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. Overall horticultural knowledge was significantly greater for both groups in post-test 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
than did the classroom. Each group spent about 75 hours on the class. However, 20% of
classroom participants' time was spent on commuting. Online training was an effective
method for teaching Master Gardeners in this study.
Jeannette, Karen Joy.
Online learning is equally as effective as traditional classroom training for Master gardeners.
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