This week (9-13 March 2015) is the Open Education Week – a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness.
RUFORUM is pleased to share with you the growing database of open educational resources that have been developed as part of the MRCI Project, Agshare I Project and Agshare II Project. Please click here to view the courses. We also have some courses shared on our MOODLE platform that can be accessed through a guest username.
The following Open Education Resources are available:
- PhD Aquaculture & Fisheries Science (4)
- Agriculture Information Communication Management (15)
- Dry Land Resource Management (2)
- Virtual Learning Environments (1)
- Training Workshops (1)
- Research Methods (11)
We encourage you to watch the video below to learn more about Open Education Resources and why they matter. This video was created by Blink Tower (Cape Town, South Africa) for a 2012 video competition (http://whyopenedmatters.org/index.html). You can join the Online discussions on twitter using the Hashtag: #openeducationwk or visit http://www.openeducationweek.org/ for more information.
This publication has come out of the 3rd Africa-wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions, and it profiles the achievements of the semi-finalists and all who participated. The two competitions were both timely and strategic as science, technology and innovation is increasingly regarded as an important ingredient for agricultural transformation and sustained socioeconomic development in Africa. Policymakers at national, continental and international levels are more committed than ever to advancing agriculture.
CTA, FARA and partners believe that knowledge especially that which is generated through research should be communicated to a wide range of stakeholders to catalyse agricultural innovation. Through the competitions, the consortium partners supported African women and young professionals to showcase their work in agricultural research to stakeholders and the public on the continent and the larger international community. Through their outstanding research and the ‘winning’ papers they wrote, enterprising and promising women and young professionals contributed to the success of the 2012/13 competitions. This publication provides insights into their research which is aimed at resolving Africa’s challenges in food and nutrition security and highlights the priority areas for further investigation.
Most of the winners work in their national systems and their research is already making a difference on the ground. The diversity of topics and approaches demonstrates the great potential of African women and young professionals in using science and innovation to address Africa’s challenges. Furthermore, the strategies, methods and tools that they are using to disseminate – scientific findings, technologies, or approaches – show their creativity in reaching the intended audiences and beneficiaries.