434 Using Distance Technology: Inter-institutional Development and Delivery of a Course in Plant Nutrition

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506
  • | 2 Department of Horticulture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583
  • | 3 Department of Agronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583

As universities are required to “right-size,” faculty resources of time and expertise are strained as the institution must cater to undergraduate students while providing a complete graduate curriculum. Thus, many institutions are offering more team taught courses. For a new upper-level undergraduate and lower-level graduate course offering in Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management, the team consists of faculty from two institutions who each bring different expertise into the classroom. The course utilized weekly chat room discussions to bring students into contact with experts from around the United States and the world. Two-way compressed video was used to allow for synchronous lecture delivery and discussion across sites. A Web site was created to facilitate student interaction and provide chat room access. Multiple student evaluations were conducted to separate learning objectives with the effectiveness of using technology. A flow-chart will be presented which details the steps and problems/accomplishments encountered in successfully delivering this course via distance technologies, including: funding procurement, determining technological compatibility across institutions, delineation of course content, Web page development, and course evaluations.

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