African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Agricultural extension workers’ attitude to and experience of e-learning

Amir Ahmadpour1* and Shohreh Soltani2
  1Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran. 2Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 20 March 2012
  •  Published: 26 June 2012

Abstract

 

In many developing countries, e-learning is still regarded as an innovative mode of learning. Experience shows that transferring technologies can provoke the adoption of e-learning, only if people are willing and their attitude is positive for adoption. In fact, adoption of e-learning is related to the learners’ attitude and prior experience of e-learning. In order to understand the attitude of extension workers to e-learning and their experience, this study was conveyed in Iran. From 2745 extension workers at line level in MoA, 379 were chosen on a random basis to fill in the questionnaires. Results showed that the extension workers’ attitude to e-learning is generally positive and in most aspects relevant to the learners' prior experience. In order to improve the extension workers’ attitude to e-learning, it is necessary to be aware of the results from prior experience. For those who do not have prior experience of e-learning, it is necessary to plan the new experience with more similarities to the traditional mode of learning.

 

Key words: E-learning, attitude, agricultural extension, extension workers.