(145) Integrating Video, Interactive Animations, Images, and Assessment toward an Expandable Instructor Resource for Greenhouse Education

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  • 1 1University of Vermont, Plant and Soil Science, Burlington, VT, 05405-0082
  • | 2 2University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture, Indian River Research and Education Center Fort Pierce, FL, 34945-3138
  • | 3 3University of Florida, IFAS Communication Services, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0145
  • | 4 4Univeristy of Arizona, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Tucson, AZ, 85719
  • | 5 5University of Arizona, Plant Sciences, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0036
  • | 6 6University of Florida, Agricultural Education & Communication, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0540
  • | 7 7The Ohio State University, Horticulture and Crop Science, Columbus, OH, 43210
  • | 8 8University of Vermont, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Burlington, VT, 05405
  • | 9 9University of Vermont, Plant and Soil Science, Burlington, VT, 05405-0082

Using a multidisciplinary approach, we are creating an instrument for utilization in a variety of greenhouse related courses. We now have over 3 hours of edited and titled video segments that were obtained at different locations by the same videographer. The greenhouse businesses in Arizona, Vermont, Ohio, and Florida were chosen due to their unique business strategies, level of computerization, type of greenhouse construction, management philosophies, and climate challenges. Individual video segments are based on nine topics that were covered at each location including computers, structure, plant life cycle, and labor. The videos have been placed on a streaming media server and will be burned to a DVD. An interactive Flash-based greenhouse environment simulator is nearly complete. This instrument allows students to model greenhouse environments based on climate data from each of the four video locations. Additionally, a searchable digital repository has been established that will allow other participants to submit materials for educational use. This open source software (DSpace) has an integrated distribution license which streamlines compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Several hundred high quality images have already been uploaded, described and tagged. Learning assessment tools based on numerical self-evaluation and verification narratives are also being developed in conjunction with the multimedia tools. We have created a database of all the greenhouse courses at 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions and hope to build a community of teachers that will utilize and contribute to the multimedia greenhouse collection. This community has already grown to include two international greenhouse experts who contributed interactive software for educational use.

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