Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 367-379

First online:

A New Format for Learning about Farm Animal Welfare

  • Anne AlgersAffiliated withDepartment of Food Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Email author 
  • , Berner LindströmAffiliated withDepartment of Education, University of Gothenburg
  • , Edmond A. PajorAffiliated withDepartment of Production Animal Health, University of Calgary

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Farm animal welfare is a knowledge domain that can be regarded as a model for new ways of organizing learning and making higher education more responsive to the needs of society. Global concern for animal welfare has resulted in a great demand for knowledge. As a complement to traditional education in farm animal welfare, higher education can be more demand driven and look at a broad range of methods to make knowledge available. The result of an inventory on “farm animal welfare,” “e-learning,” “learning resources,” and “open educational resources” in three different search engines is presented. A huge amount of information on animal welfare is available on the Internet but many of the providers lock in the knowledge in a traditional course context. Only a few universities develop and disseminate open learning resources within the subject. Higher education institutions are encouraged to develop open educational resources in animal welfare for the benefit of teachers, students, society, and, indirectly, animal welfare.


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