Testing the pathogen e-learning and field training course on grapevine virus knowledge and management
Context and purpose of the study – One of the reasons of the spread of grapevine virus diseases in vineyards around the world is the lack of knowledge by the main actors of the wine sector. To face this problem, five partners worked together to develop the PAThOGEN project, a training program aimed to improve grapevine virus knowledge and management. The partnership gathers one French technical center (IFV), one Spanish university (USC), one Italian applied research center (CREA), one Spanish foundation specialized in training and technology transfer (FEUGA) and one Italian SME specialized in the development of informatics tools and in knowledge transfer (HORTA).The objectives of PAThOGEN are: (i) to develop and maintain a high-quality work-based Vocational and Education Training program, (ii) to improve the skills of professionals of the wine sector.
Material and methods – The PAThOGEN training is the result of a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union (2015-1FR1-KA202-015329). The e-learning training was developed in two levels (BASIC and ADVANCED) and four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian); the training is completed with two practical sessions in the field, one in spring and one in autumn. The contents and platform were evaluated by the partners, an external evaluator and an advisory board of wine technicians from the 3 partner countries to ensure that the content proposed for the courses corresponded to the needs of the professionals of the sector. Once this step was validated, the pilot courses were available online, and groups of “student-testers” were selected in the 3 countries from different professional categories (technicians, winegrowers, nurserymen, students, teachers, phytosanitary official services…). Throughout the process of developing the courses, the advisors and students assessment has been essential to getting a demand-driven training.
Results – In the 3 countries, 128 people have tested the online courses. A very large majority (98%) considered the PATHOGEN program as an “interesting” or “very interesting” training course. The field sessions were crucial to finalize the training and were well appreciated by students because they allowed them to identify the symptoms of virus diseases in vivo (94% of the students had a “very good impression” concerning the field session). The detailed evaluations allowed us to rework the courses both in terms of content (simplification, clarity of information…) and functionality of the platform (speed of animations, quality of audio, sharpness of photos…). We have therefore improved the 8 versions of the courses (4 languages, 2 levels) taking these remarks into account and they are currently available at www.pathogenproject.eu
Issue: GiESCO 2019
1 USC, EPS de Ingeniería, 27002 Lugo (SP)
2 CREA, Viale XXVIII Aprile 26 – 31015, Conegliano, Treviso (IT)
3 IFV Domaine de l’Espiguette – 30240, Le Grau Du Roi (FR)
4 FEUGA Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa s/n – 15705 Santiago de Compostela (SP)
5 HORTA S.r.l. Via Egidio Gorra 55 – 29122, Piacenza (IT)
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grapevine, virus, e-learning, field training