|Regional Internet Inservice Training for County Extension Agents
Robert Lippert, Clemson University
Owen Plank, University of Georgia
The Internet (asynchronous) approach to instruction has tremendous potential
for inservice training of agricultural Extension agents. The agents can log-on
to the computer and participate in the training as their demanding and
unpredictable schedules permit. Since the agents are located throughout each
state, Internet training eliminates the need for travel to a specific location
in a state or region, thus saving time and money. Most county Extension
offices now have Internet access to the World Wide Web and E-mail which makes
this a very attractive training tool.
A 2-week Internet inservice training will be offered to county Extension
agents in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and Florida.
An international institution will also be invited to participate in the training.
The training title will be "Current Issues in Soil pH and Liming." Two previous
regional Internet inservice training sessions have been successfully implemented
with participation from some of these states but this will be the first time that
this form of training will be utilized over such a large region. The
self-contained modular topic will be applicable to these 6 states and an
international location which have soils with similar properties and problems.
We will expect and encourage agents to use the Web material for subsequent
workshops with farmers.
There are three main objectives we will accomplish with this Internet training:
first, to create a Web page which will provide instruction material and serve
as a catalyst for Extension agent and specialist Listserv discussions on current
soil pH and liming issues; second, to determine if Internet distance learning can
be effectively used for Extension agent training over a wide geographic region
to teach a technical agricultural topic; third, to determine the instruction.