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Sarah Wright Oklahoma State University Precision Agriculture April 27, 2009. Precision Agriculture Education: A Guide for Developing Programs. Start with the Basics. What is the subject? Who is your audience? How much time do you have? What content will you include?
Sarah Wright Oklahoma State University Precision Agriculture April 27, 2009 Precision Agriculture Education:A Guide for Developing Programs
Start with the Basics • What is the subject? • Who is your audience? • How much time do you have? • What content will you include? • What materials do you need? • How can you best present the material? • How will you evaluate the outcomes? • What kind of follow-up will occur? (Powell & Cassady, 2007)
Addressing Audience Needs • As an educated professional, you know what goals you have for your program. • How much background knowledge does the audience have on the topic? • What does the audience want to know about the topic? • What is developmentally appropriate?
Addressing Audience Needs • Demographic and background information • Survey questionnaires • Interview target population • Talk with people who work with the group
Goals, Objectives and Outcomes • What will participants get out of your program? • Why should they go? • Helps everyone stay on task • Makes evaluation easier • Necessary to obtain funding
Goals, Objectives and Outcomes • Goals - broad statements defining what you want to occur • Objectives - specific steps to achieving goals • Outcomes - observable and measurable behaviors that indicate goals have been achieved (Powell & Cassady, 2007)
Developing Learning Goals, Objectives and Outcomes • Decide on measurable outcomes first • Make a plan of steps to meet outcomes next, objectives • Create general goals that will encompass planned outcomes and objectives
Teaching Appropriate Curriculum • Keep in mind developmental needs • Add information from needs assessment surveys and interviews • Use material from up-to-date research • Keep content as simple as possible • Maximum retention comes from programs that are easy to understand and apply
Evaluation • Assess outcomes of program • Find out what was learned within the sessions • Follow up using longitudinal studies to find out what was retained and implemented • What else would the audience want to know?
References • Powell, L. H. & Cassady D. (2007). Family life education: working with families across the lifespan. 2nd ed. Waveland Press, Inc: Long Grove, IL.