Mid-term review for international cooperation program completed
From June 22 to 23, CABTS conducted the mid-term review on the international cooperation program of “China-US distance learning cooperation: capacity building in online learning for new-type vocational farmers” in Laizhou, Shandong Province. Participating local schools reported on how the program was implemented, including Hebei Provincial ABTS, Shijiazhuang Municipal ABTS, Chengde Municipal ABTS, Qianan County ABTS, Jiangsu Provincial ABTS (Haimen campus and Rudong campus), Sanmenxia Municipal ABTS and Shandong Provincial ABTS (Laizhou campus). In 2016, the above-mentioned schools were engaged in the development of 8 online learning modules, namely “extension and publicity of agricultural products”, “marketing channels of agricultural products”, “branding and packaging of agricultural products”, “analysis of consumer demand for agricultural products”, “mid- and late-term field management techniques for machine-transplanted rice”, and “transplanting techniques for Haimi sweet melon”, as well as the pilot projects of online learning for the two modules of “apple tree pollination” and “cultivation techniques for mushroom in the undergrowth in summer”. Based on the mid-term review results, most of the schools completed 70% of the task, while some of the schools already completed 90%, which all laid good foundation for the smooth completion of the program before the end of this year.
Online learning is featured as a flexible and targeted approach for learning, where students could make learning arrangements in accordance with their own needs, time and competence. Developing learning modules this time closely followed the key elements and links of local industry development, and might improve the knowledge and competence of online learners. From the performance evaluation of past two years, local farmers, particularly new-type vocational farmers, prefer online learning now. Flexible learning pattern and targeted learning materials of online teaching definitely fit into their time schedule. In combination with face-to-face teaching, online learning would achieve expected results and contribute to the growth of local agriculture.