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SMARTfarm Learning Hub: next generation precision agriculture technologies for agricultural education


Trotter, M and Gregory, S and Trotter, T and Acuna, T and Swain, D and Fasso, W and Roberts, J and Zikan, A and Cosby, A, SMARTfarm Learning Hub: next generation precision agriculture technologies for agricultural education, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, 31 July - 4 August 2016, St. Louis, Missouri, pp. 1-9. (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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The industry demands on higher education agricultural students are rapidly changing. New precision agriculture technologies are revolutionizing the farming industry but the education sector is failing to keep pace. This paper reports on the development of a key resource, the SMARTfarm Learning Hub ( that will increase the skill base of higher education students using a range of new agricultural technologies and innovations. The Hub is a world first; it links real industry technologies with educator resources and student learning packages. This gives higher education providers and their studentís online access to data and systems from commercial scale smart-farms across Australia and the world.

The SMARTfarm Learning Hub is based around a central landing page which provides links to cloud based technologies that are running over various university properties predominantly across Australia and the globe. Participating universities have farms with a diverse range of enterprises and environmental conditions from highly productive dairy systems in Tasmania to tropical beef production in North Queensland and the arid rangelands of New Mexico. This is real data from real agricultural landscapes, and is matched with learning materials developed to challenge studentís critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Utilization of the SMARTfarm Learning Hub is tracked using the Square Space metrics tools. The SMARTfarm Learning Hub website was launched in mid-December 2015 and since this time has reached 535 unique visitors an average of 107 per month.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:higher education, tertiary education, secondary education, technology enhanced learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Acuna, T (Professor Tina Acuna)
ID Code:114997
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-03-04
Last Modified:2017-03-10

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