RUFORUM is pleased to share with you Open Education Resources (OERs) that have been developed by RUFORUM Member universities and partners. Should you need to access all the AgShare Resources, you can type AgShare in the search engine at http://repository.ruforum.org/.
Challenges of documenting and disseminating agricultural indigenous knowledge for sustainable food security in Soroti District. Haumba, Eric Nelson
The AgShare Toolkit:
The AgShare Quality Assurance Toolkit is meant to provide resources which can be used and referred to by trainers, faculty, staff and graduate students to assure that outputs for research and farm communities will follow best practices. Read more
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- Virtual Learning Environment (1)
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RUFORUM appreciates the partnerships of Mekelle University, Haramaya University, Makerere University, Michigan State University and the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) in producing OERs that are influencing Curriculum in African Universities.
Above: Sun drying of Moringa leaf believed to be rich in nutrients and medicine for many diseases. This product has great demand on local market.
Agshare provides strategies for a logical institutional approach to teaching, research and community development. The AgShare core strategy is a research-based approach for the co-creation and publication of agricultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. Multiple-media Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced, shared, modified, and made freely available through learning networks. Students engage in participatory action research with identified communities and supported by their research supervisors.
The Agshare II Objectives being implemented by the Agricultural Economics Department at Haramaya University intend to;
- Produce three OER modules for three MSc courses namely: Agricultural marketing and price analysis, Research methods, and Institutional and behavioral economics
- Produce three MSc theses
- Produce three case study reports from the MSc research
- Produce three video case studies
What have we achieved so far?
- Modules produced, reviewed and incorporation of comments in progress
- Masters research topics identified, students recruited, students proposals successfully defended
- Video case studies under production and review.
- Continuous professional support has been delivered to the students
- Field visits to the study sites conducted
- Preliminary findings from the students’ data collection and analysis
- Two draft Masters theses were produced and submitted to the respective supervisors
- Case study reports under production
Challenges and opportunities for collaborations
- There is a long procedure and duration for defending Masters theses at Haramaya University because of the decision to conduct proposal defenses only four times a year.
- Technical capacity gap caused by the appointment of the formerly trained and experienced video instructor to a deanship position.
- Distant study research sites and communication problems.
- Visa requirement and the cost implications to conduct surveys at the vegetable terminal markets (Hargessa, Somali land) from Kombolcha.
The resources from AgShare II when ready will be available at http://repository.ruforum.org/ and the videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbbSyBnMYksU1npL8w-IoLQ
Above: Students at a Retooling Workshop in Mukono, Uganda
The College of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda are participating in the Agshare II Project. This component of Agshare II has resulted in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge through working with farming communities, students and academic faculty.
Selected students with computer and agricultural related background have participated in field-based participatory action research into farmers’ practices and documented cases of indigenous agricultural related knowledge. Students and faculty have also participated in capacity-building workshops in research, Open Education Resources (OER) and media production skills. For more information about the background to the Agshare II project, please read this article.
Above: Farmers Workshop in Hoima District, Uganda
- Agriculture and Information Science master level students were recruited and have been involved in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge from farmers through the use of smart phone technology.
- An online database has been developed using Agri-Drupal (http://aims.fao.org/tools/agridrupal/background), to enhance access and exchange of information on agricultural indigenous knowledge. It is a database where the intellectual output of the AgShare Indigenous Knowledge can be accessed.
- Capacity building events have been held and these include: pre-field retooling of students on the use of smart phone technology in data collection and a data collection techniques & technology applications workshop
- A farmers’ pilot workshop was held in Hoima District, Uganda.
- Information has been packaged in the form of flyers, CD-ROM / DVD, brochures and posters.
- Case studies to support agricultural research themes have been developed to support the delivery of the MSc Information Sciences programs
After being part of the AgShare I pilot, Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine is engaged in the Agshare II work at the college with a focus on improving the efficiency of the dairy value chain in Uganda. The Agshare Methods place emphasis on the following:
- Students working closely with their faculty supervisors and carrying out field-based research into farmers’ practices and needs.
- Students, faculty and staff participating in capacity-building workshops in research, open educational resources (OER) and media production skills.
- Students’ work published in three ways: as OER multimedia learning packages for incorporation into degree programs; as information for farmers that is used for follow-up visits and extension materials; as research in master’s thesis and undergraduate student research.
- The OER published in appropriately leading to recognition for scholarship, teaching, research and extension.
Through its objectives; a) create an enabling institutional environment to support the adoption of the AgShare student-centered research methodology, b) increase the number of good quality OERs produced to support agricultural curricula using the AgShare method and c) widely disseminate the AgShare methodology and quality peer-reviewed African OER, the Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine has registered successes along its implementation of the AgShareII project.
The teams have jointly identified the following research priority themes – water management, feeds, milking handling practices and acaricide management. Case studies, Video clips with interviews and still images have been developed covering a diversity of themes – residues, transportation methods, contaminants, disease epidemiology, presentations and management. A training course was held to support staff and students in courseware development. This course improved staff and students’ skills in instructional design for online courses, open licensing and the Agshare method and basic MOODLE skills. A farmer training event has been held with baseline data for individual farmers collected and analyzed by students.