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E-Learning - (not just) for Courses on/for Extension Education

E-Learning Workshop in Benin, March 19-23, 2012 

Facilitator and Trainer:  Karen Vignare, MSUglobal, Michigan State University  

MEAS was asked to provide a presenter for the Sasakawa Fund for African Extension (SAFE) Technical Workshop in Porto Novo, Benin. The meeting was a combination of university reports on extension education initiative, elearning training and training on creating gender friendly initiatives. There were 50 participants. A total of 26 participants were from universities.The material prepared for this training can be downloaded further below (or click on numbered items - file will download automatically). 

The e-learning workshop training occurred on the last two days of the conference. The e-learning workshop goals for the participants included:
  • Understand the differences and opportunities to use online learning, blended learning and web enhanced learning 
  • Understand the differences in asynchronous and synchronous delivery 
  • Understand effective teaching practices for online learning especially in formal environments 
  • Understand open education resources (OER), where to find them, how to create them and encouraging creation of student OERs 
  • Find free and open source tools 
  • Upload a lecture, notes, assignments and finding other appropriate tools for interaction 

The participants received five Power point files, entitled:
  1. Introduction and Overview: Online Learning, Blended Learning and Open Educational Resources
  2. Designing Online Instruction Based on Student Needs 
  3. Effective Online Teaching Strategies
  4. The Online Environment Within the University and Openly Available
  5. Planning for Scalable Operations and Costs of E-Learning

They were also given three handouts which provided rubrics and assessment information:

The participants seemed engaged in learning about online learning. The group was expected to actually create online documents but due to low and infrequent connectivity there were only planning sessions. Not all of the participants had laptops. Two of the university professors had created and taught online courses. Their input corroborated the presenter’s that e-learning requires planning, knowledge of instructional design, and considerable time.

The participants were very concerned with cost of elearning development and delivery. There was very little debate on the merit as most participants agreed it was necessary.

Recommendations:
  • Offer a online learning development workshop where course modules would be developed 
  • Offer strategic design of online learning 
  • Provide training on open educational resources



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