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Designing an information and communication technology system to train private agricultural insurance brokers in Iran

Maryam Omidi Najafabadi, Science and Research Branch Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Jamal Farajollah Hosseini, Science and Research Branch Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Mehdi Mirdamadi, Science and Research Branch Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Reza Moghadasi, Science and Research Branch Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Abstract
The Agricultural Insurance Fund (AIF) in Iran has hired private sectors named “brokers” to implement an agricultural insurance scheme. AIF has spent considerable time, effort, and money to train brokers. Unfortunately, many of their investments are met with disappointing results and traditional education is no longer effective. To overcome this challenge, an information and communication technology (ICT)-based training system seems the best solution. This study was conducted to design an ICT system to train agricultural insurance brokers in Iran. To achieve this aim, a theoretical framework is presented, based on previous research. Our results are given using newly developed and sophisticated statistical techniques. Namely, ordinal logistic regression indicated that the factors which affect on designing an ICT-based training system are technical, financial, instructors, and learner factors; while the ordinal factor analysis classified the challenges into four latent variables named organizational, social, human, and technical challenges. Finally a conceptual framework is presented for the ICT training system.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556