Registration for summer greenhouse and horticultural lighting course now open

Students have the opportunity to learn about photoperiodic versus photosynthetic lighting in this three-month, self-paced online course about greenhouse and horticultural lighting. Registration closes May 31, 2017.

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 summer session of the award-winning Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Course in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge is now open. Growers or other interested participants can sign up until May 31, 2017, and students will have from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2017, to complete the course. Sign up now!    

 There are currently three online modules of the Floriculture College of Knowledge. A total of 140 people have taken the Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting course from 20 countries, including 28 U.S. states and 14 counties of Michigan. In the most recent session, which ended January 2017, 100 percent of course participants said they would recommend the course to another individual. As a result of the course, 73 percent of people intended to make a crop production change.

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 36 trade articles published on pertinent lighting topics. Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting is available through eXtension Campus for $129.

For more information, Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting flier. To watch the teaser for the course and to see what other online courses MSU Extension offers, visit the MSU Floriculture website.

Available scholarships and incentives

For the summer 2017 session, there are four 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 the Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting online course!

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

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