Youth Teaching Youth Online Teen Teacher TrainingThe 4-H Youth Teaching Youth team had identified a need for more flexibility and versatility when training teen teachers. Both in-school and out-of-school time is limited for teen teachers, which often results in a shortened training session that is rich in content, but does not allow adequate time for reflection and discussion. So this project assisted them in creating a flipped classroom approach to the trainings, allowing youth to complete self-study modules that provide background on the 4-H program, ages and stages of youth development, and strategies for teaching. After completing the online modules, teens attend face-to-face trainings that offer a space for deeper practice, reflection, application, and conversation.
Another challenge the team faces is the volume of students in the program. Because of this, we discussed the benefits and challenges of Moodle and Qualtrics for the program, and decided to try both to get feedback from the teens and program coordinators. The verdict is still out, but we want to give you a peek at the Qualtrics module. Please note: the teaching video shown is a compilation of clips. Isn’t it fun to watch the teens’ energy?
This project was selected through the Extension e-Learning Proposal Process. We work with Extension Educators, Program Staff, and Faculty who offer training or education, like the Turf and Ground Field Day, Equine Demonstrations, the Local Foods College, the Serve it Up Safely Course, and the Master Gardener Core Course. They are ready to expand their reach, make education more accessible, and/or collaborate with colleagues and community members at a distance. If this is you and you’re ready for help, contact us for a consultation or propose a project!