Georgia 4-H and Extension master gardener (EMG) volunteers were surveyed following required online trainings. Most respondents had access to high-speed Internet via personal computers. No significant differences existed regarding familiarity with, comfort with, or use of technology applications among the groups of 4-H and EMG volunteers surveyed. However, traditionalists (those born between 1925 and 1942) were less familiar and comfortable with technology than other generations surveyed. Extension personnel should use technology more with volunteers, including via online offerings accessible by and compatible with smartphones and tablets. Mixed success across program areas with online training does not appear to be due to lack of technology access.
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Dorn, S., & Hobbs, K. G. (2021). Debunking the Myth That Technology Is a Barrier for Volunteer Training Delivery. The Journal of Extension, 58(1), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss1/14