|Participants of the third and final Web 2.0 Training Session, January 2013|
3 training workshops on the use of Web 2.0 tools were held during the following periods: 9-13 July 2012, 23-27 July 2012, and 14-18 January 2013, at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. They were organized jointly by the University of Mauritius (UoM) and the Food and Agricultural Research Council (FARC) and were fully funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Netherlands.
From the trainers’ point of view, upon completion of the training, the participants were confident in their ability to develop and exchange and disseminate contents, to increase their contacts with peers around the world, and are more confident in using online applications.
The series of practical based exercises had enabled them to grasp skills in the way information could be created, organised, shared and accessed. Their parent organisations will undoubtedly benefit from increased work efficiency, lesser communication costs and boosted outreach. While this is the start of a capacity building process in Web 2.0 technologies, it is expected that agricultural and allied institutions in Mauritius will appreciate the effectiveness of such tools and adopt them strategically for their own benefit and that of their stakeholders. The trainees have generally shown a keen interest in acquiring skills and knowledge on Web 2.0 tools. The Faculty and the participants thank the CTA for their sponsorship and giving us an opportunity to discover Web 2.0 tools.