ERIC Number: ED224885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of a Computer-Based Videotext Information Delivery System for Farmers: The Green Thumb Project.
Warner, Paul D.; Clearfield, Frank
The Green Thumb Project was designed to test the feasibility of operating a computerized system for disseminating weather, market, and other agricultural production and management information on a day-to-day basis; to develop a prototype software support system for the test; and to provide essential project information on conduct of the test to enable the evaluation agencies to evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of the information and its dissemination system. Included among the project activities were the following: a review of systems similar to Green Thumb; administration of a baseline survey to 172 Green Thumb users to collect data concerning their background, farm operation, and orientation toward the use of weather and market information; interviews of extension personnel concerning the usefulness of the Green Thumb system; and maintenance of time logs of extension personnel to verify the time they spent on the Green Thumb system. Analysis of these data indicates that the Green Thumb system is reasonably successful and that the overall design of the system is workable. Recommendations were made concerning improvement of computer design problems, aggregate usage, project administration, and project staffing. (MN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Production, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Delivery Systems, Farm Management, Farmers, Feasibility Studies, Information Dissemination, Material Development, Online Systems, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Reference Services, Surveys, User Satisfaction (Information), Videotex
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: Green Thumb Project; Kentucky