COL Consultant for L3 farmers.
- ItemOpen AccessThe L3Farmers Project: Report and recommendations to the Commonwealth of Learning on Open and Distance Lifelong Learning for Smallholder Farmers and Agricultural Communities(2004) Latchem, Colin; Maru, Ajit; Alluri, KrishnaThe following report is based upon Commonwealth of Learning (COL) initiated online discussions, meetings at the second Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Durban, South Africa, and research by the authors into open and distance learning (ODL) and information and communication technology (ICT) for agricultural development in low-income countries. It recommends a collaborative L3Farmers Project by the National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES), Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and COL. The report evidences a massive need to improve smallholders’ knowledge and skills in the food production market chain in low-income countries. Such is the nature, scale and extent of this need that it cannot be met by conventional extension alone, but it can be met by employing ICT, ODL and innovatory extension methods.
- ItemOpen AccessLearning for Farming Initiative: Longitudinal Study Tracing the Lifelong Learning for Farmers Activities in Tamil Nadu, India 2011(2011) Thamizoli, P; Francis, Henry; Balasubramanian, K; Soundari, Hilaria; Kamaraj, KThis report traces the progress and issues of the Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) activities in a group of villages in Tamil Nadu, India. The study makes an attempt to address two questions: 1. Has L3F made a difference in strengthening the livelihood of the marginalised women participating in the activity? 2. Has L3F influenced the process of empowerment among the participating women? The first chapter deals with the framework of L3F, concepts and methodologies. The second chapter identifies the status of the initiative during 2008. The interim developments during 2009‐2010 are described in the third chapter. The outcomes of the L3F have been elaborated in chapter IV. The final chapter synthesises the experiences and discusses about the process of self‐replication.
- ItemOpen AccessLifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) Initiative Implemented in Kenya and Uganda: Results of a Survey(2013-07) Atieno, RosemaryPresented at the Dissemination Workshop on Lifelong Learning for Farmers in Kenya and Uganda, at the Nairobi Safari Club, 31st July, 2013. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), has been facilitating the implementation of the Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) initiative, which involves an attempt to reach a large number of small farmers and marginalised sections of rural communities in South Asia, Africa and the Small Islands of Caribbean and Pacific. In 2012, COL commissioned a survey on the outcome of the L3F Initiative implemented by KAIPPG in Mumias and Busia regions of Kenya, UCRC in Siaya district, Kenya as well as Makerere University in Kabale district of Uganda. This paper presents the key highlights of the results of the evaluation survey of the L3F initiative implemented in Kenya and Uganda.
- ItemOpen AccessLongtitudinal Study Tracing the Life Long Learning for Farmers Activities in Tamil Nadu, India(2011) Thamizoli, P; Francis, Henry; Soundari, HilariaThis report traces the progress and issues of the Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) activities in a group of villages in Tamil Nadu, India. The study makes an attempt to address two questions: 1. Has L3F made a difference in strengthening the livelihood of the marginalised women participating in the activity? 2. Has L3F influenced the process of empowerment among the participating women? A longitudinal study covered the L3F initiative from 2008 to 2011. Surveys, Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs) and anthropological approaches were the tools used in the study. Index statistics was used to develop indicators such as empowerment index and social capital index. Using Liket scales and factual data, the indices were constructed. In addition to averages, statistical techniques such as ANOVA, correlation and multiple regressions helped to understand the nature and the determinants of relationships between the variables.
- ItemOpen AccessMobiMOOC - a massive open online course on horticulture - an effectiveness study, Uttar Pradesh State, INDIA(2015) Yadav, KiranFor six weeks beginning November 21, 2014, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) delivered a massive open online course (MOOC) on the horticultural crops over the mobile phone for the gardeners and agricultural students of the State of Uttar Pradesh, India. This report provides a comprehensive review of the MobiMOOC - a massive open online course on horticulture from the agricultural extension point of view. The report is intended to help in assisting IIT and COL staff to better understand the outcomes of the prototype course, the learners, their participation and performance, and their response to the course design.
- ItemOpen AccessTechnology-Mediated Open and Distance Education for Agricultural Education and Improved Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa(2008) Alluri, Krishna; Zachmann, RainerThe Learning for Livelihoods Sector of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL; www.col.org) addresses the major challenges related to learning and skills development that are key for living and for improvement of livelihoods. Developing conceptual frameworks, influencing policy, enabling technology-mediated learning, and strengthening networks and partnerships are some of the strategies that COL uses for promoting learning and skills for agricultural development, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection. In this context, COL aims at building individual and institutional capacity in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) combined with open and distance learning (ODL) in the way of technology-mediated open and distance education (Tech‑MODE).
- ItemOpen AccessUsing technology to expand learning: helping farmers prosper(2006) Daniel, John; Alluri, KrishnaThe Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty and hunger is the focus for the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). COL operates on the principle that a massive expansion of learning is a requirement for achieving this and other MDGs. However, learning needs are so massive that conventional face-to-face instruction cannot address the scale of the challenge. There are simply not enough teachers and agricultural extension workers to go around. COL believes that using technology is the way to expand learning. Technology has already transformed most aspects of life, including agriculture. It is time to apply it to learning.