ATI-RTC Caraga Holds 7th e-Learning Mass Graduation

ATI-Caraga holds its annual e-Learning Mass Graduation

BUTUAN City – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in the Caraga Region has been one of the pioneers to incorporate e-Extension Program's e-Learning courses with the agricultural courses of State, Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the region. This has allowed the agricultural students to take e-Learning courses as part of their curriculum.

Since 2009, e-Learning graduates from Caraga has been steadily increasing as more students have taken courses at the e-Extension Portal of the ATI. Recently, ATI-Regional Training Center in Caraga held their 7th e-Learning Mass Graduation where a total of 720 students and members of the faculty finished their online courses.

The graduates came from Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology (ASSCAT) and Caraga State University (CSU). Likewise, some agricultural extension workers and staff of the ATI-RTC Caraga were among the graduates.

Robert Poculan, Officer-in-Charge of the ATI RTC Caraga addressed the graduates and noted that e-Learning is a unique way of transferring information that is based on the principle of “learning by doing.”

“Education using the internet or through computers is very different, unlike in a traditional face-to-face mode of training where transfer of information is easier," Poculan said. He added that "e-Learning require participants to be very patient and the determination to learn.”

While Antonieta J. Arceo, OIC-Chief of the ATI’s Information Services Division (ISD) noted the difference between e-Learning and the traditional face-to-face training in terms of the number of participants. “For the face-to-face training usually only around 30 participants are allowed to join while for the e-learning anybody can enrol and there is no limit on the number of participants who can join,” Arceo said.

“And in the case our e-Learning, participants can finish the course at their own place and at their own pace,” Arceo added.

According to Joserey Alo, e-Learning Process Adviser of ATI, all e-Learning courses is expected to be mobile compliant by 2015 where all the courses can be accessed through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

“As ATI-RTCs (ATI Training Centers) are expected to establish their own e-Learning lounge, mobile compliant e-Learning courses can now be accessed not only through desktop computers but as well as through your tablets and mobile phones,” Alo said. “We will continue to improve our delivery of our courses especially in the backend,” Alo added.

Another innovation of ATI-RTC Caraga is the blended mode of learning where e-Learning courses were complemented with hands-on training. ATI-RTC Caraga recently conducted a blended mode on the e-learning course on artificial insemination in pigs.

The e-Learning Mass Graduation was held last December 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, Butuan City.