Bilingual, digital, audio-visual training modules improve technical knowledge of feedlot and dairy workers

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dc.contributor.author Reinhardt, Christopher D.
dc.contributor.author Thomson, Daniel U.
dc.contributor.author Retzlaff, Deanna D.
dc.contributor.author Butler, B.
dc.contributor.author Valles, J. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-23T19:25:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-23T19:25:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14064
dc.description.abstract Two studies were conducted to determine the effectiveness of digital multimedia modules as training tools for animal care workers. Employees at a commercial feedlot (n = 17) and a commercial dairy (n = 10) were asked to independently complete a 10-question quiz prior to and following viewing of training modules. Module topics in the feedlot were proper handling of non-ambulatory animals and humane methods of euthanasia; modules were administered to the workers, as a group, in either English (n = 7) or Spanish (N = 10), depending on previously indicated worker preference. Modules addressing dairy cattle health practices and dairy cattle handling were presented to the dairy care workers who had a preference for learning in either English (n = 7) or Spanish (n = 3). For feedlot workers, post-test scores were improved by 28% after viewing the modules compared to pre-test scores (74% vs. 58%; P < 0.01), across language and topic. There were no interactions (P > 0.30) between language, topic, and between-test variation, indicating that the modules were equally effective at information delivery to both audiences in both languages. For the dairy workers, test scores improved by 27% from pre-viewing to post-viewing (73% vs. 92%; P < 0.01); there was an interaction between the effect of module and language preference (P < 0.01) indicating that although scores increased for both of the topic areas for the English-speaking workers, only the score for the animal health topic increased for the Spanish-speaking workers. Regardless of nationality, level of formal education, topic, or preferred language, digital media are effective at improving knowledge transfer to animal care professionals. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://ojrrp.org/journals/ojrrp/article/view/266 en_US
dc.subject Multimedia training en_US
dc.subject Feedlot employee training en_US
dc.subject Dairy employee training en_US
dc.subject Agriculture working training in Spanish en_US
dc.title Bilingual, digital, audio-visual training modules improve technical knowledge of feedlot and dairy workers en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.4148/ojrrp.v5i7.266 en_US
dc.citation.epage 9 en_US
dc.citation.issue 7 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy en_US
dc.citation.spage 1 en_US
dc.citation.volume 5 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid thomson en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid cdr3 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid retzlaff en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid bbutler en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jvalles en_US

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