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Call for applications: On-line course “Challenges of Organic Arable Farming”

The objective of the course is to enable students and professionals to familiarize with the latest insights, context and concepts of Organic Arable Farming and to provide them new tools and practices to tackle current difficulties related to production and protection.

2017.02.17 | Helene Kristensen

Duration:  03 April – 30 June 2017 (3 months)

Location: MAIB web-based platform

Objective

OK-Net Arable is a project aiming at increasing the productivity and the quality of organic arable farming in Europe, by improving exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists. In this framework an online course including material collected and produced by the project will be delivered.

The objective of this course, along all its modules, is to enable students and professionals to familiarize with the latest insights, context and concepts of Organic Arable Farming and to provide them new tools and practices to tackle current difficulties related to production and protection. 

At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop their own critical thinking, will become familiar with the emerging threats of Organic Arable Farming and the main issues of debate including: soil fertility, nutrient management, pest and disease control, weed management and crop specific issues. Furthermore, trainees will populate community of practice by sharing questions and information about the new trends in organic arable farming at European level. 

Methodology

Taking into consideration the profile of the course participants, the “Peer learning” approach is adopted in order to set up a “Community of practice” sharing common interests and stimulating participants to interact in a constructive and open-minded discussion.

The interaction will come up within a discussion forum, on the project e-learning platform, where significant contributions can enrich the course contents (collaborative method).

The technological choice of Learning Management System (LMS) has been selected based on the applied methodology and adopting the most appropriate solutions, both in terms of user-friendliness and the benefit-cost ratio (Open Source).

The learning process:

At the beginning of each module, participants will find, in the Learning Path area on the platform, the study material. Participants will have to read and digest the content, then will be invited by the tutor to participate to the discussion session in the Forum area of the platform where they can express their opinions, comments and can address possible questions, as a part of the discussion among themselves and/or with the tutor. Moreover, they can provide additional information that could enrich the module in favour of the “community” itself as well as the project partners.

The tutor (assigned by MAIB) will manage the discussion forum and chat interactions participating in each session, answer questions and address them to the external experts whenever needed. The system will facilitate the access of any external expert to the discussion forum.

Besides the “Learning path” and “Forum”, the adopted LMS (Claroline)/E-learning platform offers many other tools: Agenda, documents, links, announcements, chat, course description etc.

Moreover, three Webinars on selected topics will be delivered during the course.

Content and Structure

This course is structured into six modules. Each Module is articulated in a 2-week course that includes a PPT supported by related tools (practice abstracts, leaflets, guidelines, calculation, videos, books, reports, web pages etc.).

This course is structured into six modules. Each Module is articulated in a 2-week course that includes a PPT supported by related tools (practice abstracts, leaflets, guidelines, calculation, videos, books, reports, web pages etc.).

Programme

1st module: Soil quality and fertility

  • Strategies to enhance soil fertility and assessment of soil fertility and quality

2nd module: Nutrient management

  • Fertilization strategies to enhance nutrient availability in organic arable crops

3rd module: Pest and disease control

  • Monitoring, preventive and curative measures for pests and diseases management

4th module: Weed management

  • Technical tools, strategies and machineries to tackle weeds in organic arable farming

5th module: Crop specific issues

  • Crops specific problems and potential solutions in cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables

6th module: Recovery and final synthesis


 

Candidates’ profile 

The course is addressed to 30 trainees having at least a Bachelor or an undergraduate degree in agriculture or related sciences with at least a basic experience in organic agriculture, interested in a deep and broad understanding of the main updates governing the organic sector in the last years. The course welcomes also students specializing in organic agriculture as well as former MAIB alumni, providing an update to their knowledge acquired in the Master course at CIHEAM Bari. It is also open to institutions of the ok-Net-Arable project.   

Candidates’ prerequisites

The minimum knowledge required for an effective learning process includes:    

  1. Fluency in English;
  2. Bachelor or an undergraduate degree
  3. Basic knowledge in organic agriculture
  4. Easy access to a computer connected to the Internet (e-mail and the Web)
  5. The commitment to devote about four hours weekly to the course activities and to fulfil all course tasks

All teaching materials shall be provided in English.

A certificate of completion will be issued by MAIB and IFOAM EU, in the framework of the ok-Net-Arable project, to all participants who complete successfully the course-related assignments and assessments.

Candidature (Application form + CV) should be sent to the following address: oknet@iamb.it.

Deadline for receiving applications is March 15, 2017.


Additional Information

All teaching materials shall be provided in English.

A certificate of completion will be issued by MAIB and IFOAM EU, in the framework of the ok-Net-Arable project, to all participants who complete successfully the course-related assignments and assessments.

Candidature (Application form + CV) should be sent to the following address: oknet@iamb.it.

Deadline for receiving applications is March 15, 2017.

Go to application form


Contacts:

MAIB E-learning Staff Luigi Sisto Distance Learning (DL) Coordinator e-mail : l.sisto@iamb.it Onofrio Lorusso Computer Technologist e-mail : lorusso@iamb.it 

MAIB  E-learning Staff:

Luigi Sisto Distance Learning (DL) Coordinator  e-mail : l.sisto@iamb.it

Onofrio Lorusso

Computer Technologist 
e-mail : lorusso@iamb.it

MAIB  Scientific Staff, Organic Department:

Lina Al Bitar
Course Coordinator 
e-mail:   albitar@iamb.it

Tutors:

Ramez Mohamad
ramez@iamb.it

Deaa Alwanney
deaaalwanney@gmail.com

Suzana Madzaric
smbmancic@gmail.com


Go to application form

Agriculture and food
Tags: OK-Net Arable