Experiential Learning in Haiti

“Developing Global-Ready Agriculturists through Experiential Learning Modules: Solving Problems of Food Insecurity & Human Suffering in Haiti”

As part of a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant, faculty and graduate student pairs have traveled to Haiti and developed Experiential Learning Modules (ELMs) to be included in international agricultural development graduate curricula. Faculty and student pairs from Texas A&M University, Auburn University, and Sam Houston State University have come together to make this project possible. These teams have been hosted by Christianville, a faith-based NGO in Gressier. During their immersive experience faculty/student pairs engage with the community and resources around them to identify challenges and innovations related to food insecurity ad human suffering in Haiti to develop the topic of their ELMs.

What is an Experiential Learning Module?

 An Experiential Learning Module or ELM is a multimedia presentation based on the four adaptive modes of Kolb’s Learning Cycle (1984). ELMs contain pictures or video and voice over presentations to create an active vicarious experience for the classroom learner. Each ELM includes specific objectives based on identified needs related to food security and human suffering. Each ELM also describes the background information of the need identified by the target audience and will include author/developer pair members’ perceptions of Haiti such as culture, history, economy, and religion.

January 2017 (L-R) Roopesh Gopaul, Isabella Virgl, Taya Brown, Katlin Keppler, Kathryn Jasper, James Lindner, Gary Briers, Rebecca Robles-Piña,Paul Bowers, and Manuel Piña

May 2016 (L-R) Gary Briers, Elizabeth Wofford (Webb), Roopesh Gopaul, Joseph Molnar, Glenn Brodbeck, Rebecca Robles-Piña, Manuel Piña, Katlin Keppler, Elizabeth Bird, Danette Philpot

Experiential Learning ModuleAssessment Author
Agricultural Education in HaitiLearning AssessmentKatlin D. Keppler,
Master’s Student
Texas A&M University
Sustainable Management Practices Of Plantain In Haiti With Emphasis on The Control of the Disease Black Sigatoka Learning AssessmentAbhimanyu Gopaul,
Master’s Student
Auburn University
Improving Food Security Programs and Decreasing Human Suffering by Building Relationships with Children in Haiti Learning AssessmentElizabeth J. Wofford (Webb), PhD Student
Sam Houston State University
Screwworm in Livestock and Humans? Case in Haiti
Learning AssessmentGlenn Brodbeck,
Master’s Student
Texas A&M University
A Systems Approach to Improving Agricultural Production in a Development Setting
Learning Assessment-PDFTaya Brown,
PhD Student
Texas A&M University
Career Aspirations of Haitian Secondary Students

Learning Assessment-PDFKatlin D. Keppler,
Master’s Student
Texas A&M University
Composting to Increase Food Production
Learning Assessment-PDFPaul B. Bowers,
Master’s Student
Texas A&M University
Haiti: Water Resource Management Learning Assessment-PDFKathryn Jasper,
Master’s Student
Texas A&M University
The Potential and Role of an Extension Service in the Provision of Sustainable Farming Practices in Gressier : Challenges and Scope
Learning Assessment-PDFAbhimanyu Gopaul,
Master’s Student
Auburn University


Contact Information

Dr. Gary Briers
Professor, Principal Investigator
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
2116 TAMU, Room 244, Agriculture and Life Sciences Building,
600 John Kimborough Blvd.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2116
g-briers@tamu.edu


This material was created with funding from: USDA/NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant Project # TEX09637

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