Reach versus impact: Comparing webinars and online shortcourses for educational outcomes

Kathleen P. Anderson, Kate E. Pulec, Christine D. Skelly, Ashley D. Wright, Elizabeth A. Greene

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Our multistate group of state horse specialists produced and evaluated impacts from six webinars and onlineshort courses (webinar plus additional content) addressing current industry issues: pasture-associatedlaminitis, equine herpesvirus-1, disaster preparedness, sales fraud, rescues/rehoming, and manuremanagement. We identified no differences in perceived knowledge gained from webinars or short courses;however, results suggest that participation in short courses versus live webinars may be more useful formaking positive management decisions. Short course participants also reported greater potential for costsavings as a result of completing the education. On the basis of the study, we offer recommendations fordeveloping effective online Extension education programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • Equine
  • Online
  • Short course
  • Webinar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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