Using the Course Materials
This course is divided into six lessons that follow the same format. EDEN has created several teaching and learning tools for course participants, described below:
Study Guides: Begin each lesson with the printable Study Guide, which is a note-taking tool that highlights the key points of the lesson and guides you through the entire course content. While it is not mandatory that you complete the study guides, they are designed to prepare you for successfully completing the knowledge assessments.
Lessons: Proceed to the first lesson. When it opens, at the top of the page you will find the lesson title, an overview, outcome(s), and instructions for completing the lesson. As you scroll down the page and click on each “Next” button, you will be able to view the complete lesson. Each lesson features:
Quick Quizzes will help you test yourself over the reading materials. Each quiz contains five true-false questions to give you some indication of how well you have comprehended the course content. If your answer is incorrect, the correct answer is provided. Quick Quiz scores are not recorded. The quizzes are intended to help you prepare for successful completion of the knowledge assessment.
Case Study and Lesson Synthesis is an applied activity that helps you bring together the core concepts of select lessons. Please consider the use of these or other course materials when teaching plant biosecurity management to others.
Knowledge Assessment. When you have completed
the readings and presentations for the lesson, you should proceed to
the online, multiple-choice knowledge assessment. First, click on the
green “Assessments” button. Next, click on the grey button that corresponds
to the lesson you just completed. Read the instructions. Proceed through
the assessment by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of each screen.
Note that you have two opportunities to answer each question correctly.
During the knowledge assessment, you will not be permitted to return
to a previous screen. Your answers are electronically graded, and your
score will be revealed on the last screen of the assessment. A benchmark
of 80 percent or better is required before proceeding to the next lesson.
If you do not attain a score of 80 percent or better, you may review
your study guide notes, and the readings, and retake the assessment.
Your final score gives you an indication of how well you have comprehended
the materials and your readiness to teach the materials to others.
Definitions and Acronyms. EDEN has developed a list of useful definitions and acronyms specific to this course. (A comprehensive list with all of the related homeland security, terrorism, and biosecurity terms would be more cumbersome than beneficial.) Please be aware that “common definitions” do not exist for many agroterrorism, biosecurity, and emergency management terms. However, while various agencies and disciplines may apply slightly different meanings to the same term, the broad concepts should be fairly similar.
Answer Key to Study Guide. If you are unable to answer a question on the study guide, feel free to open the answer key for that lesson. The answer key directs you to the reading or readings that best answer each question on the study guide. Each lesson's Study Guide Answer Key may be found on the last page of each lesson.
Related Resources. Beyond the course readings, EDEN has supplemented each lesson with official government documents and research-based information from credible sources. These related resources are intended for your professional reference only. These are not required readings and they are not included on the knowledge assessment.
A Note of Caution: Be Selective With WWW Information We caution you to be selective about your use of print and electronic materials from unknown sources. If you are uncertain about the origin of the materials, (e.g. anonymous pieces or obscure interest groups), EDEN suggests that you avoid quoting from them, or using those materials to teach others. The good news is that you will be able to locate ample research-based information directly from credible sources, such as USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state land-grant institutions.
Lesson References is a complete list of all the references that were used to develop the lesson. Many references are listed with URLs for your professional inquiry needs.
Last Updated: 09/02/2009