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On-The-Job Food Safety Simulations for Improving Behaviors in the Real World

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Presenter(s)
Clint Stevenson (North Carolina State University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 12:45pm
Track: 
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Intermediate
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Oceanic 3
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 2
Abstract

Immersive case studies for improving food safety learning outcomes and behaviors

Extended Abstract

The association between food safety knowledge and behaviors in the real world is weak; therefore, training programs should focus on improving students' behaviors in addition to their knowledge. So, to what extent can case studies actually improve students behaviors in the real-world? This presentation will showcase the design and evaluation of a multi-faceted approach toward case study teaching that intends to improve on-the-job food safety behaviors among students. It will feature a case-based learning design the incorporates gaming, simulations, and immersive environments.

The multi-faceted case study was designed to portray what it is like to work in a dairy foods manufacturing plant. It consisted of several learning objects, including an interactive "plant tour" learning game, three documentary videos, and 360-degree image stills with hotspot assessment activities. Students interacted with the case study through discussion forums, interactive questions, a gamification module, and a semester-long project in which they developed food safety plans for the company's products. A pretest and posttest survey research instrument based on the theory of planned behavior was developed and distributed to the target audience, which was an upper-level college course on food safety.

Students experienced significantly higher gains in knowledge, attitude and intention (p < .05). One hundred percent of student agreed to some extent that the case study aided in their understanding of a food safety concepts. These results suggest integrating case studies that simulate on the job learning activities into food safety training programs may enhance food safety behaviors and could therefore reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness and recall incidents in the food industry.

Lead Presenter

Clint Stevenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. His aspirations for food science originate from his upbringing on a small livestock farm in Idaho. He studied food science at the University of Idaho, Purdue University, and North Carolina State University and has worked internships at Nestle, Kraft, General Mills, and Heinz and full time as a shift production/quality supervisor at a Schreiber Foods cheese plant. Now Clint is making food quality assurance and food safety curriculum available to folks in industry through distance education. He directs a team that innovates and evaluates e-learning solutions for training the food industry on food safety and quality assurance.

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