Registration for online greenhouse and horticultural lighting course now open

Participants will to learn about photoperiodic versus photosynthetic lighting in this three-month, self-paced online course about greenhouse and horticultural lighting. Registration closes June 15, 2018.

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting covers topics on light quality and quantity, and considerations for installing new lighting fixtures. This example from Unit 7 demonstrates installation costs of hanging 400-W HPS lamps at 8 or 5 feet above the crop.

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting covers topics on light quality and quantity, and considerations for installing new lighting fixtures. This example from Unit 7 demonstrates installation costs of hanging 400-W HPS lamps at 8 or 5 feet above the crop.

Registration for the winter session of the award-winning Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Course in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge is now open. The College of Knowledge Online Series was the 2017 National Award Winning Commercial Horticulture Program from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Growers or other interested professionals can participate in the upcoming series of this award-winning program by signing up until June 15, 2018. Students will have from June 1 through August 30, 2018, to complete the English course. Students enrolled in the Spanish course, Iluminación para Hortícola y Invernaderos, will have from July 1 to September 30, 2018. Sign up now!    

There are currently three online modules of the Floriculture College of Knowledge. To date, a total of 200 people have taken this course from 24 countries, including 30 U.S. states and 14 counties of Michigan. These participants represented 40.7 million square feet of greenhouse production. The average pre-exam score for students who have taken the course is 73.3% and the average post-course exam score is 92.5%, showing significant progress on the topics covered (n=105). In the most recent session, which ended February 2018, 72 percent of people intended to make a crop production change as a result of the course. All course participants said they would recommend the course to another individual!

Course information

This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity and duration. 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. The course also provides links to over 36 trade articles published on pertinent lighting topics. The cost to take this course is $129.

The course is taught on MSU‘s Desire-2-Learn Course Platform by Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension greenhouse and nursery extension educator. For more information and to watch a teaser video for this course, check out the Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Course page.

New for summer 2018: Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting will be available in Spanish for the summer 2018 session! Visit the Spanish website, Iluminación para Hortícola y Invernaderos. The content of the Spanish version of this course will be available to students from July 1 to September 30, 2018.

Available scholarships and incentives

For the summer 2018 session, there are three scholarships available for those interested in the course but do not have the financial means to take it. Greenhouse growers interested in the scholarship will be able to apply for it upon registering by writing a short paragraph about why you should be awarded this scholarship and how you plan to use the information in your business or professional endeavors. The applicants and winners will be kept confidential. The cost of the course will be reduced to $39.99 for scholarship winners.

Complete the course and be entered to win one of three $75 gift cards (U.S. residents only).  Once students have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam and the post-course evaluation, they will be eligible to be entered in a raffle for one of three $75 gift cards.

Register now for either the Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting course or  Iluminación para Hortícola y Invernaderos today!

Growers should also consider registering for the two other College of Knowledge courses:

Read about the other courses in the College of Knowledge Series:

You can read about the impacts of this national, award-winning series at “Sign up today for winter greenhouse online courses.”

 

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