Online learning equals traditional classroom training for Master Gardeners

Karen J. Jeannette, Mary Hockenberry Meyer

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Abstract

The effectiveness of Internet or online training was compared to traditional classroom training in the Master Gardener Core Course/horticulture 1003 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Overall horticultural knowledge was significantly greater for both groups in posttest results, and there was no significant difference in horticultural knowledge between the two groups. Online learners did not perceive the lack of instructor face-to-face interaction to be as important as did classroom participants. Online learners also placed a greater value on flexibility of class time and no commuting. Both groups spent approximately 75 hours on the class. However, 20% of classroom participants' time was commuting. Online training was an effective method for teaching Master Gardeners in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-156
Number of pages9
JournalHortTechnology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Chat room
  • Discussion list
  • Distance education
  • E-mail
  • Extension teaching
  • Internet
  • Technology

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