ACIAR Learn will train people across ACIAR partner countries, targeting existing in-country project teams and the alumni network. It will cover a range of topics and share expertise from across the ACIAR network to improve the delivery of research projects.
The technology and method of teaching behind ACIAR Learn is underpinned by two core principles: micro-learning and mobile-first.
Micro-learning provides bite-sized teaching through small lessons that can often be completed in less than 20 minutes.
Mobile-first means people can access their courses through their phone in low-bandwidth environments, which is especially important for those in remote areas with limited connectivity. After the initial download they are also able to access courses offline.
Together the two principles allow users to learn anywhere, at any time and at their own pace—at home, on the bus or during their lunch break.
Starting in 2022, ACIAR Learn will become available in a phased roll-out to in-country project team members of all levels and ACIAR alumni.
ACIAR project teams will be informed when opportunities to use ACIAR Learn become available, and ACIAR alumni can follow updates on ACIAR Alumni 360. ACIAR Learn news will also be published here and updates will be posted on ACIAR social media channels using #ACIARLearn.
ACIAR Learn is being designed, developed and delivered through a partnership between ACIAR, The University of Queensland and Catalpa International.
The project is being led by The University of Queensland—a global leader of teaching in agriculture and delivering customised short-training programs in international development.
Catalpa is leading the development of the learning technology. Catalpa uses human-centered design to support learners and the technology/content development process.