Multimedia Instrument for Greenhouse Education: Establishing Potential Clientele

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  • 1 Univ. of Vermont, Plant and Soil Science, Burlingtion, VT 05405-0082
  • | 2 The Univ. of Arizona, Dept. of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, Tucson, AZ 85719
  • | 3 Univ. of Florida, Dept. of Agricultural Education & Communication, Gainesville, FL 32611-0540
  • | 4 The Univ. of Arizona, Dept. of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, Tucson, AZ 85719
  • | 5 Ohio State Univ., Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science, Columbus, OH 43210
  • | 6 Univ. of Florida, Dept. of Environmental Horticulture, Fort Pierce, FL 34945-3138
  • | 7 Univ. of Vermont, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Burlington, VT 05405-0082

Currently, in the United States, the greenhouse industry covers more than 15,000 acres and is supported by a diverse number of firms with employee expertise that includes greenhouse manufacturing, engineering, irrigation, horticulture, IPM, sales, marketing, and business management. The growing greenhouse industry continues to be in need of highly trained undergraduates that have mastered an amalgam of scientific and business concepts necessary to be competitive in today's agricultural marketplace. Using a multidisciplinary approach we are creating a multimedia instrument for utilization in a variety of greenhouse related courses. This instrument ultimately will be available on the web for anyone to access. To ensure that our vision matches need, we have reviewed the courses offered throughout the United States at 1862, 1890, and 1994 land grant institutions. Course information collected includes; college, Dept., title, level, description, website (if available) and instructor e-mail (if available). Interestingly, there are at least 84 courses offering some aspect of greenhouse science in the U.S. Most are offered in Colleges of Agriculture or Engineering, but are housed in 17 diverse Dept.s. Examples include Dept.s of Horticulture; Agronomy and Horticulture; Agricultural Biosystems and Engineering; Plant, Soil, and Entomological Science; and Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape & Parks. This information will be utilized to focus the instructional design phase of the multimedia instrument, to contact current course instructors for feedback, and to frame future development of the resource.

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