Innovative Education towards
the Needs of the Organic Sector



15th May – 3rd July 2015

Main objective:

to prepare the selected students (6 / partner university) for the intensive summer school


Moodle, managed by prof. Peter von Fragstein (Kassel), prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska & Dr. Dominika Średnicka-Tober (Warsaw)

Learning objectives:

  1. To get understanding of the principles of organic production with the perspective of potential peculiarities within the European frame.
  2. To get acquainted with the place the organic systems hold in own country.

Topics of e-materials (with responsible countries):

  1. Introduction into organic farming – Germany (Prof. Peter von Fragstein)
  2. Crop management* (incl. veg production ) – Italy (Dr. Roberto Mancinelli & Dr. Emanuele Radicetti)
  3. Plant protection – Estonia (Prof. Anne Luik and Assoc. Prof. Eve Veromann)
  4. Alternative crops – Czech Republic (Assoc. Prof. Petr Konvalina & Assoc. Prof. Jan Moudry)
  5. Food quality – Poland (Prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska & Dr. Dominika Średnicka-Tober)Q
  6. Marketing and environmental management – Spain (Prof. Teresa Briz and Prof. Maite Gomez– Spain (Assoc. Prof. Teresa Briz & Assoc. Prof. Maite Gomez)
  7. Environmental impact – Czech Republic (Assoc. Prof. Petr Konvalina & Assoc. Prof. Jan Moudry)
  8. Ecosystem services – Finland (Docent Irina Herzon)

* Animal husbandry will be covered at the summer course.

Tools/methods to be used:

  1. Online depository of resources for download:
  • PP presentations / video lectures
  • research papers
  1. On-line quiz
  2. On-line community/activities on-line:
  • An introductory round for students and teachers (short hello + photo)
  • Mid-way feedback round (forum)
  1. Group work

E-course = individual and group work:

Individual work: 15th May – 3rd July 2015. Students work entirely independently and asynchronously on the topics during the whole course period. They learn by (a) reading the literature, (b) looking through the handouts and presentations and (c) going through on-line quiz.
Group work: 24th May – 26th June 2015. Review of the organic sector from own country by students of the same country (= 6 students as a team). Topic: Place of the organic sector in the agriculture of our country. Issues to be covered:

(1) agricultural sector overall: production, environmental impacts, social impacts and values;

(2) organic production types, impacts, challenges, opportunities;

(3) if available, distribution chains;

(4) (potential) contribution of organic sector to addressing (some of the) problems.

Teachers advise on the sources to use (e.g. Eurostat, research papers, reports). The student groups submit drafts for feedback (1 page A4 plan with key findings) not later than on the 26th June 2015. The student groups prepare brief presentations (15-20 minutes) to be presented at the beginning of the summer course (presentations of 15-20 min. + 10 min. question/discussion per group x 7 groups = 210 min = 3,5 hours). Detailed instructions of the group work will be placed on the platform on the 24th of May.

E-learning lectures can be found under the below links:

von Fragstein und Niemsdorff_- IFOAM norms for organic production

Konvalina_Alternative crops

Mancinelli&Radicetti_Crop management

Herzon_Ecosystem services and agriculture / Herzon_Video lecture on the ecosystem services

Moudry_Environmental impacts of agriculture

Rembialkowska&Średnicka-Tober_Organic food quality and safety

Briz_Marketing research applied to innovative products

Luik&Veromann_Control of pests and disease in organic production

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