Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Tim Atkinson

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Teresa Starrett

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Pattie Sunderhaus


The COVID-19 pandemic forced educators with Extension to shift in-person delivery of community health education programs to virtual delivery. One such program, a diabetes cooking class, was developed for in-person programming and included hands-on activities like recipe demonstrations as an important resource for increasing participants’ behavioral skills. The diabetes cooking class also provided opportunities for participants’ social support. The problem in this study is that it is not known if the tools and resources from the in-person diabetes cooking class curriculum are impactful when used in virtual delivery. This study was developed to assess educators’ implementation of the diabetes cooking class in a virtual setting and collect their recommendations for impactful tools and resources. The mixed methods study was designed to conduct a formative evaluation of the diabetes cooking class curriculum while assessing implementation of the virtual program and ability to support social cognitive theory approaches. Findings from the seven research questions were reported using the RE-AIM framework. Results of this study revealed that educators do plan to continue some use of virtual program delivery going forward, thus warranting the need for modifications to the teaching resources in the curriculum. Overall, curriculum components were rated higher for impact on learning than they were for engaging participants. Engaging audience members was also most frequently reported as the biggest challenge in virtual classes. The study gathered educators’ feedback on tools and resources that could be created to foster participant engagement in virtual program delivery.

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