Effective, Efficient Online Training in Cooperative Extension

Jane Chin Young, Linda Marie Manton, Steven M. Worker, Anna C. Martin

Abstract


In order to keep pace with media and communications trends in education, Cooperative Extension (CE) faces the need to shift from traditional face-to-face delivery to online alternatives. This exploratory study focused on evaluating the effectiveness of on-demand, interactive online training compared to its face-to-face counterpart. Targeted for CE staff and volunteers whose work impacts youth, families and communities, the design centered on the university’s cost-effective in-house technology tools. The study results make the case for online delivery as effective and efficient. Strategies for developing a process for online delivery in CE are also offered.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2014.51

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