Faculty Resources

Image of Dr. Steve Baenziger teaching in wheat greenhouse.Do you have an online teaching idea but aren't sure where to start?  Or maybe you know what you want to present and just need help getting there?  Perhaps you're interested in advising master's students online?  Come talk to us!

There are many ways to be involved in online education.  Courses come in a variety of lengths and may be 8-week or 5-week mini-courses, modules, short courses, webinars or a variety of other formats.  Lessons and lectures may be posted on the web as video and/or audio files, screen-capture recorded lectures, or pdfs.  Below are examples of online education in various lengths and styles:
  1. Lecture-capture products through programs like TechSmith Relay;
  2. Journey of a Gene online lessons;
  3. Home Study Courses:  Soil or Irrigation;
  4. NebGuides or Fact Sheets from the Turf Program;
  5. 5-week mini courses:  AGRO 815A Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding; AGRO 815B Germplasm & Genes; and AGRO 815D Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding; or
  6. Self-paced Courses:  Disease Resistance Breeding: Oomycete/Phytophthora in Soybeans Case Study or view the course content in the Plant & Soil Science eLibrary -  http://passel.unl.edu/communities/oomycete (opens in a new window).
Distance Education Program Department Contacts

Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator
Kathy Schindler, distance education administrative associate

Best Practices and Research

Flipping AGRO 366 to address Student Readiness and Success - from Dr. Martha Mamo, 2016-17
Faculty Focus - Articles on online teaching: http://www.facultyfocus.com/topic/articles/online-education/

Applying Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom - based on research from Chickering and Gamson
Instructor Characteristics that Affect Online Student Success

Department of Education Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning (pdf)
Effectiveness of Online and Blended Learning: A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature (pdf)   - Teachers College Record, Columbia University
Teaching at UNL from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
Differences Between Traditional and Distance Learning - MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (pdf)
Teaching Commons - Open Educational Resources from Leading Colleges & Universities

Advising Online Students
Online Instructional Design Contacts

Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
Robert Vavala, instructional designer, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Online Technology Contacts

Diane Nolan, PASSeL coordinator and UNL information technology associate in the Goodding Learning Center
Terry Workman, instructional design technology specialist in Blackboard and Canvas, Office of Online & Distance Education at UNL
Grace Troupe, online instructor for Distance Education Program in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Assessment Contacts

Diane Nolan, PASSeL coordinator, Information Technology Associate, in the Goodding Learning Center
Carol Speth, Educational Assessment Specialist, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Popular Technology Programs for Online Teaching

Training at UNL  (Click on Technology link at left to view free classes on Adobe products, Blackboard, and screen capturing)
Techsmith Relay link: https://unlvideo.techsmithrelay.com/
    YouTube tutorial on Techsmith Relay developed by Leona Barratt at UNL
    Guidelines for Developing Presentations - by Leah Sandall
    Note: An external microphone/headset will provide better quality sound. Please contact Leah or Kathy to borrow a headset.
Adobe Connect (a web conferencing system)
Zoom for extension & CASNR teaching faculty or email Michael Riese, riese@unl.edu, for details or view the tutorial.  This technology provides cloud-based video comunication services offering both cloud meeting and webinar software.
Other emerging technologies, including ECHO 360

Learning Management Systems for Online Teaching

Blackboard
Canvas
Online eXtension
Plant & Soil Sciences eLibrary

Types of Credit

The Department of Agronomy faculty and staff have experience providing three types of credit: academic credit, professional credit and CEUs.