Professional Development - Spring Online Courses

Professional Development - Spring Online Courses

The Biology of Soil

Dates: March 8 to May 10, 2021

Description:

This is a two-credit online course for teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth and adult audiences about soils, science, and agriculture. The course requires a minimum of 30 hours online, plus an additional 60 hours of reading, writing, experimentation, or research/discovery. Through a solutions-oriented approach, course participants will be introduced to the issues of soil health, soil degradation, and soil biomes. The course will look at how organisms in soils including plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, protis, and bacteria interact. The course will look at how nutrients cycle and at what practices land owners can implement to promote soil biomes and improve soil health. Participants will understand the environmental implications of soil degradation, the economic implications, and the social implications with the goal of understanding how we can sustainably move forward. All class work can be done on participants' home computers or with local field work. Some experimentation activities will require minimal consumable supplies but can be completed safely at participants' home with minimal equipment. There will be extensive online discussion with other educators throughout the course.

At the end of the course, participants will receive 13 full lessons including quizzes, worksheets, and PowerPoint presentations, that they can use with their students. By the end of the course, participants will be able to discuss and teach others about soil biology, soil health, and agriculture's role in conservation.

Register to participate: Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grand View University, or Morningside College for $260. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $70. Registration can be done online by creating an account in the  Professional Learning Registration System. Once an account is created (which could take up to 24 hours), login and search for the course number 190299. Then follow the links to register for the course.

Farming Then & Now

Dates: March 8 to April 5, 2021

Description:

This online course explores how agriculture has changed over time. Through videos, reading, and a live panel discussion with farmers, teachers will learn how technology has been applied to improve agricultural practices and produce food, fiber, and fuel. Participants will learn about farm buildings, tractors, and equipment that were cutting-edge farm technology in the early and mid-1900’s and engage in discussion about technology of today and tomorrow.

This professional development course will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the Iowa Core social studies and science standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach core standards, participants will create lessons that are relevant to the grade and subjects they teach. Participants will leave the course with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom.

This is a one-credit course that requires a minimum of 15 hours online, plus an additional 30 hours of reading, research/discovery, and lesson development. It includes a two-hour live Zoom session, with two schedule options.

Register to participate: Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grand View University, or Morningside College for $130. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. Registration can be done online by creating an account in the  Professional Learning Registration System. Once an account is created (which could take up to 24 hours), login and search for the course number 190523. Then follow the links to register for the course.