Biosecurity Learning Modules

Welcome to the livestock biosecurity learning series for youth in agriculture, which can be adapted for post-secondary instruction too.

The goal for this six-module series is to instill the importance and habit of biosecurity with young people, so that it will spread to adults and create a new culture of biosecure farms.


  • Each module web page contains a set of tabs with additional information and resources.

  • Use the SCRUB Kit, which complements the learning modules and links STEM education by combining science with fun, hands-on activities.



Module Options

1. Learn on Your Own

The modules are easy to follow, and include many activities that help with remembering the information.

Receive a Certificate of Completion from Wisc-Online/Wisconsin's Technical Colleges

Receive a certificate of completion from Wisconsin Technical Colleges via Wisc-Online, when you complete the modules as a FREE two-course series. Click on the links below to get started:

  1. Biosecurity for Youth Caring for Livestock
  2. Public Speaking for Youth Biosecurity Advocates

2. Learn as Part of a Course

This option is for learners who are assigned one or more modules to complete on their own as a course requirement. Fill out the certificate of completion online after finishing each module. Then print it out to turn in to an instructor as proof of completion.

Example of the certificate of completion for HFHA learning modules.

3. Learn With a Leader

For club and group leaders guiding learners through any of the modules. Award learners with a certificate of achievement that can be filled out online, printed, signed and awarded. The Teaching Resources tab on each module page contains instructional materials.

An example of the HFHA certificate of achievement for instructors to award to students.


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Learning Modules


Module 1: What is Animal Biosecurity

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Module 2: Routes of Infection

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Module 3: Sources of Transmission Risk

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Module 4: Biosecurity Strategies

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Module 5: Public Speaking for Biosecurity Advocates I

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Module 6: Public Speaking for Biosecurity Advocates II

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SCRUB Kit: Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity

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Leader Information for All Modules


Guiding Teaching Philosophy: Discovery Learning

Discovery learning means that learners are presented with questions or tasks to complete to which they probably don’t know the answers. They are given supplemental information to inform their answers and the students make their best guesses.

Learners are not penalized for incorrect answers and are given immediate feedback as they progress through the pages of the modules. This helps learners interact with and think about the content instead of just scanning it.

The modules also introduce scientific terms to learners. They aren't expected to know terms and diseases in advance. Activities have hints and explanations to help students complete them. The goal of the modules is NOT to create veterinarians, but instead to create knowledgeable students and advocates for biosecure agricultural communities.

Technology Requirements

The learning modules require a desktop Mac or PC computer/laptop to view and interact with. They were not designed for smartphones or tablets. Some features will work on smartphones and tablets, but not all.

The modules will not expand to full screen. Use the web browser zoom-in or out options to enlarge or reduce the screen size, and click the F11 keyboard button to remove the browser navigation bar at the top of the screen.

Also, it is highly recommend that a printer be available for printing worksheets and summaries. This is especially true for the final module where students will be creating their own presentations.

Overview of the Series
Grades
3-5
Grades
6 -8
Grades
9-12
Grades
>12

Module 1 - What is Animal Biosecurity?

  • The first module introduces the concept of biosecurity: what it means; why it’s important; how a disease agent, the host, and the environment all contribute to the development of disease; and that we might be able to prevent the spread of diseases by altering one or all of these three factors.
With leader/
teacher
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Module 2 - Biosecurity: Routes of Infection and Means of Transmission

  • The second module explores the various routes of infection and ways diseases can be transmitted between animals and animals, and animals and humans.
With leader/
teacher
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Module 3 - Biosecurity: Finding Sources of Disease Transmission Risk

  • The third module puts the learner in the role of a “Biosecurity Inspector” whose job it is to tour a dairy farm and create a report of the potential sources of disease transmission they find.  While going to different areas on the farm, learners are introduced to the different types of disease transmission sources.
With leader/
teacher
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Module 4 - Biosecurity Strategies

  • The fourth module has the learner as Biosecurity Inspector creating a biosecurity management plan by identifying strategies to decrease the risks of disease transmission previously found on the farm and recommending the most cost effective.
With leader/
teacher
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Module 5 - Public Speaking for Biosecurity Advocates I: Creating a Persuasive Presentation

  • This module follows “Charley” as she creates a presentation, including evaluating her sources, with the learner simultaneously creating their own.
With leader/
teacher
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Module 6 - Public Speaking for Biosecurity Advocates II: Presenting Effectively

  • In this final module learners are coached, along with Charley, in how to use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to deliver a dynamic and persuasive speech.
With leader/
teacher
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