Dedicating the Agricultural Education and Leadership Learning Space

Dedicating the Agricultural Education and Leadership Learning Space

May 9
Debra Korte, Teaching Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education
  
Recently, the Agricultural Education Program was honored to welcome Linda Tank, Senior Vice President, CHS Communications and Public Affairs, to the dedication ceremony of the Agricultural Education and Leadership Learning Space. Because of the generous donation from the CHS Foundation, Inc., the Agricultural Education Program classroom transitioned from “out-of-date” to “state-of-the-art”. Students no longer use a VCR and overhead projector for workshops and demonstrations; instead, they utilize touchscreen technology on large, high definition televisions to navigate websites, watch instructional videos, or display presentations.

Perhaps most importantly, the new learning space allows our online graduate students to feel more engaged in the classroom environment. The technology provides an enriched learning experience for both the on-campus graduate students (present in the classroom) and online students (joining via online software and webcams). Moreover, the new technology allows students from around the world to join classes and interact with other students.

Aside from the classroom experience, students use the learning space to engage with industry professionals in networking opportunities, collaborate with agriculture partners, and develop their skills for utilizing a variety of technologies in traditional and non-traditional education settings.

Thanks to the CHS Foundation, the Agricultural Education Program has a learning environment that is welcoming for future students and upholds the standards of excellence set forth by the University of Illinois as a leader in research and education. Regardless of their specific career paths, students who use this learning space will be leaders in their communities and the agriculture industry.

Many thanks to the CHS Foundation for their significant contributions to the agriculture industry, the agricultural education profession, and the University of Illinois.
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