Multi-media Classroom for Teacher Preparation

Society-Ready Graduates
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Across the country, post-secondary agricultural education programs are dealing with meeting university minimum enrollment standards, a shortage of secondary school agriculture teachers, and teachers needing resources and technical assistance that will take them into the 21st century. Teachers in remote areas still need to keep up with the demands and standards of the profession but often cannot attend professional development classes in person.

Description of Action: 

A self-contained multimedia learning station, or "command center" has been developed to deliver distance education workshops to vocational teachers and students across the state. The instructor can capture classroom participation, e-mail, Internet, multimedia, video and 3-D image display. Using the system, one instructor can film a class at the university, producing a high quality video that can then be sent directly to off-site participants. Currently 7 courses are offered through this process. The program expanded to include web-casting options in 2001.


The program is reaching a record number of undergraduate and graduate students, and educators in the field of agricultural education. So far, 127 clients who otherwise would not have been able to continue their education, have completed distance education courses in teacher preparation. The ultimate impact of the program is that educational standards for excellence in teacher and professional education can be met even in rural areas that do not have traditional university facilities.

"This technology enabled me to complete my degree without traveling 230 miles or paying the added expense. I was able to see the professor on video, and could still interact and ask questions by email." –Agricultural education teacher at Cibola High School, Arizona

Funding Agencies: 

Arizona Department of Education; University of Arizona Center for Computer and Information Technology; University of Arizona College of Agriculture; UA Department of Agricultural Education—Faculty Salaries Grant money

Conact Name: 
Jack Elliot
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Address: 

Department of Agricultural Education

PO Box 210036, Forbes Room 224

The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0036

ElliTelephone: (520) 621-7173, FAX: (520) 621-9889