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“E-learning can be defined as the use of computer and Internet technologies to deliver a broad array of solutions to enable learning and improve performance” (FAO’s guide for designing and developing e-learning courses).

AIMS-FAO Community is working on providing a series of free online courses aligned with a central theme “Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture”. AIMS training courses are open to all. Anyhow priority will be given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries (Group A and Group B respectively).

Additionally, since 2015, AIMS has annually delivered Spanish Training Courses under the title: ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’.  The idea of an online course on data management - aimed specifically at users in Latin America - came about at the San Diego RDA Meeting (2015) to:

  • introduce to Spanish speakers involved in agricultural research to new trends on data management;
  • train different professionals to outline roadmaps of research data management for researchers, information professionals and the individual research facilities.

Within the scope of these targeted courses, free access to related audio-visual material (including videos and webinars) has been provided and interviews with course participants have been conducted and disseminated. Moreover, best practices related to the course thematic have been carefully screened and discussed (e.g. i-Marine, Dataverse, Figshare, EUDAT, the Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), CIMMYT, Global Bioversity Information Facility).

You could sign up to AIMS Newsletter (Become a Member) so you hear first when new topics and dates are announced. Alternatively, you can get in touch with any other questions or thoughts about online courses at the following e-mails: AIMS@fao.org; AGORA@fao.org