Many universities and colleges are experiencing an increase in number of urban and other non-traditional students in agriculture (as high as 75% in some agriculture classes at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale). This challenges instructors to the limit in getting the attention of students, motivating and teaching them effectively, and making lasting impressions for more permanent learning. This paper discusses some of the successful methods and materials the author has used to meet these challenges. Much of the information presented here relates to an introductory crop production course.
learning climate, learning environment, crop production course