Increasing Audience Participation, Ownership, and Knowledge with “Clicker” Technology During Private Pesticide Applicator Traininge

Kyle Jensen, Field Agronomist, Southwest

Problem Statement:

Participants attending their annual recertification class vary in their personal knowledge and need for different educational material.  Most of the attendees are shy about asking questions or answering questions asked in front of others.  The use of “clickers” lets one answer anonymously and will give real time response results.

Programmatic Response: 

During the past season of Private Pesticide Applicator trainings “clicker” technology was integrated into PowerPoint presentations.  A few simple questions were asked to determine the audience’s need for what information and then how much previous knowledge they already have.  The preliminary results guide the presentation to cover topics and data that are pertinent to each audience.  The questions enabled me to find out: previous knowledge, confusions, management decisions, products used, application types, responses to treatment, IPM usage, and thresholds.  A few questions are asked at the end to determine if the training was successful in transferring information and possible change in management.  Use of this technology also lets the audience drive where the presentation goes and engages them into the presentation with active learning.

Outcome Statement:

The use of “clicker” technology allowed myself to assess what the audience already knows and areas that need reinforcing.   During this year’s Private Pesticide Applicator Training audiences were asked for the economic threshold for Soybean Aphids,  67-75% of participants knew the correct answer, near the end, the same question was asked, almost 100% of responses were correct.  Other questions enabled me to identify what other needs and misunderstandings were and try to correct them.  The use of the “clicker” technology has increased audience participation and interaction between them and me.


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