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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).

1. Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) Online Course for Low-Income Countries: The goal of this online course is to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science particularly in low-income countries. Academics, researchers, librarians and postgraduate (master and PhD) students who work in the fields of agricultural sciences can apply to the course. Read more about it at the course page.

2. AGORA: Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture Online Course: The goal of this online course is to enhance agricultural research in developing countries by supporting access to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. The course aims to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA. Read more about it at the course page

3. 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.