A whole-farm planning course in Idaho has evolved from an in-person course offered by a single instructor in one location to an online course to a hybrid learning course that combines online learning with in-person and webinar components offered simultaneously at multiple sites across the state. Evaluation data suggest that all three approaches have been effective at increasing knowledge and skills. The hybrid learning model allows for using technology to leverage faculty and farmer expertise and increase participant numbers while maintaining in-person interaction and experiential learning. Findings support the concept of the hybrid learning model as a tool for Extension audiences in rural states.
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DePhelps, C., Newman, S., Golden, L., & Mayes, I. (2019). Using Hybrid Learning to Improve Educational Programs for Small-Acreage Farmers. The Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 13. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.04.13