Hands-On Pest Identification [NYS IPM Short Course], 2018
Frye, Matthew; Gangloff-Kaufmann, Jody
The NYS IPM Short Course, or Hands-On Pest Identification Workshop, was first offered in January 2015. The course was designed to provide basic entomological knowledge and to enhance identification skills and decision-making expertise of pest management professionals. Course material was subsequently adapted to meet the needs of Master Gardner Volunteer training, which occurs on alternating years. Since its development, the course has received positive feedback, with an average overall rating of 4.6 out of 5. In 21 offerings of variable length (1 to 7.5 hours), the course has trained 701 participants (399 Master Gardener Volunteers and 302 Pest Management Professionals) for a total of 2699.5 contact hours. Although the format of pre- and post-tests has changed over time, most groups (78%, N=9) demonstrated a knowledge gain with improved scores on post-tests. When evaluated, all groups (100%, N=5) demonstrated improved identification skills. Based on observations and feedback from the course, modifications to the design and delivery of content are planned for 2019. Proposed changes will be discussed below.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Community IPM; Communication