Agacademy: a modal platform for scaling up e-learning in Indian agriculture in covid times.

Abstract

Apart from the most challenging health crisis, COVID-19 pandemic has also adversely impacted the education systems globally as it has forced for the shutdown of all the social and educational institutions amidst call for immediate lockdown of several nations. In the wake of these prevailing critical situations in India, National Agricultural Education System as similar to the other peer higher educational institutions in the country, is at the forefront in terms of quick movement to virtual platforms facilitating e-Learning to all the students across the country. In this context, "AgAcademy", an online e-Learning platform was built using an open source cloud powered software Moodle implemented using Softaculous, specially designed to power digital learning portals. This free digital learning management system offers a potential integrated solution and enables all the Agricultural Universities within the NARES to offer online based distance learning platform from the safety of their own homes of both the instructors and the learners.

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Advisory Board
  • Leisa Armstrong, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • Arianna Becerril García, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Redalyc/AmeliCA, Mexico
  • Susmita Das, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
  • Abeer Elhalwagi, National Gene Bank, Egypt
  • Gopinath KA, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture
  • Niklaus Grünwald, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Sridhar Gutam, ICAR IIHR/Open Access India
  • Vinodh Ilangovan, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Jayalakshmi M, ANGRAU, India
  • Khelif Karima, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d'Algérie
  • Dinesh Kumar, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute
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  • Satendra Kumar Singh, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Devika P. Madalli, DRTC/Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Prateek Mahalwar, Cellulosic Technologies UG, Germany
  • Bernard Pochet, University of Liège - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
  • Vassilis Protonotarios, NEUROPUBLIC
  • Andy Robinson, CABI
  • Paraj Shukla, King Saud University
  • Chandni Singh, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Kuldeep Singh Jadon, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, India
  • Rajeev K Varshney, CGIAR/ICRISAT, India
  • Sumant Vyas, ICAR- National Research Centre on Camel, India
  • Oya Yildirim Rieger, Ithaka S+R/ITHAKA, USA
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