Teachers for Farming 4.0

Teachers for Farming 4.0

Aim of the course Agriculture has changed fundamentally over the last 15 years, and is increasingly becoming a knowledge-intensive sector within the 21st century global economy. New initiatives, such as ICT4Ag (the most widely adopted acronym for the use of ICT in the agricultural sector) and Farming 4.0, highlight the fact that cutting-edge technology, mobiles and smart devices, sensors and knowledge networks are now more and more widely employed in productivity improvement of agricultural enterprises.Today, information and communication technology (ICT) equipment, related technologies and available services have become an indispensable tool in agriculture.  As a result, these changing needs of the labour market demand a correspondingly skilled workforce – a demand that agricultural education must respond to quickly.

The course is aimed at guiding agricultural VET teachers in the renewing of their teaching methods by providing them a freely available online course “Teachers for Farming 4.0” based on a networked learning pedagogical model.

Module 1: Reinventing agricultural education


  1. Teaching in the 21st century (tools and methods of technology enhanced learning)
  2. Open Education (life-long-learning in the knowledge sharing, globally connected world), utilizing Open Educational Resources (OERs) of EU.
  3. Project based teaching and flipped classroom model, videos in the classroom.
  4. ICT-based Language Learning tools and methods, mobile apps.

The aim is to support teachers to develop the language skills of the students for understanding agricultural terminology.

Module 2: European Strategies and initiatives of e-Agriculture


  1. Roles and tasks of Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development
  2. Post-2020 EU Common Agriculture Policy
  3. European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability
  4. AKIS, Agriculture Knowledge and Information Systems
  5. The European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy
  6. EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Module 3: Digital systems of Agriculture 4.0


  1. Connected Agriculture: learning analytics, big data management, IoT.
  2. Precision farming, integrated ICT and automation
  3. Services & applications for Smart Agriculture,
  4. Smart farm management, inventory and traceability systems,
  5. GIS applications, Risk management, forecasts, decision support
  6. e-Government services, knowledge sharing networks
  7. Closing the “digital divide” between rural and urban areas