Promoting e-Learning is a daunting task considering that each coordinator has to cover a wide area in their respective regions. That's why every help we can get goes a long way.
Sometimes work can get you down – trying too hard, mistakenly taking support for granted, expecting too much, thinking that in the great big work-a-day world you will be... rewarded. What can I say? You ought to know better.
Good thing, the way things turn out does not necessarily depend on you (better yet, it does not depend on you alone).
Something that other regions would surely not envy, typhoon-prone Bicol Region once again weathers a severely wet (read: rain, lots of it) environment.
When ATI-CO had formally demystified ATI-RTC 7 sometime in April 2008, a lot of concerns cropped-up to the minds of those who were present (both my co-personnel and a handful of Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in Bohol). Concerns like the viability and applicability of the e-extension program to our stakeholders.
Some were skeptics but others showed enthusiasm amidst uncertainty, as change is indeed the only thing in this world which is constant.
To intensify our information drive on the e-Learning program of the Institute and to get more enrollees to our on-line courses, ATI 8 has tapped the Visayas State University's Radio Station DYAC to come up with radio plugs on e-Learning in English, Cebuano and Waray. The plugs will be given for airing to the different radio stations in the region through the Regional Applied Communication Officers of the Visayas Consorium for Agriculture and Resources Program who are handling agri-radio programs.
It seems only yesterday, as the often-quoted expression goes, but that is how it does feel.
In March 2008 ATI Central Office initiated a series of demystifying e-learning seminars in various ATI training centers across the country. In Region 5 (Bicol) the seminar came to be in April 2008. In hindsight, the activity was not only an eye-opener, it was also a preview to ATI’s upbeat, future-looking, information and communication technology (ICT)-based focus.
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.