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. Rethinking education for 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. Digital content creation
  4. 21st century pedagogy
  5. 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. What is e-agriculture?
  2. EU policy for development of innovation and ICTs
  3. Information systems in the Common Agricultural Policy
  4. Strategic management of e-agriculture
  5. Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System

Module 3: Digital systems of Agriculture 4.0


  1. What is Agriculture 4.0?
  2. Data sources ( Sampling - automatically and manually, Sensors, UAVs, Open sources)
  3. Digital Farm management systems and equipment ( Precision farm machines and smart farm equipment , SW and systems, Services)
  4. Data integration
  5. Traceability systems