BLENDING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY WITH TRADITIONAL EXTENSION PROGRAMMING

Proposed by: Chris L.Bruynis, PhD

Presenters: Bruynis PhD, C. L., Assistant Professor, Extension Educator & County Extension Director, Ohio State University Extension, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Bergerfurd, B., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Dugan, D., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Georgetown, OH 45121
Iles, J., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Logan, OH 43138
Meyer, C., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton, OH 45011
Meyer, G., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Lebanon, OH 45036
Neal, N., Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Owensville, OH 45160

Due to small class sizes during recent Master Gardener training in several counties in Southern Ohio, coupled with some counties have vacancies in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator position, a group of Educators decided to offer training using a blended teaching approach. By using CarmenConnect (OSU licensed Abobe Connect) to deliver educational programming, multiple locations could be taught at the same time. Instructors either taught the lesson from one of the three training sites or remotely from their office. Additionally, instructors were requested to provide 2030 minutes of hands-on activity, complete with materials list and facilitator instructions to complement the lecture portion of each class. Either the local host educator or a previously trained Master Gardener Volunteer facilitated the interactive portion of the lesson. Feedback from existing Master Gardener Volunteers revealed that the trainings were equally as effective as an entire face to face program and better integrated existing volunteers with the new recruits through the hand-on activities.

All Accepted Proposals