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A Salute to the Man Behind ATIiNteractive and Philippine e-Extension

We'd like to give a salute to the man who made us realized that Philippine e-Extension and ATIiNteractive possible. He made himself a part of the ATI family and pushed us to embrace change and think outside the box. With him, we were able to push through with e-learning and expanded it further to embrace the different components of the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries. We were able to put up the Farmers' Contact Center, which now serves as a frontline helpdesk of the Department of Agriculture for farm and business advisory services and a technical support for e-Learning.

Regaining Control Over Your Powerpoint

Powerpoint® presentations in training programs are ubiquitous as the proverbial energizers. The use of Powerpoint® is so pervasive that it is accepted as "THE way" to deliver a lecture in the classroom, that without it, the lecturer is deemed ill-prepared. But quite often, a resource person’s lecture is actually dictated by his own Powerpoint® presentation, eventually leading to the lecture's "death by Powerpoint®". (This term first appeared in the web in 2001; coined by Angela R. Garber.) This is the traditional linear presentation.

5 e-Learning Myths Busted

As the e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries approaches its fifth year (launched Dec. 11, 2007), it's now easier to answer, or bust, myths/misconceptions of prospective users. I think the reason why there are myths is that fast-draw mentally: some people are quick to react negatively, or just erroneously, when something new and unexpected is brought to their attention. I have put together 5 of the most common myths/misconceptions that people had after the initial e-learning courses on agriculture and fisheries were opened for enrollment.

A Pile to Smile About

On September 9, 2011, I attended the joint meeting of the Region Eight Applied Communications Task Force (REACTF) and the Regional Management Information System-Core Group (RMIS-CG) of the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program. Part of the discussion was the upcoming silver anniversary and debut of the REACTF and RMIS-CG, respectively, in June 2012. Dr. Wolfreda T. Alesna who presided the meeting, shared how both groups started and how we become what we are at present.

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ATI Today

Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.

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