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InterActive Learning Competency for Rural Innovation in Higher Education, 3 - 24 April 2013 (IAL-HE2013)

A 3-week course on Interactive Learning Competency for Rural Innovation in Higher Education took place from 3-24 April 2013, in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

For: Lecturers and researchers working in higher agricultural and rural education organisations.

Objectives: The programme will enhance participants' competences to develop, facilitate, and coach interactive learning programmes that involve students and multiple rural stakeholders, to jointly address an innovation challenge.


  • Analysing learning context: needs assessment; target group and stakeholders; role of learning within capacity strengthening.
  • Designing interactive learning: adult learning & experiential learning; learning objectives, content, activities.
  • Faciltating and managing learning processes: learning in teams; facilitation & coaching; planning, budgeting, logistics; monitoring & evaluation.
  • Modes of instruction: Experiential learning, supported by interactive workshops, based on the experiences of the participants and the context in which they are working. Participants' on-going and/or envisaged learning programmes will be analysed and reflected upon.

    Educational requirements: Analytical and problem-solving capabilities equivalent to MSc, PhD or MBA.

    Professional experience required: Candidates should have at least 5 years experience in Higher Education and preferably some experience with action-research.

    Additional requirements: Candidates have the approval of their institution to participate in this course. Good level of proficiency in English language.


    The course had participants from India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uganda, all in senior or leading positions at universities.


    Course brochure

    IAL-HE2013 (pdf, 130K)