CaSA Project

Building Capacity of Serbian Agricultural Education to Link with Society, CaSA, 544072-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-RS-TEMPUS-SMHES (2013 – 4604 / 001 - 001).


CaSA is a Structural Measures (SM) project funded by EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) under the 2013 Call for TEMPUS projects. The Faculty of Agriculture University of Belgrade coordinated a TEMPUS project for the first time, a contact person and coordinator was Prof. Vesna Poleksić.

The project is conceived to make necessary trainings of main players of agricultural education: university teachers (UT), agricultural vocational secondary/middle school (AMS) teachers and advisors in Agricultural advisory services; and subsequently to establish a National Repository for Agricultural education, NaRA, Courses created were prepared after the trainings: in modern teaching methodology of active teaching/learning (ATL) and eLearning, as well as in academic and communication skills for professionals involved in agricultural education.

There were 13 partner institutions in CaSA: 5 Universities (4 state and one private), the Association of Agricultural Middle Schools, the Institute for Science Application in Agriculture, 2 training organizations, the Ministry of Education (ME), and 3 EU partners Universities (Timisoara, Maribor and Foggia). The project was coordinated by the University of Belgrade. CaSA consisted of 11 work packages that included: trainings; equipment purchase; establishment of NaRA, both construction of the virtual platform and its functionalities; NaRA Advisory Board establishment, courses creation, implementation and submission for accreditation/certification; and finally compulsory work packages: quality assurance - QA, dissemination and project management.

In total 212 persons (65 UT, 59 AMS, 82 AA, 6 IT) were trained in CaSA. 63 coureses were created, translated into English, peer reviewed, published, and accredited. Courses were implemented, 988 AMS and AA participated implementation. In total in the project 1200 persons attended different trainings or professional/vocational courses in the CaSA project.

A number of publications has been prepared, adopted by NaRA AB and issued: NaRA users’ guide (by Danijela Šćepanović, Miloš Bajčetić and Darko Stefanović); Teaching assignments: make your pupils/students learn better (by Ana Pešikan, Slobodanka Antić); Challenges of mentorship (by Slobodanka Antić, Ana Pešikan); Do you speak Active Learning? Vocabulary of learning oriented teaching (by Slobodanka Antić, Ana Pešikan); Secrets to success with project proposals (by Stephen Quarrie); TNA analysis (by Danijela Šćepanović et al.); bilingual Courses catalogues (edited by Goran Topisirović et al.) Guidelines for Intellectual Property Rights (by Bogdan Mladenović). The total number of CaSA publications, together with instructive material is reaching 25.


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