Improving PAT and IPM Training through an Interactive Training/Testing Program

Volume 1
1999

Abstract

Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, 1999, Volume 1, Pages 11-14


Improving PAT and IPM Training through an Interactive Training/Testing Program

Myron Shenk, PAT Coordinator, Integrated Plant Protection Center of Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 97331-2915, shenkm@bcc.orst.edu

With funding from an USDA-ES Competitive Grant, an interactive computer training (ICT) program was developed for training and testing pesticide applicators. Questions are presented throughout the program; requiring a correct answer to proceed to new material. With an incorrect answer, the program loops back to repeat pertinent information. Learning with the ICT method was equal to traditional delivery methods while requiring 50% less time. Trainee interest and involvement was high with ICT. The log file permits printing a record of answers chosen. This record could be used by state agencies for granting PAT recertification credits, or even to test for licensing of pesticide applicators.

KEYWORDS: computer, interactive, video, training, Oregon, testing, pesticide, safety