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  • 1. A Virtual Eternity 10 Years of Online Pesticide Safety Training in NJ Polanin, N. 1, Hlubik, W. T. 2, and Hamilton, G. C. 3 1 County Agent II, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, NJAES Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807 2 County Agent I, Professor I, Rutgers University, NJAES Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, North Brunswick, NJ, 08902 3 Specialist in Pest Management, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901Abstract Objectives Results – Earned Professional Credit DataDistance education efforts utilize enhanced To provide current pesticide safety information, 700communication linkages to reach existing and under- resolving critical issues facing agriculture, urban andserved clientele groups by facilitating wider and more 600 Annual and Cumulative rural communities, and the environmentaccessible distribution of research-based findings and 500educational opportunities, while at times also meeting CORE Credits Granted To utilize statewide regulatory and educationallicensure or regulatory requirements. 400 2002 - 2011 publications and teaching expertise to establish distance education tools 300 200 To enhance the teaching, research and outreach 100 efforts through the use of digital media 0 ’02 ‘03 ’04 ’05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 To strengthen digital communication linkages and educational opportunities to existing and underserved clientele groups Results – User Satisfaction 85 % indicate a high level of satisfaction with the website design and contentA web site, www.recert.rutgers.edu, was launched in 90 % strongly agreed the convenience of taking an2002 to provide training and online licensure online course was important to themrecertification opportunities in the CORE area ofpesticide safety and storage. Two CORE credits have 80 % stated that the website provides a necessarybeen available for commercial growers and applicators learning experience in addition to the recertificationin NJ since the onset of the website, while credits for creditNY, PA, and MD applicators have been added to the siteover time. The web site features written and narrated A “Click, Listen, and View” approach addresses Results – Professional Applicator Datascript along with digital imagery designed for the different learning styles while the online outreach allowsgeneral public (non-credit) and licensed audiences. 500 for asynchronous learning at the pace and availability ofPre- and Post- questions are imbedded online to assess 450 Annual and Cumulative the licensed or public user rather than a seminaruser knowledge and knowledge gained and the learning 400 Licensed Usersvalue of the site beyond the licensure credit. 350 Results – User Knowledge and Knowledge Gains 2002 - 2011 300Over the past decade, 473 individual licensedapplicators attained 692 CORE credits through this web 250 Users were most knowledgeable in utilizing materialssite for their state recertification needs. According to 200 to neutralize spills (97% correct) and locking storageWebTrends Analysis®, there is an average of 4,800 150 facilities (94% correct) prior to completing the web sitegeneral use (non-credit) public views of the web site 100annually. The pre- and post- surveys continue to 50 Users most improved their knowledge of inventoryprovide valuable data on the teaching capacity of the 0 ’02 ‘03 ’04 ’05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 regulations (a 30% increase in survey scores) and signagesite and the web sites overall benefit to professional Acknowledgements and Special Thanks: regulations regarding language (a 22% increase in surveyapplicators well beyond retaining their state license. Sean Convery (IT setup and support); Gary Huntzinger (WebTrends Analysis®) scores) following completion of the website