JPSE Volume 23 - 2021

Research - Pages 1 to 8

Using Microsoft Teams and Zoom to Deliver Pesticide License Training and Certification

Brett Wells Bultemeier, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Pesticide Information Office, Gainesville, FL, bwbult@ufl.edu

Michelle Atkinson, Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension, Manatee County Extension, Palmetto, FL, michelleatkinson@ufl.edu

Joe Gasper, System Administrator IV, IFAS Information Technology (IT), Gainesville, FL, gasperj@ufl.edu

Jason Ferrell, Director, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL, jferrell@ufl.edu

Abstract

Pesticide safety educators have turned to online delivery to reach a wider applicator audience and to adapt to the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Microsoft® Teams and Zoom have been the most widely used among this group. This article discusses these platforms and some of the unique features that can be used to ensure that virtual training and applicator recertification are legal, ethical, and ultimately successful. The authors conclude that distance training will likely be part of the new norm in pesticide training.

Keywords: applicator recertification, COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft Teams, pesticide safety education programs, virtual training, Zoom

Full Text: 82-18-1-BAGF.pdf


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