Online learning modules to improve access to DEC category recertification credits for fruit and vegetable farmers 2010
Project Leaders: Abby Seaman, NYS IPM Program; Ron Gardner, Pesticide Management Education Program
Abstract: The PMEP Distance Learning web site, which was developed to manage user access to the online modules, has been up and running since mid-June. Many lessons were learned in the process of getting this site going. It is a secure merchant site, compliant with University security requirements, allowing users to pay using a credit card. The Moodle software used to develop the modules has features that allow us to meet Department of Environmental Conservation requirements for identifying users and monitoring time spent interacting with the modules. Mailing official certificates to users and monthly reporting to DEC are being handled by Ron Gardner and PMEP staff. User fees will help support these activities and also support ongoing web server hosting.
There are eight core credit modules and four category credit modules currently available to users, with five more category modules under development. Since June, twenty-seven people have successfully received recertification credits through the site. One user used the site to meet part of the requirements for their initial certification. Few problems have been encountered, and the user feedback we have received has been positive: "Using the on line courses, I was able to obtain my private pesticides applicator recertification. A good program and thanks for your help."