ERIC Number: EJ1146332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science: A Nine-State Online Collaboration to Improve the Turfgrass Short Course
Koch, Paul L.; Soldat, Douglas J.; Horgan, Brian P.; Bauer, Samuel J.; Patton, Aaron J.
Journal of Extension, v55 n3 Article 3IAW4 Jun 2017
Increasing costs and decreasing numbers of university Extension faculty have made it difficult to provide quality turfgrass short course education. In response, faculty from nine institutions collaborated to develop the Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science. This 12-week online course provides students with unique learning experiences through a combination of assigned readings, quizzes, lectures, and live instructor discussion. Student attendance increased and costs decreased relative to traditional in-person short courses. Additionally, student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. These results demonstrate that online courses such as this can provide an effective and flexible source of knowledge that meets the busy schedules of students and instructors.
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Programs, College Science, Program Development, Educational Cooperation, Lecture Method, Minicourses
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Wisconsin; Texas; Michigan; Ohio; Illinois; Indiana; Nebraska; New York
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