ATI Takes the SMART Way in Module Development

ATI Takes the SMART Way in Module Development

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – “A good module developer team will embody the goal of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in delivering quality extension services to its clients.” Dr. Arlene L. Flores, Center Director of ATI Regional Training Center in the Cordillera Administrative Region emphasized this to some 15 technical staff of ATI Central Office during the Training on Module Development held recently.

Dr. Flores also stressed that module objectives should be S.M.A.R.T — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. “Module overview should be brief and concise; not too short for the important details to be missed, and not too long that irrelevant details will be included,” she added.

Each participant was expected to produce one module at the end of the training. Hence, the participants were asked to identify beforehand specific module topic that they will work on during the workshop proper.  About 15 topics have been identified and these were: Training Management “Making Sessions Enjoyable and Effective”; Personality Development; Basics of Agricultural Extension; Extension Methods, Strategies, Approaches, Modalities and Interventions; Extension Communication; Community Organizing in the Rural Areas; Motivation to Improve Performance; Mechanization Technologies od Selected High-Value Crops; Training on Basic Agricultural Marketing Extension; Values Formation for the ATI’s Youth Scholars; Organizational Strengthening of ATI Rural Based Organization; Code of Practice for the Prevention and reduction of Microtoxin Contamination in Corn; Performance Evaluation Procedure for ATI-Accredited Extension Service Providers; Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation; and Project Proposal Preparation for AFE Organizations and Institutions.

Two days were dedicated for the participants to work on their module cover page overview, objective, coverage, and delivery plan, which were presented to Dr. Flores for critiquing and suggestions for improvement.

Dr. Flores imparted that “Modules are not prepared one shot, it takes time to prepare a good one.” As such, it was decided that modules that were presented on the training shall be completed within 2016.

This training course on module development was organized by the ATI's Career Development and Management Division last July 18-22, 2016.