100% subsidy available for those working in Reef catchments
It is expected that each module will take you 30 hours to complete over an 8 week period, so that’s about 3 to 4 hours of study each week. The first online course will commence on Mon 2 December 2019 and second module will commence around Mon 10 Feb 2020. We’ll commence with an introductory webinar on Wednesday 4 December at 9:30 am, where Prof Ruth Nettle will outline what’s involved and how to use their online system.
Usually this training would cost around $2000 per person, but the Enhanced Extension Coordination project is subsidising the cost so that you only need to pay $200 ex GST upfront as the total cost for the two modules combined. I’ll even reimburse that to you once you satisfactorily complete the course, so effectively there is no financial cost for you to complete this training. How good is that?
Here is the important fine print regarding the modules…
The modules are derived from material currently presented in the Masters of Agricultural Science program at the University of Melbourne. The material is currently incorporated in the subjects AGRI90092 Agricultural Advisory Practice and AGRI90093 Agricultural Extension. The material was initially contained in eight modules presented in an online framework, of which two are included within this program of study, namely Modules 3 and 5. As a result of the program, participating students will:
- Have developed an understanding of the different theories and practices of change in agriculture, including adoption/diffusion, consultancy, and collaborative learning and enquiry.
- Have developed knowledge of the key strategies that support adoption and change across a target farming population and the strengths and weaknesses of each, and demonstrate an ability to plan a practice change approach with a high likelihood of success.
The first module (Module 3): Facilitating farm practice change (1) – understanding why people change. The module will cover the following areas:
- Understanding of different theories of change in agriculture:
- Collaborative inquiry and learning.
- Ability to apply an appropriate theory of change to a practical practice change challenge.
- Ability to identify your role amongst others in supporting change.
The second module (Module 5): Facilitating farm practice change (2) – mixing delivery approaches to enhance adoption and change across a population. The module will cover the following areas:
- Knowledge of the key strategies that support adoption and change across a target farming population and their strengths and weaknesses.
- Ability to plan a practice change approach with a high likelihood of success.
Evaluation of the learning activity will be undertaken via before and after questionnaires that will be made available in the online learning environment.
Both modules contain an assessment activity to validate the achievement of learning outcomes and competencies by the student. A certificate of participation will identify modules for which a student has achieved satisfactory completion. At this stage it is not possible for it to be a formal qualification, but you can still list the completed modules on your resume etc.
The registration cost of $220 inc GST is able to be reimbursed for those delivering extension services in the Reef catchments, with a maximum of two people from the one organisation being subsidised.
As subsidies are limited, apply first for the subsidy approval using the Reef extension T&D database and once you’ve received your approval email, you’ll be sent further details about registering for the course.