University of New Hampshire Alumni Perspectives in C.R.E.A.M. a Flipped Classroom with Experiential Learning on a Dairy Farm

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Four hundred and seventy-seven alumni of the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Cooperative Real Education in Agriculture Management (CREAM) course (1998-2018) were surveyed regarding experiential learning in a flipped classroom (also known as a backwards or reverse classroom). Using both open and closed ended questions, responses from 220 alumni, 187 women and 33 men were received. Their majors were primarily pre-veterinary medicine (121) and animal science or dairy management (67). Within 24 months of graduation 67 went to veterinary school, 51 to production agriculture, 29 to graduate school and others to work areas related to agriculture, companion animals and zoo animals as well as human health fields. The highest ranked skills students learned were animal health practices, animal nutrition, cattle handling, reproduction, and milking. The five highest ranked interpersonal skills were teamwork, group decision making, oral communication, leadership, and initiative. Alumni strongly agreed that CREAM’s experiential strategies were effective, provided an understanding of the dairy industry and agreed that the flipped classroom approach was an effective teaching strategy. In addition, alumni agreed they were required to problem solve on the farm and that thecourse had an impact on their career, and the program was recognized by graduate and veterinary schools.
  • Authors

  • Conroy, Andrew
  • Overson, Catherine E
  • Erickson, Peter
  • Status

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  • NACTA Journal  Journal
  • Keywords

  • CREAM
  • Dairy
  • Experiential Education
  • Flipped Classroom
  • University of New Hampshire