FAO elearning Academy: Methodologies and good practices for designing and delivering e-learning solutions

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The FAO elearning Academy supports Member Countries, through capacity development interventions and elearning courses. These courses are offered free of charge, as a global public good and were created to transfer know-how, skills and competencies using diverse methodologies such as self-paced elearning courses, blended learning programmes, massive open online courses (MOOCs), technical webinars, online tutored courses, mobile learning, international hackathons on the SDGs, global 24-hour marathons for sustainability, university master programmes and postgraduate degrees, as well as training workshops.

The FAO elearning Academy offers over 350 multilingual elearning courses, free of charge, as a global public good and is the result of a collaborative effort which involves over 200 partners throughout the world.

The overall objective of the FAO elearning Academy is to strengthen the human capital, through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences, in order to generate competent professionals able to face the global challenges. The FAO elearning Academy has now reached a global audience of more than 700 000 users. The courses cover various thematic areas: climate smart agriculture, sustainable food systems and nutrition, food safety, food losses, migration, management of natural resources etc., and are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030.


  • Present the new FAO elearning Academy guide on the different methodologies and good practices for the design and delivery of e-learning solutions;
  • Describe various pedagogical models: mobile learning solutions, gaming, use of the scenario-based approach, videos etc.;
  • Describe the international certification offered, through the digital badges system.


The event will be delivered by Ms. Beth Bechdol (Deputy Director-General and Officer-in-Charge Programme Support and Technical Cooperation Department, FAO), Ms. Marcela Villarreal (Director of the Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO), Mr. Andrew Nadeau (Head of Responsible Agricultural Investments, Learning, and Scientific Information Unit, FAO), Ms. Beatrice Ghirardini (Capacity Development Officer, FAO), Mr. Tom Wambeke (International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization), Ms. Karina Crespo (Coordinator, FAO Public Policy Training Center for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Ms. Cristina Petracchi (Leader of the FAO elearning Academy).