Deepening bilateral cooperation between CABTS and ADEC
With the auspices of the 2015 International Exchange and Cooperation Project in Agriculture, titled “Capacity Building for On-line Education of New Type of Career Farmers – Sino-US Cooperation in Distance Education in Agriculture”, a delegation of Oregon State University (OSU), and New Mexico State University, member universities of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) visited China Agricultural Broadcasting and Television School during November 4-13, 2015. Dr. Dave King, Executive Board Director of ADEC, and Professor Samson Angima, Deputy Director of the Extension Center of the College of Agronomy of OSU, and Dr. Jeanne Gleason, Director of Media Production Center of New Mexico State University provided guidance to the design and development of on-line learning modules of CABTS system and the trials of on-line delivery of education during the visit.
From November 7 to 11, 2015, the three American specialists with the company of Mr. Tian Guishan, Vice President of CABTS, Ms. Li Fanghong, Division Director of International Exchange and Cooperation of CABTS and Mr. Shao Mingxu, Director of Broadcast Education Center of CABTS visited Tangshan of Hebei and Huairuo and Yanqing districts of Beijing. During the visit the team provided valuable support to the design and development of the on-line learning modules and the trials of on-line delivery of education in Hebei Provincial School, the Branch Schools of Chengde and Fengnan of Hebei Province, and Branch Schools of Huairou and Yanqing of Beijing. The team rendered assistance to CABTS in developing the 5 on-line learning modules as “Greenhouse Vegetable Production Technologies”, “Strategies of Agricultural Produce Pricing”, “Gray Mold Control Technologies for Greenhouse Vegetable Production”, “Turning Pumpkin into Gold” and the “Production and Application of Calcium Polysulfide”, and conclusion of trials of on-line education of the two modules as “Turning Pumpkin into Gold” and the “Production and Application of Calcium Polysulfide”. On November 8, the three specialists attended an event in Beijing during which they reviewed the 5 on-line learning modules developed by Haimen Branch School and Rudong Branch School of Jiangsu Agricultural Broadcast and Television School, Laizhou Branch School of Shandong Agricultural Broadcast and Television School and Sanmenxia Branch School of Henan Agricultural Broadcast and Television School, as “Integrated Control Technologies of Continuous Cropping of Greenhouse Vegetables”, “Cabbage Production Technologies with Insect Prevention Netting”, “Mechanized Paddy Rice Transplanting and Seedling Management”, “Pollination of Apple Trees” and “Mushroom Production Technologies in Woodland in Summer”. They also examined the on-line education trials carried out with the developed learning modules on their own initiatives of above-mentioned schools and Fuyang Branch School of Anhui Agricultural Broadcasting and Television School. In addition, Haimen Branch School of Jiangsu, Fuyang Branch School of Anhui and Laizhou Branch School of Shandong also reported on the trials of on-line learning using the bilingual modules supported by the CABTS central school and ADEC.
On November 9, the specialists of ADEC presented a thematic lecture to the staff members of CABTS central school as “On-line Learning and Operators of Family Farms in the US”. Mr. Angima talked about the types of family farms in the US and the overview of family farms in Oregon State. He also elaborated on mixed learning course of “Initiation of Farming: Successful Family Farm Operation and Management” offered through the small farm project of OSU, as well as how to guide learners to upgrade their knowledge and skills on initiating and managing family farms through learning.
On November 12, Mr. Liu Tianjin, Executive Vice President of CABTS held a working session with the specialists of ADEC. Both sides had full exchanges and communications on furthering bilateral cooperation, joint international conferences and further cooperation in the training of family farm owners and mixed education modules in the coming three years, with consensus reached.