A Mobile Learning Classroom Example: Student Professional Development and Learning through a Short Course within the USA

By Brianne R. Schobert, Lori Unruh Snyder and De Townsend Broughton.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Travel classes within the United States about agriculture are very rare occurrences in universities systems because of the time needed to create them and the time needed to fit into the students’ curricula. These types of course are very unique and offer students many learning opportunities. These experiences provide exposure of many diverse farming practices, and the interaction with a vast array of professionals within these practices. Our past, present and future populations are based around understanding our food systems and agriculture. In addition, these types of courses extend learning through travel or “mobile learning” where students are able to move around via transportation and draw upon these on sight agricultural science visits, which hopefully lure them into becoming more interested in agriculture. After participating on a travel course, students are often more interested in crop production and some are even given career direction.

Keywords: Agricultural Education, Professional Development, Mobile Learning

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 393.389KB).

Dr. Brianne R. Schobert

BASF, Raleigh, NC, USA

Dr. Brianne Schobert is a graduate from the University of Florida in the Doctor of Plant Medicine Program. She is currently working for the company of BASF.

Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder

Assistant Professor, Agronomy Department, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Dr. Snyder has a passion for international education. She has initiated both teaching and scholarly research initiatives in four Latin American countries. Her leadership in teaching includes research and development of service learning and critical thinking pedagogy. She has also created pathways to broaden the crop science disciplines to include international experiential learning in sustainability including collaboration within the areas of plant breeding, and genetic diversity. She continues to strive to develop new ways to internationalize the crop science curriculum.

De Townsend Broughton

Live Oak, FL, USA

Mrs. De Townsend Broughton is a graduate from the University of Florida and currently teaching high school agriculture.