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BOZEMAN-- A new interdisciplinary online course from Montana State University will help students understand the influence of extension systems around the world while examining the impact of agricultural development on rural communities in developed and developing nations. Students will also learn how culture, available resources and educational channels affect the adoption of technological and scientific innovations for food and fiber production.
The course, "International Extension Systems" (AgEd 462/562), runs Jan. 13 to May 7 and offers three graduate credits or three undergraduate credits from MSU.
Students do not have to be enrolled in an MSU degree program in order to take the course. It provides a professional development opportunity for Extension agents in agriculture, 4-H and rural development, international aid workers, K-12 agriculture teachers, and anyone interested in international development.
Credits from the course can apply toward MSU's new online master's degree in agricultural education.
The instructor, Martin Frick, has taught at MSU for many years and has worked internationally in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia and Mali.
For more information or to register online, go to Extended University at http://eu.montana.edu/online and click on "All online courses," then Agricultural Education.
Martin Frick (406) 994-5773, firstname.lastname@example.org