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Issue No. 23, Article 2/October 5, 2007

Off-Campus Courses Offered for the Spring 2008 Semester

The Off-Campus Graduate Studies (OCGS) program in the Department of Crop Sciences offers courses every semester for students who wish to pursue an M.S. degree or a professional development certificate (three approved courses) as well as for anyone simply interested in the subject matter. Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) may register for courses for a reduced noncredit rate if they are merely seeking CEUs.

To meet growing demand and to reduce travel and expenses for students and instructors alike, we have begun to offer our courses primarily online using Elluminate Live!, a real-time, Internet-based delivery environment. Faculty in the Department of Crop Sciences teach the courses during the evening with PowerPoint slides, real-time audio, and interactive discussions. Three courses (two full-semester courses and one "short course") are being taught in this fashion during the current semester--CPSC 440, Applied Statistical Methods I (Dr. Germán Bollero, instructor) and HORT 466, Growth and Development of Horticulture Crops (Dr. Don Briskin, instructor). The two-credit-hour short course, CPSC 499, Plant Breeding and Chromosomes (Dr. Lane Rayburn, instructor), will begin on October 18 and be taught on eight nights through December 13. Responses from students about the online courses have been very positive thus far.

During the spring 2008 semester, we will offer three courses:

  • CPSC 484, Plant Physiology (Dr. Don Briskin, instructor)
  • NRES 488, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (Dr. Howard Brown, instructor)
  • NRES 474, Soil and Water Conservation (Dr. Kenneth Olson, instructor)

We hope that one or more of these courses appeals to your educational needs. We are in the process of developing other online courses for the fall 2008 and spring 2009 semesters, so stay tuned for developments.

For more information about courses, CCA credit, certificate or degree offerings, and requirements for the OCGS program in Crop Sciences, please visit the OCGS Web site. You also can contact Penny Cole, assistant to the OCGS coordinator (217-244-6746, pccole@uiuc.edu), or Heather Miller, outreach program director (217-265-6568, hmiller1@uiuc.edu). For details about course registration and more information about other College of ACES off-campus programming, please visit the Office of Continuing Education Web site (www.continuinged.uiuc.edu) or contact Heather Miller.--Kevin Steffey, Coordinator, OCGS Program in Crop Sciences

Kevin Steffey

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