FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the goal of IMARK?
2. Who is developing IMARK?
3. How will IMARK achieve its goals?
4. What does IMARK provide?
5. Who needs IMARK?
6. What constitutes IMARK?
7. How will IMARK help?
8. How does IMARK deal with a wide range of learning needs?
9. What do IMARK modules contain?
10. How is IMARK being offered?
11. How are learners supported?
12. How will IMARK be disseminated?
13. Does IMARK offer a certificate of completion for the various modules?
To improve the overall effectiveness of programmes in agricultural development and food security by enhancing access to information by key stakeholders.
FAO in collaboration with a partnership of organizations and individuals with a common vision and purpose
By bringing together the necessary resources from international, regional and specialized agencies who are facing the same challenges in capacity building in information management to:
In-service training for information professionals to develop and improve their capacity to manage agricultural information through e-learning, combined with appropriate tools and methodologies for information management.
Individuals responsible for information management in agricultural agencies, institutions and networks.
in the following organizations:
A series of computer-based distance learning modules delivered on CD containing specialized curricula and resources for agricultural information management.
An online community of practice on the Internet for contributors and learners, allowing them to share and exchange information, and to collaborate with other information management professionals.
IMARK will enable learners to:
Learners can create their own personal learning path based on their interests and needs.
A detailed curriculum consisting of a series of lessons focused on a specific subject area of information management which introduce basic concepts and describe specific workflows and topics.
The lessons are supplemented by learning aids including:
IMARK modules are being distributed free of charge and contain only non-proprietary resources. They are being made available in up to five languages.
The Modules are mainly designed for self-paced learning, with no personal instruction.
A comprehensive "getting started" tutorial is available to orient learners to show them how they can create a customized course to meet their specific learning needs.
FAQ's are available on the module CDs and update on the IMARK online website
Directly through FAO and other IMARK partners.
Indirectly through the uptake and redistribution by:
We regret that there is no possibility of offering a certificate in relation to IMARK at present. The feasibility of offering this has been discussed, and the IMARK Steering Group is considering ways in which to do so. Any developments in this area will be announced on the IMARK website.