E-learning courses

These self-guided digital resources allow students to work independently. Pre- and posttests can be used to check knowledge gains.

e-learning
e-learning

Egg-laying environments

Chickens are raised in many environments. Complete this course to learn about each different type and the advantages and tradeoffs of each.

e-learning
e-learning

A turkey’s best life

Did you know that Ohio ranks #9 in turkey production? This course describes the life cycle of turkeys and the methods used in turkey farming across Ohio.

e-learning
e-learning

Breeding the best flock

Selective breeding (also known as artificial selection) is a breeding technique that farmers have used for centuries to grow more food and larger livestock or to produce higher quality products. Students will learn about selective breeding in chickens and turkeys and the ways farmers have been able to meet the changing demands of consumers.

e-learning
e-learning

Insect life cycles

What are pests? A pest is any unwanted organism. Many times these pests are insects that can cause damage to plants or crops. Students will learn about two soybean pests and their life cycles.

e-learning
e-learning

Soil health and sustainability

How do we protect the soil that grows a majority of our food? Students will learn about soil as an ecosystem and how farmers are utilizing technology to steward this precious resource.

e-learning
e-learning

Plant breeding techniques including CRISPR

How have we developed the crops we eat today? What did these plants look like in the wild? Students will learn about the various techniques and technologies that plant breeders have used to create the plants we harvest to feed people and livestock.

e-learning
e-learning

Animal nutrition

How do domesticated and zoo animals gain the nutrients they need? This course describes the nutrients necessary for good health in animals: livestock, zoo animals and pets. The goal is to create or produce the most efficient feed in terms of cost and nutrients to benefit the animals and the farmer.

e-learning
e-learning

Structure and function of eggs (Elementary)

How can a shell protect a developing chick in an egg? This course describes the structure of a chicken’s egg and how it functions to protect the chick until it hatches.

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e-learning

Life cycle of chickens (Elementary)

How long does it take a chicken egg to hatch? What is happening within the egg? This course describes the stages of chick development from embryo to hatchling.

e-learning
e-learning

Making bioenergy from biomass

How do we convert biomass into energy? All forms of energy come from the sun. Biomass is plant material that contains that same stored chemical energy. We currently rely heavily on fossil fuels, formed from living things that died and were converted into coal, natural gas or oil over millions of years. Bio-renewable energy comes from renewable sources and provides alternatives to fossil fuels. This course describes various methods that are being used to convert agricultural biomass into usable energy.

e-learning
e-learning

What do you know about GMOs?

Did you know that most fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle are not genetically modified? Take this course to find out which crops are and which three governmental agencies are responsible for regulating the industry. Definitions of various types of genetic modification are also included.

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e-learning

Water quality

What factors are used to judge water quality? What human activities might lead to cultural eutrophication and harmful algal blooms? Students will learn about the process and effects of cultural eutrophication and describe ways to reduce risk.