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Online College of Knowledge

 

 

The Michigan State University Floriculture program is now offering a developing series of self-paced on-line courses.  These courses are a repurposing of the original face-to-face College of Knowledge courses that were offered until 2011.  The purpose of these new on-line courses is to provide basic training to the commercial floriculture growers in Michigan and beyond in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  The courses are offered through the national extension website and three are now available.

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Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers

This 4-hour class consists of pre-recorded lectures and video demonstrations and is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts of insect biological control methods. It provides introductory content to those growers new to biological control and also introduces more advanced methods, including banker plants.

The course is instructed on eXtension by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, with Michigan State University Extension. Dr. Raymond Cloyd (Kansas State University Extension) co-authored the content. Participants enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their learning of the topics. Self-assessment quizzes will engage students with the material throughout the course.

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The cost is $129 per person. Click here to register and see below to receive a $20 refund.

Course offerings: This non-credit course is offered twice a year (summer and fall). The fall enrollment period will be open until October 21, 2016. The course will be available from Oct. 14, 2016 through Jan. 13, 2017. The 2017 summer session opens for enrollment on May 1, 2017 and the course material will be available to registrants from June 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Complete the course and receive a $20 refund! Once students have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam, and the post-course evaluation, they will be eligible for a $20 refund. The students must complete all criteria by Jan. 13, 2017 and have emailed the instructor, Heidi Wollaeger (wollaege@anr.msu.edu), by Jan. 13, 2017 to receive the refund. If all conditions are met, the cost of the course is thus reduced to $109.

NEW for Winter 2016-17: There are four scholarships available for those who do not currently have the financial means to take it. There will be three Michigan regional winners (West Michigan, Southwest Michigan, and Eastern Michigan) and one out-of-state winner. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship will be able to apply for it upon registering by writing a short paragraph about why you think you should be awarded this scholarship and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

 

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting

This 3-hour class consists of pre-recorded lectures and video demonstrations that are divided into seven units and includes the importance of light for plant growth; light quality, intensity, and quantity; photoperiodic lighting; and photosynthetic (high-intensity) lighting with both conventional lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  Particpants will learn about the properties of light, how light regulates extension growth and flowering, how to measure the properties of light, and how to apply these concepts to a range of specialty crops including those grown in greenhouses and completely indoors.

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The course is instructed by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension. The course was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge unit developed by Dr. Royal Heins (Professor Emeritus, MSU) and includes a substantial amount of recent research by Dr. Erik Runkle (Professor of Horticulture, MSU). Supplemental content including videos demonstrating concepts are from Dr. Roberto Lopez and Garrett Owen (Associate Professor and Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University, respectively).

The cost is $129 per person.  Click here to register and see below to receive a $20 refund.

Course offerings: This course is offered twice a year (summer and winter). The next enrollment period will begin on November 1 and students will have access to the material from December, 2016 through February, 2017.

Complete the course and receive a $20 refund!  Once students have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam, and the post-course evaluation, they will be eligible for a $20 refund. The students must complete all criteria and have emailed the instructor, Heidi Wollaeger (wollaege@anr.msu.edu), by February 28, 2017 to receive the refund. If all conditions are met, the cost of the course is thus reduced to $109.

NEW for Winter 2016-17: There are four scholarships available for those who do not currently have the financial means to take it. There will be three Michigan regional winners (West Michigan, Southwest Michigan, and Eastern Michigan) and one out-of-state winner. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship will be able to apply for it upon registering by writing a short paragraph about why you think you should be awarded this scholarship and how you plan to use the information you learn in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be $39.99 for scholarship winners.

 

Root Zone Management

The objectives of this course are to provide the latest practical information on managing the root zone of container-grown greenhouse crops.  It covers the topics of irrigation water (including water sources, water quality, water treatment, and irrigation timing and methodology), growing media (including the physical and chemical properties of media, as well as substrate components and amendments) and nutrition (including how to select fertilizers and how to monitor nutrition).  The course consists of many recorded mini-lectures, self-assessment quizzes, and links for further information.  In addition, a certificate of completion can be printed off if the student scores higher than 80% on the final on-line exam.

The course is instructed by Dr. Kristin Getter, former Outreach Specialist of Floriculture Crops and currently Academic Specialist in Horticulture at Michigan State University.  The course was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge class developed by Dr. John Biernbaum (Professor, MSU) and later revised by Dr. Dean Krauskopf (retired Educator, MSU Extension).

The cost is $99 per person.  Click here to make payment and then follow instructions delivered to your E-mail on how to complete the course.

 

 

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  This page was last edited Oct 11, 2016.
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