About the Academy

The FAO elearning Academy provides learning opportunities and multilingual e-learning courses for professionals working in food and nutrition security, social and economic development and sustainable management of natural resources, with the overall goal of strengthening capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The FAO elearning Academy offers free access to content on a variety of topics of global interest, which is available in a range of formats, including e-learning courses for self-paced learning, blended learning programmes, massive open online courses (MOOCs), technical webinars, online tutored courses, mobile learning, face to face training workshops, as well as University Master’s Degree programmes and post graduate degrees.

Our courses are closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and FAO strategic programmes, and are peer reviewed, by a wide range of experts, to ensure content accuracy, quality and coherence.

All the learning resources are offered free of charge as a global public good, directly supporting all the SDGs, and in particular SDG 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

The overall goal of the FAO elearning Academy is to contribute to the sustainable economic and social advancement of member countries. To do this, it focuses on transfer of competencies, development of expertise and promoting innovation, to strengthen human resources and institutions.

The FAO elearning Academy capacity development initiatives and e-learning courses promote sustainability, by ensuring that new competencies are embedded in local institutions, and tailored to country-specific needs, whilst enabling and empowering member countries to be better equipped to face the global challenges, humanity is confronted with.

 

Alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals

Our courses are closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and FAO strategic programmes, and are peer reviewed, by a wide range of experts, to ensure content accuracy, quality and coherence.

The FAO elearning cources are offered free of charge, as a global public good, and directly support all the SDGs, and in particular SDG 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

 

Pedagogical models and delivery mechanisms

The FAO elearning Academy supports member countries through capacity development interventions and e-learning courses, to ensure the transfer of know-how, knowledge, skills and competencies using different methodologies: e-learning, blended learning programmes, massive open online courses (MOOCs), technical webinars, online tutored courses, mobile learning, face to face training workshops, as well as University Master’s Degree programmes and Post graduate degree.

The FAO elearning Academy learning initiatives, interventions and e-learning courses are always offered free of charge, as a global public good, directly supporting all the SDGs and in particular SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

 

Our learners - our target audiences

The FAO elearning Academy capacity development activities, initiatives and e-learning courses are targeted at policy makers, government officials and technical staff, policy formulators, programme and project designers, and in particular individuals working to support and implement the SDGs Agenda 2030.

The overall objective of the Academy is to support member countries’ national policy environment, legal frameworks and decision-making processes.

Our learners come from all around the globe and from a variety of institutions. They include staff from national and international NGOs, national governments, university students and researchers, UN field staff, as well as a diverse range of individuals and users from the private sector.

 


Collaboration with wide range of Partners

FAO elearning Academy involves partners in all phases of a learning project.

The FAO elearning Academy capacity development activities and initiatives are designed, developed, delivered, adapted to different language environments and disseminated in collaboration with a wide range of partners (mentioned in the Partners section), as follows:

  • Design comprehensive curricula

The design of any learning initiative begins with multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary learning needs assessments. These assessments are conducted in close collaboration with the target audience groups and a number of external partners (mentioned in the Partners section). This process leads to:

    • Design of comprehensive curriculae
    • Improved creation of pedagogical models and methodologies
    • Targeted capacity development interventions
    • Incorporation of local, regional and global perspectives

  • Content development

The courses content is developed with the support of subject experts from partner organizations, University professors and FAO technical units.

 

  • Content adaptations to various language environments

In addition, the language versions of the courses and adaptations to the language environments are also undertaken in collaboration with partner institutions, with expertise in the thematic area covered, ensuring that the latest findings, methodologies and resources are included. The Content, images, case studies, scenarios, photographs, bibliographical references and examples are adapted to the language environment.

 

  • Dissemination, uptake and impact

In addition to universities and university consortia, academic and research institutions, the FAO elearning Academy shares its capacity development materials and FAO elearning courses with other organizations, including United Nations agencies, development agencies, international and intergovernmental organizations, private sector, academic and research institutions, CSOs and NGOs, to support their capacity development efforts.

The FAO elearning Academy has created a number of University Master’s  and Post-Graduate Degree programmes with many Academic partners, by integrating the FAO elearning courses and educational resources into the formal university programmes.

The FAO elearning Academy partner institutions share similar goals, which are: 1) the promotion of innovation 2) multilingualism and 3) capacity development and accessible education and 4) aiming to offer the most current and cutting-edge content that integrates new ideas and new technologies.

Together with our partner organizations, the FAO e-learning Academy seeks to promote collaboration in gender and culturally sensitive capacity development programmes, which are by nature interdisciplinary and international.
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