Event Title

Opportunities and Limitations in Teaching Forest Resource Continuing Education : Experiences with Southern Bottomland Hardwood Workshops and Shortcourses (an update)

Location

Peavy/Richardson Halls

Event Website

http://uenr.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

Start Date

15-3-2008 9:00 AM

End Date

15-3-2008 9:30 AM

Description

Adult continuing education plays a critical role in forest resources education. Past undergraduate curricula emphasized depth on technical subjects. Today’s curricula emphasize greater breath on a broader array of subjects at the expense of depth. In reality, we need both breathe of subjects and depth in particular subjects to develop forest resource professionals, but we simply do not have the available credit hours to teach desired breath and depth concurrently. Adult continuing education workshops and short courses help fill voids from undergraduate curricula. Continuing education workshops and short courses, in addition to providing important information to participants, also provide continuing education credits that are necessary to maintain professional registration or certification. The objectives of this paper are to list and discuss opportunities and limitations in teaching adult continuing education workshops and short courses that have a heavy outdoor emphasis. We will review the planning process in developing a workshop or short course, the logistics of indoor lectures and outdoor observations/field exercises, and the end-of-the-course evaluation. We will also relate our experiences through the long-running series of hardwood workshops taught through Mississippi State University and hardwood short courses at other institutions.

Comments

Session #7: Innovations in Outreach Education. Presentation for 7th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, March 13-15, 2008, Corvallis, Oregon. Featured in the ScholarsArchive@OSU in Oregon State University. Suggested Citation: Lockhart, B.R., Ezell, A.W., Hodges, J.D. 2008. Opportunities and limitations in teaching forest resource continuing education : experiences with southern bottomland hardwood workshops and shortcourses (an update). UENR 7th Biennial Conference, ScholarsArchive at Oregon State University. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8235

 
Mar 15th, 9:00 AM Mar 15th, 9:30 AM

Opportunities and Limitations in Teaching Forest Resource Continuing Education : Experiences with Southern Bottomland Hardwood Workshops and Shortcourses (an update)

Peavy/Richardson Halls

Adult continuing education plays a critical role in forest resources education. Past undergraduate curricula emphasized depth on technical subjects. Today’s curricula emphasize greater breath on a broader array of subjects at the expense of depth. In reality, we need both breathe of subjects and depth in particular subjects to develop forest resource professionals, but we simply do not have the available credit hours to teach desired breath and depth concurrently. Adult continuing education workshops and short courses help fill voids from undergraduate curricula. Continuing education workshops and short courses, in addition to providing important information to participants, also provide continuing education credits that are necessary to maintain professional registration or certification. The objectives of this paper are to list and discuss opportunities and limitations in teaching adult continuing education workshops and short courses that have a heavy outdoor emphasis. We will review the planning process in developing a workshop or short course, the logistics of indoor lectures and outdoor observations/field exercises, and the end-of-the-course evaluation. We will also relate our experiences through the long-running series of hardwood workshops taught through Mississippi State University and hardwood short courses at other institutions.

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