A premier of the food safety educational modules developed as part of a USDA-funded research project was held November 28th. Project participants and educational video “movie stars” were invited to celebrate the roll out of these English-Spanish online modules.
The online modules were developed using Responsive Design (which means they can be used on computers, tablets, and smart phones) to address needs identified through a national bilingual survey of line-level employees (workers) in retail foodservices. Based on this input, modules to help address barriers to handling food safely in operations, such as not being able to find supplies or not enough time, were developed.
The Do Your PART educational modules begin with an overview Start module followed by specific units that address the concepts of Plan, Act, Routine, and Think. Each unit has a video illustrating a problem and how to resolve it, an activity to allow for application of learned concepts, and a final check section consisting of an interactive quiz. The modules encourage employees to overcome barriers to practicing safe food behaviors.
At the Awards Party, the project leader Dr. Susan Arendt (Hospitality Management Associate Professor), and co-PIs Drs. Catherine Strohbehn (Hospitality Management Professor and Extension Specialist), Ana-Paula Correia (School of Education Associate Professor), and Mack Shelley (Statistics and Political Science Professor), along with Project Coordinator and Event Planner Janell Meyer, greeted guests as they arrived.
A short program began with the premier of the online modules. Jed Findley, of ISU Extension and Outreach External Relations, directed the videos; he and Janell Meyer (producer) presided as the award emcees.
The awards recognized the contributions of the video stars, such as best use of a hair net and most efficient worker. The QR code to quickly display the website on smart phones and tablets was included with other educational messages and handouts for the participants.