Knowledge Systems and Knowledge Sharing

We are interested in how knowledge is generated, transmitted and used. We investigate the conditions that promote successful knowledge processing and the methods that can be used to link different types of knowledge.

We design training and staff development programmes in the areas of didactics and methodology in Switzerland and elsewhere. We also evaluate the success of vocational training and extension projects in various countries. We use targeted methodological questions and findings to supplement and strengthen the effectiveness of research and extension projects conducted by other research groups. Our strength lies in facilitating workshops and meetings and our broad-based networking with expert partners in the green sector.


  • Evaluation, design and development of curricula, training measures, teaching materials and qualification procedures
  • Research into and development of digital methods of knowledge transfer
  • Backstopping for education projects on issues of content, methodology and organisation
  • Evaluation and further development of extension services
  • Support for research projects on issues of knowledge transfer and design of the associated research
  • Facilitation in German, English or French
  • Training and staff development in teaching and extension methodology for teaching and technical personnel
  • Coaching and facilitation in conflict-ridden dialogues
  • We have equipment for recording and editing videos, together with the associated software
  • Creation of a collection of validated scales (instruments) in the field of knowledge systems and knowledge sharing


As part of the legally stipulated review of basic vocational education in the occupational field of agriculture and farming professions, OdA AgriAliForm, a public-private partnership that supports agricultural education, commissioned HAFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (EHB) to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of basic vocational education in the farming sector. Having formulated a sound evaluation strategy, we first conducted a survey of trainees, trainers, teachers, commission members, cantonal representatives and other professionals in the field. The results of this written survey were subsequently discussed and analysed in thematic workshops.

Resource efficiency is one of the major challenges the Swiss farming sector will be facing over the coming years. The REDES project commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is to create essential new impetus in this field and generate advice for practical implementation. Amongst other project activities, a working group involving interested farmers addressed concrete questions about knowledge needs and knowledge transfer to practitioners. We guided and documented this process and produced general advice for knowledge transfer between the scientific community, the political arena, and practitioners.

One of our core activities is the training and implementation of didactic and methodological training and staff development programmes. These include, for example, courses for examiners and teachers, teaching assignments in higher vocational education and the introduction of new methods and teaching aids in in-company continuing training. We have developed a broad repertoire of methods for guiding groups of different sizes and composition in workshops on a variety of issues.

In collaboration with lmz-media we are involved in various subprojects in which we are helping the people and institutions involved in agricultural vocational training to identify and exploit the potentials of digital teaching materials. We evaluate and test the opportunities open to them; by 2019 the results will be incorporated into didactic guidelines and templates for teachers in vocational colleges.

In international cooperation on vocational training we have for the past 20 years been making our expertise available to various partner organisations and countries. Our workshops in Switzerland and in partners’ countries provide important input for vocational training specialists in the private sector, training institutions and government agencies. Our current activities include helping Georgian universities to set up a course for vocational school teachers at Tbilisi University, assisting with the development of two basic training courses (milk processing and veterinary assistance) in southern Armenia and improving the quality of training at five agricultural colleges in Laos.

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Are you interested in working with us or would you like to know more about our research in the field of knowledge systems and knowledge sharing? Please contact us.