News: An online course for advisers is open for free
Starting this Summer, all the specialists and farmers advisers can access a brand new tool created by AgriLink project: a new online course, Creating innovative agricultural advisory services through a Living Lab, available for free.
The course is hosted by the world-renowned Open University and has been developed based upon the experience of the 6 Living Labs established by AgriLink partners in Italy, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Spain and The Netherlands / Belgium.
The course begins with a general introduction to the concept of Living Labs and then proceeds to explain in detail the principles, approaches and tools used specifically by the AgriLink Living Labs.
A unique feature of the course is that it is based directly upon the experiences of the people involved in designing, developing and/or participating in the AgriLink Living Labs. This will enable you to judge for yourself the skills, resources and capacities needed to start and run your own Living Lab for a more sustainable agriculture.
The course is focused on explaining how Living Labs can contribute to the provision of innovative agricultural advisory services, describe the AgriLink approach to Living Labs and interpret and apply design thinking and systems thinking methods and tools. Also, a part of the sessions will address how to assess and develop your facilitation practices, including running a blended learning course using the Living Lab Trainers’ Handbook and understanding how to monitor and evaluate the operation and outcomes of a Living Lab. For the practical part, it will be a great help to know how to actually plan your own approach to establishing a Living Lab to provide an innovative agricultural advisory service.