Registration for online winter root zone management course now open

Participants will learn about water quality, plant nutrition and irrigation management in this three-month, self-paced online course. Registration closes Dec. 15, 2019.

Greenhouse plants
Photo by Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension

Registration for the winter 2019-2020 session of the award-winning Root Zone Management 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 Dec. 15, 2019. Students will have from Dec. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020, to complete the course. Sign up now!    

There are currently three online modules of the Floriculture College of Knowledge. Since the Root Zone Management course was released, 113 people took the course from 8 countries, 30 U.S. states and 13 Michigan counties. These participants represented 18.8 million square feet of greenhouse production. The average pre-exam score for students who have taken the course is 64% and the average post-course exam score is 91%, showing significant progress on the topics covered (n=85). Of all of the course participants, 99% reported they made significant progress on the topics discussed and 97% would recommend the course to another individual (n=65).

Course information

This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on root zone management is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media, and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers the latest practical information on root zone management techniques for ornamental crops in a greenhouse. 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 cost to take the course is $129.

The course is instructed on MSU’s Desire-2-Learn Course Platform by Heidi Lindberg, greenhouse and nursery extension educator with MSU Extension. For more information and to watch a teaser video for this course, check out the Root Zone Management page.

Available scholarships and incentives 

For the winter 2019-2020 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 a $75 gift card (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 a $75 gift card.

Register now for the “Root Zone Management” or “Manejo de la Zona Radicular” online course!

Growers should also consider registering for the two other College of Knowledge courses “Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting” and “Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers.” 


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