A group of members from the Department of Extention and Innovation studies, Makerere University today 14th/September 2018 at CAEC are holding a half day meeting concerning the Review of the Bachelor of Agricultural and Rural Innovation programme chaired by Mr. Karubaga Gabriel. Under the program, they have a project called Supervised Experimental Learning Project(SELPs) which is a critical component of BARI training that requires students to be attached to an appropriate community, enterprise, organisation e.g NGOs or local government or project that exposes them to a wide range of agricultural and rural development initiatives and practices. In addition to the services provided by the host organisation, activities undertaken during SELPs are also aimed at supporting student learning . During the attachment period, the student is expected to be guided by an academic as well as a field supervisor. Each BARI student will have atleast two attachments during their stay at the university.
SELPs provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in class to solve real life problems in communities and/or future work enviroments. Through SELPs, students engage in learning by doing experiences which enable them to develop competencies for entry and/or advancement in agriculture related careers. In addition, BARI II students are expected, using the action research approach, to identify a specific process issue to explore. The students may build on the problems or issues identified in field attachment or identify new issues that may have come up. The action research focuses on assessing or documenting identified process issues. After identification of issue to explore, the student design a methodology for assessing the process.
The second SELPs attachment is organised under -ARI 2301 SELPs II, a 5 credit unit course. The general course objectives and content are spelt out in curriculum documents, but below the main specific objectives are presented. By the end of the SELPs attachments, students should have;
- Acquired practical field experiences(skills and techniques) in agriculture and agro-related programs.
- Developed personal characteristics such as self-confidence, creativity, adaptability, good interpersonal relations.
- Applied knowledge and skills acquired at the university through practicing field activities like planning, program implementation, problem solving, record keeping and report writing.
- Identitied and appreciated factors that influence the effectiveness of agricultural programs.
- Analysed and reflected on their subject matter competencies acquired during the course of training and identified areas that need improvement.
- Developed and designed an action research project.
- Intergrated and applied principles of experimental learning into action research.