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"Clickers" And Haccp: Educating A Diverse Food Industry Audience With Technology, Angela M. Shaw, Aubrey F. Mendonca, Aura Daraba Dec 2015

"Clickers" And Haccp: Educating A Diverse Food Industry Audience With Technology, Angela M. Shaw, Aubrey F. Mendonca, Aura Daraba

Food Science and Human Nutrition Publications

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic approach to food safety education for the food industry. To receive a HACCP certificate, participants must receive an 80% or higher on the final examination. Language barriers, educational levels, and age have been noted as primary reasoning's for not passing the final examination. Clicker technology has been shown to improve knowledge transfer to students in various classroom settings. Incorporation of mock final examination questions using Clickers into a traditional HACCP course has been shown in a small pilot study to increase the pass rate.


Systematic Approach To Food Safety Education On The Farm, Angela Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, Linda Naeve Dec 2015

Systematic Approach To Food Safety Education On The Farm, Angela Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, Linda Naeve

Food Science and Human Nutrition Publications

Food safety education from farm to end user is essential in the mitigation of food safety concerns associated with fresh produce. Iowa State University developed a multi-disciplinary three-level sequential program ("Know," "Show," "Go") to provide a holistic approach to food safety education. This program provides knowledge on GAP (Know); guides development and documentation of food safety practices (Show); and aids in grower's readiness for third party auditing (Go). Evaluations suggest this program is effective in changing long term food safety knowledge, attitude, and behaviors. The multi-disciplinary sequential approach can be used by other Extension programs to reach.


Perspectives Of Extension Agents And Farmers Toward Multifunctional Agriculture In The United States Corn Belt, John W. Doudna, Matthew E. O'Neal, John C. Tyndall, Matthew J. Helmers Dec 2015

Perspectives Of Extension Agents And Farmers Toward Multifunctional Agriculture In The United States Corn Belt, John W. Doudna, Matthew E. O'Neal, John C. Tyndall, Matthew J. Helmers

Entomology Publications

We surveyed the perspectives of farmers, crop professionals, and Extension agents and found that they have positive perspectives concerning multifunctional agriculture, including a positive effect of a nearby prairie to cropland productivity. The survey was conducted in central Iowa and included individuals predominantly from Iowa involved in commodity research and production. Our results are preliminary and provide a baseline for further research into the perspectives of change agents in the U.S. Corn Belt. They also provide insight into similarities among key links in the diffusion of innovation chain.


University Faculty And Their Knowledge & Acceptance Of Biological Evolution, Justin W. Rice, Michael P. Clough, Joane K. Olson, Dean C. Adams, James T. Colbert Dec 2015

University Faculty And Their Knowledge & Acceptance Of Biological Evolution, Justin W. Rice, Michael P. Clough, Joane K. Olson, Dean C. Adams, James T. Colbert

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Publications

Misconceptions about biological evolution specifically and the nature of science in general are pervasive in our society and culture. The view that biological evolution explains life’s origin(s) and that hypotheses become theories, which then become laws are just two examples of commonly held misconceptions. These misconceptions are reinforced in the media, in people’s personal lives, and in some unfortunate cases in the science classroom. Misconceptions regarding the nature of science (NOS) have been shown to be related to understanding and acceptance of biological evolution. Previous work has looked at several factors that are related to an individual ...


Who Do You Think You Are? Vonnie, Andreas Haffar, Amber Klootwyk, Julie Doyle Jul 2015

Who Do You Think You Are? Vonnie, Andreas Haffar, Amber Klootwyk, Julie Doyle

Ethos

The beginning of then six-year-old Ja’Von “Vonnie” Latimore's immense fascination with the insect world all started with the accidental squashing of her sister’s ladybug. She couldn’t resist the temptation to take a stick from the yard, poke the bug apart and examine its parts


Strengthening Senior Technology Capstone Course Experience For Agricultural And Industrial Technology Students, Lloyd D. Snell, Jacek A. Koziel Jul 2015

Strengthening Senior Technology Capstone Course Experience For Agricultural And Industrial Technology Students, Lloyd D. Snell, Jacek A. Koziel

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The Technology Capstone I/II are required Agricultural Systems Technology and Industrial Technology courses at Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), Iowa State University to prepare students for workplace application of learned practices. Instructors are challenged to create a strong and rigorous learning experience in the final year of a typical degree program. Past experiences with Technology Capstone course weaknesses could be summarized as follows: (1) projects were often "made-up" problems, i.e., contrived to meet academic requirements, lacking real-world business client and associated professional/business-world expectations, (2) student engagement was low and affecting other team members, and (3) instructors lacked ...


Administration Of Team-Based Senior Capstone Course: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher Jul 2015

Administration Of Team-Based Senior Capstone Course: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Senior capstone courses provide an important mechanism for students to integrate and apply technical knowledge and skills they have acquired in previous coursework. Additionally, students are required to master a variety of professional skills, including teamwork, unstructured task completion, and project management to facilitate successful completion of a capstone course. Faculty also play an important role in the success of capstone courses. Sourcing and grading projects are common challenges for instructors. This paper will outline the challenges and best practices learned in the development and implementation of a senior-level capstone course in agricultural engineering technology, based on qualitative data gathered ...


Agriculture Study Abroad Program To Poland, Jacek A. Koziel Jul 2015

Agriculture Study Abroad Program To Poland, Jacek A. Koziel

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The Technology Travel Course (TSM 496) is an elective course that meets the university-wide international perspectives requirement. The course has a curricular home in the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), Iowa State University (ISU). It enables instructors to develop and offer a study abroad program structured as a faculty-led trip abroad. This course is also an excellent opportunity for students to learn/compare technology concepts and applications in an international context that is encouraged by the ABE External Advisory Board. The objectives of this paper are to (1) Review the application of TSM 496 to Ag Study Abroad ...


Cross-Institutional Exploratory Of Faculty Compensation Models To Incentivize Distance Learning Participation, Mitchell L. Springer, Mark T. Schuver, Thomas J. Brumm Jun 2015

Cross-Institutional Exploratory Of Faculty Compensation Models To Incentivize Distance Learning Participation, Mitchell L. Springer, Mark T. Schuver, Thomas J. Brumm

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

In higher education, courses and curriculum are purportedly the intellectual property of the academic departments. Academic departments, then, provide instructors or faculty to teach. The assignment of faculty to teach in distance-based programs directly implies there needs to exist some level of financial incentive for the home department of those faculty, as well as direct incentive to the faculty who are involved in teaching. After all expenses are accounted for, then,what model for faculty compensation provides the greatest level of incentive to participate in professional studies? Building on previous scholarship and over a year of additional research,this paper ...


A Systematic Review Of Mechatronic-Based Projects In Introductory Engineering And Technology Courses, John R. Haughery, D. Raj Raman Jun 2015

A Systematic Review Of Mechatronic-Based Projects In Introductory Engineering And Technology Courses, John R. Haughery, D. Raj Raman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

For well over two decades, engineering and technology educators have been deploying hands-on project-based learning activities in freshmen courses, in the hopes of inspiring students,increasing retention, and creating better educated graduates. Some of these educators have also been reporting the results of their efforts through papers published and/or presented in a widevariety of settings. In an attempt to understand the broad results of these efforts, this paper discusses the effects of mechatronic-based projects on the retention of engineering and technology students. To facilitate this discussion, we conducted a systematic review of well over 120 related sources of literature ...


Online Review Course For Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Exam Now Available, Robert G. Hartzler Jun 2015

Online Review Course For Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Exam Now Available, Robert G. Hartzler

Integrated Crop Management News

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, with support from the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers Board, has developed an online review course for individuals taking the Iowa Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) examination.

The course consists of four modules included in the exam:

  1. crop management
  2. pest management
  3. nutrient management
  4. soil and water management.


Creature Contraband, Kelsey Rindfleisch, Amber Klootwyk, Julie Doyle Jun 2015

Creature Contraband, Kelsey Rindfleisch, Amber Klootwyk, Julie Doyle

Ethos

For some college students, one of the hardest parts of being away from home is being separated from their pets. Coming home after a long day of classes just isn’t the same without your best furry, scaly or feathered friend there to greet you at the door. According to the Department of Residence’s policies, the only pets that students living in on-campus housing are allowed to have are fish—limited to one aquarium per student.


The Effectiveness Of An Online Community Of Practice As An Intervention For Childhood Obesity, Casey Deboer Apr 2015

The Effectiveness Of An Online Community Of Practice As An Intervention For Childhood Obesity, Casey Deboer

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

A significant portion of the children in the United States do not reach the recommended amount of physical activity (PA) each day. Childhood obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are associated with a cycle of deficits to physical and psychological health that continue throughout the lifetime. Schools are ideal locations for improvement, and implementing programs that include PA in the classroom is one promising solution; however, teachers are not provided with adequate support to apply this strategy. It is imperative that effective ways to increase teachers’ inclinations to incorporate PA be found. The purpose of this research was to examine the ...


Food Defense Best Practices Reported By Public School Food Authorities In Seven Northern U.S. States, Catherine H. Strohbehn, Carol J. Klitzke Apr 2015

Food Defense Best Practices Reported By Public School Food Authorities In Seven Northern U.S. States, Catherine H. Strohbehn, Carol J. Klitzke

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Purpose/Objectives This study reported food defense planning, training and best practices implemented in public schools in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Methods An internet-administered survey was sent to 1,501 school food authorities or food service directors (FSDs) in public schools. Survey items included frequency of implementation of 31 food defense best practices adapted from the work of Yoon and Shanklin (2007) and Yoon (2007). Focus was on practices relating to employee management, utility security, facility security, and communication. Additional items requested information about food defense planning, food defense training, operational, and demographic characteristics ...


A View Of Oral Communication Activities In Food Science From The Perspective Of A Communication Researcher, Denise A. Vrchota Apr 2015

A View Of Oral Communication Activities In Food Science From The Perspective Of A Communication Researcher, Denise A. Vrchota

English Publications

Food science researchers have pronounced the Institute of Food Technologists Success Skills to be the most important competency mastered by graduates entering the work force. Much of the content and outcomes of the Success Skills pertains to oral communication skills of public speaking and interpersonal and group communication. This qualitative study reports the results of an examination of oral communication activities in the classes of 9 faculty in the food science program at Iowa State Univ. The findings revealed communication activities in the classes that support the Success Skills oral communication mandates; however, the food science faculty did not explicitly ...


Visual Ethnography Assessment Of Departments Of Animal Sciences At Three Land Grant Universities: Who Is Welcome?, Shannon Archibeque-Engle Jan 2015

Visual Ethnography Assessment Of Departments Of Animal Sciences At Three Land Grant Universities: Who Is Welcome?, Shannon Archibeque-Engle

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

Physical artifacts present in educational settings make visible the values of the institution. These messages signal the institution’s desire for a culturally inclusive and supportive environment. Given the land grant mission of inclusive education, the labor heritage of agriculture, and the saliency of stereotype threat in creating an inclusive learning environment, critically assessing the equity climate of departments of animal sciences in land grant universities is overdue. This study utilizes Banning et al.’s 2008 taxonomy based on visual ethnography methodology to interpret the equity climate of three departments of animal sciences at land grant institutions to answer the ...


An Experimental Course: Animal Handling, Safety, And Well-Being, Brady M. Mcneil, Heather A. Jennings, Christen G. Jackson, Anna K. Johnson, Jodi A. Sterle Jan 2015

An Experimental Course: Animal Handling, Safety, And Well-Being, Brady M. Mcneil, Heather A. Jennings, Christen G. Jackson, Anna K. Johnson, Jodi A. Sterle

Animal Industry Report

Students in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University are coming from increasingly diverse backgrounds, with little to no experience working with or handling various livestock species. In order to best accommodate these students, additional courses are being developed, one of which is Animal Science 190X: Animal Handling, Safety, and Well-Being. Through the course, students handle all major livestock species; sheep, swine, poultry, horses, beef cattle and dairy cattle, and are required to demonstrate handling knowledge and skills learned as part of a final assessment. This creates an opportunity for students lacking a livestock background to feel more ...


An Update Of The Ensminger Program In International Agriculture, Max F. Rothschild Jan 2015

An Update Of The Ensminger Program In International Agriculture, Max F. Rothschild

Animal Industry Report

The Ensminger Program is a departmental effort to improve and expand activities in international animal agriculture in the Department of Animal Science and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. The program is funded by an endowment created by ME Ensminger and his wife and led by the current Ensminger Chair. This program has several purposes and includes in collaboration with international scientists, development of schools/conferences in locations around the world, improving training and collaboration of foreign scientists and improved education and opportunities for Iowa State University undergraduates and graduate students with interests in international ...


Horticulture Enterprise Management (Hort/Ag Eds 465)–Year Review, Leah Riesselman, Gail Nonnecke Jan 2015

Horticulture Enterprise Management (Hort/Ag Eds 465)–Year Review, Leah Riesselman, Gail Nonnecke

Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports

Originally introduced in the spring of 2011, the cross-listed Hort/Ag EdS 465 course was reintroduced Spring 2014 to the horticulture curriculum at Iowa State University. Modeled after the Ag 450 farm, the purpose of Hort/Ag EdS 465 is to provide students with the experience in managing a horticultural farm and to engage students in active learning of running a horticulture enterprise.


A Student-Managed Horticultural Enterprise Hort 465: The Beginnings, Mark Honeyman, Nick Howell, Malcom Robertson Jan 2015

A Student-Managed Horticultural Enterprise Hort 465: The Beginnings, Mark Honeyman, Nick Howell, Malcom Robertson

Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports

In 2010, Wade Miller, chair of AgEdS department; Jeff Iles, chair of Horticulture department; and Mark Honeyman, coordinator of ISU Research Farms, including the Horticulture Research Station, began discussions that were the beginnings of a new course at ISU – Horticulture Enterprise Management, Hort/AgEdS 465X.


Update From The Animal Science Undergraduate Teaching Section—2014, Jodi A. Sterle Jan 2015

Update From The Animal Science Undergraduate Teaching Section—2014, Jodi A. Sterle

Animal Industry Report

Undergraduate student enrollment in the Animal Science department continues to increase. A total of 1,077 undergraduate students set another new record this fall. Placement numbers also remain high, with over 97% of graduates either entering graduate or professional school or gaining employment within six months of graduation.


Equine Program Review, Peggy M. Auwerda, Nicole S. Ferwerda Jan 2015

Equine Program Review, Peggy M. Auwerda, Nicole S. Ferwerda

Animal Industry Report

The Department of Animal Science equine program provides a high quality active learning environment that promotes life-long learning in both career and life skills for students. Courses accommodate the range of experiences by incorporating the science with the “hands-on” activity. In addition the equine community is served through extension and outreach activities.


Motivation And Retention Of Iowa’S Master Gardener Volunteers, Bryn Takle Jan 2015

Motivation And Retention Of Iowa’S Master Gardener Volunteers, Bryn Takle

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Retention of participants in volunteer organizations has been shown to be not only a challenge, but also a great benefit to the organization. Rising costs of training and continuing education make each interaction valuable from both perspectives. Volunteer opportunities are abundant but must be meaningful and engaging for the participants in order to keep them involved. Using electronic survey software, Iowa Master Gardeners were asked to respond to a series of questions investigating 1) the current demographics of the population, 2) reasons volunteers associate with the Master Gardener program, and 3) the continuing education topics and delivery methods most preferred ...


Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering And Technology Scholars: The Case Study Of Agricultural Supply Chain, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan, Chad M. Laux Jan 2015

Facilitating Successful Global Research Among Engineering And Technology Scholars: The Case Study Of Agricultural Supply Chain, Shweta Chopra, Prashant Rajan, Chad M. Laux

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

With the increase in demand for the global research, scholars in engineering and technology discipline do not hesitate in taking up global opportunity for conducting research. Scholars may lack the skill set to work in an international environment and encounter many surprises during field research, directly impacting their productivity. However, prior information regarding climate, work, and traditional culture, etc. will help scholars to acclimatize faster and produce effective results in new environment. Current research utilizes case study method for data collection and data analysis by drawing on experiences of the authors while conducting 18 months field research in Chhattisgarh, India ...


Creating And Sustaining High-Quality Senior Capstone Experiences, Gretchen A. Mosher Jan 2015

Creating And Sustaining High-Quality Senior Capstone Experiences, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The 2011 Outcomes Assessment Model for accreditation by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) requires coursework in both management and technical areas of technology, with a “reasonable balance” between the practical application of “how” and more conceptual application of “why” (ATMAE Outcomes Assessment Model, 2013). One way to meet this requirement is with a senior capstone course. Capstone courses focus on the integration and application of technical skills and knowledge along with consideration of multiple realistic constraints. A high quality capstone experience has many positive outcomes for the student, faculty, and department. However, capstone courses can be ...


Relevance Of Student Teaching Skills And Activities From The Perspective Fo The Student Teacher, Scott W. Smalley, Michael S. Retallick, Thomas H. Paulsen Jan 2015

Relevance Of Student Teaching Skills And Activities From The Perspective Fo The Student Teacher, Scott W. Smalley, Michael S. Retallick, Thomas H. Paulsen

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

The purpose of this descriptive survey study was to determine the extent to which student teachers deem traditional student teaching skills and activities relevant as part of the capstone student teaching experience. The study population consisted of all (N = 140) fall 2012 and spring 2013 agricultural education student teachers in the North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education (NC-AAAE). The findings shed light on student teachers’ perspectives regarding the relevance of student teaching activities. Student teachers considered the activities associated with the eight constructs in this study relevant or very relevant. Future research should determine if all ...


The Impact Of A Capstone Farm Management Course On Critical Thinking Abilities, Dustin K. Perry, Thomas H. Paulsen, Michael S. Retallick Jan 2015

The Impact Of A Capstone Farm Management Course On Critical Thinking Abilities, Dustin K. Perry, Thomas H. Paulsen, Michael S. Retallick

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

While many studies about the 4-H camping experience focus on youth who are campers, few studies examine the outcomes of the experience for counselors. This study examines the extent to which 4-H camp results in transformative learning for 4-H members who serve as camp counselors, examines the perceived changes that occur within counselors, and describes the factors and characteristics of camp that result in personal transformation. The population for this study was 2012 Minnesota 4-H camp counselors. Using the Transformative Learning and the Camp Experience Staff Member Survey, the results indicated that camp counselors experienced transformative learning. Major personal changes ...


Transformative Learning And The 4-H Camp Counselor Experience, Donna Leff, Michael S. Retallick, Nancy K. Franz Jan 2015

Transformative Learning And The 4-H Camp Counselor Experience, Donna Leff, Michael S. Retallick, Nancy K. Franz

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

While many studies about the 4-H camping experience focus on youth who are campers, few studies examine the outcomes of the experience for counselors. This study examines the extent to which 4-H camp results in transformative learning for 4-H members who serve as camp counselors, examines the perceived changes that occur within counselors, and describes the factors and characteristics of camp that result in personal transformation. The population for this study was 2012 Minnesota 4-H camp counselors. Using the Transformative Learning and the Camp Experience Staff Member Survey, the results indicated that camp counselors experienced transformative learning. Major personal changes ...


Cooperating Teachers' Perspectives Of Student Teaching Skills And Activities, Scott Smalley, Michael S. Retallick, Thomas H. Paulsen Jan 2015

Cooperating Teachers' Perspectives Of Student Teaching Skills And Activities, Scott Smalley, Michael S. Retallick, Thomas H. Paulsen

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which cooperating teachers deem required student teaching skills and activities relevant to the agricultural education student teaching experience. The population for this descriptive study consisted of individuals who served as cooperating teachers in Iowa and South Dakota during the last 5 years (N = 70). The study focused on activities in eight constructs: evaluation of student performance, teaching, FFA, planning instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), teaching profession, school–community relations, and adult education. Cooperating teachers surveyed in this study believed that seven of the eight constructs were very relevant to ...


The Impact Of Two Experiential Learning Programs: The Graduates' Perspective, B.A. Mahoney, Michael S. Retallick Jan 2015

The Impact Of Two Experiential Learning Programs: The Graduates' Perspective, B.A. Mahoney, Michael S. Retallick

Agricultural Education and Studies Publications

The purpose of this descriptive census survey was to explore the impact of participation in two integrated, experiential learning programs in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Specific objectives were to determine the influence of these programs on graduates’ (a) decisions to enter careers and graduate school, (b) level of skill improvement, (c) career development and decidedness and (d) preparation for careers and graduate school. Graduates believe their experience positively affected development of their skills and abilities and had a positive influence on their career and graduate school aspirations. Graduates report that the programs enhanced their preparation for careers ...