The goal of the course is to provide an in-service training for the CEW’s and other extension workers to improve their skills and gain a formal academic qualification.
The 3 month in service course provides an intensive training that focuses on improving competencies of the CEW. The course will take a blended approach; residential and eLearning.
Specific objectives of the course:
At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:
- Explain the role of agricultural extension workers
- Explain how to use adult learning principles in agricultural extension work
- Identify and Discuss the key components in program planning, implementation and evaluation
- Communicate effectively orally, communicate through mass media and written reports
- Understand how to use ICT in extension work
- Define climate change and explain its impact on agriculture in Cambodia
- Understand farm business
- Understand climate smart agriculture and climate resilience in farming
This is a competency based in-service course for the CEWs in Cambodia, designed in a Learner-centric format.
The entire subject matter is divided into short multiple units, the learner does not have to commit to a longer stretch of time to devote to training. This is practical, considering the CEW’s are also busy working. Each concept is focused in a different module. This provides enough time to trainee to understand and assimilate the knowledge that is shared without being burdened with information overload. The learner also gets a chance to apply their knowledge and get motivated to move on to the next unit in the curriculum.
This course is designed for residential and eLearning modes of study. The learners will be expected to attend a one week residential session at the beginning of the course, then study at home through eLearning modules.
Methods of instruction
The course has a combination of different learning activities, specifically:
- Presentation — short chunks of material presented to the learner to read.
- Demonstrations and/or behavior modeling — video and/or animations to demonstrate tasks and procedures.
- Case studies and/or problem-based learning — detailed explanation of a situation or problem that learners must analyze and offer findings, recommendations, or solutions.
- Graphical illustrations in the eLearning course— still or animated graphics, photos, charts, and diagrams to reinforce content or illustrate processes.
- Audio — voiceover narration to reinforce onscreen text.
- Interactions — integrated opportunities throughout the instruction that allow users to explore content, apply knowledge, and check understanding through questions/quizzes.
- Simulations — interactive environments that simulate real work experiences and conditions.
- Blended learning — combination of the e-Learning approach with more traditional teaching methods, including classroom instruction(residential training) and on-the-job training