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:
- Lecture-capture products through programs like VidGrid;
- Journey of a Gene online lessons;
- Home Study Courses: Soil or Irrigation;
- NebGuides or Fact Sheets from the Turf Program;
- 5-week mini courses: AGRO 815A Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding; AGRO 815B Germplasm & Genes; and AGRO 815D Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding; or
- 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
Best Practices and Research
Agronomy and Horticulture Online Guides, Summer 2019:
- Issue I: How is online education different than face-to-face?
- Issue II: Advanced teaching technique: Two-stage exam in class or online
- Issue III: Proctoring exams in an online course
Flipping AGRO 366 to address Student Readiness and Success - from Dr. Martha Mamo, 2016-17
Teaching at UNL from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
- Applying Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom - based on research from Chickering and Gamson
- Instructor Characteristics that Affect Online Student Success
Effectiveness of Online and Blended Learning: A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature (pdf) - Teachers College Record, Columbia University
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
Online Technology Contacts
Diane Nolan, PASSeL coordinator and UNL information technology associate in the Goodding Learning Center
Terry Workman, instructional design technology specialist for Canvas, Office of Online & Distance Education at UNL
Grace Troupe, online instructor for Distance Education Program in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
McKinzie Sutter, distance education specialist/instructional designer, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
Popular Technology Programs for Online Teaching
Training at UNL (Click on Technology link at left to view free classes)
Technology support programs including VidGrid, a video capture service for UNL
Guidelines for Developing Presentations - by Leah Sandall
Note: An external microphone/headset will provide better quality sound. Please contact Leah to borrow a headset.
Zoom Video Conferencing; for details view the tutorial.
Learning Management Systems for Online Teaching
Types of Credit
The Department of Agronomy faculty and staff have experience providing three types of credit: academic credit, professional credit and CEUs.
- Academic Credit
- Non-academic or professional credit for Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate
- Continuing Education Credit (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors