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Instructional Modules

The Instructional Modules section of our portfolio showcases projects we have completed with faculty, staff and students in the College.  Applications for the modules include courses, training programs and youth development programs of 4-H.  

Modules are in the Flash or Adobe Presenter format, which are easily delivered in the web environment.  Update Flash Player in your browser to view.

    Fate and Transport of Fecal Bacteria

Fate and Transport of Fecal Bacteria in the Environment

Developed by Dr. Brian Benham and Rebecca Zeckoski, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, and Carl Estes and Belinda Carroll, CALS IT

Fate and Transport of Fecal Bacteria in the Environment is a simulation that provides a broad overview of fecal bacteria sources, and the fate and transport processes considered when performing a watershed assessment study. It also includes how Best Management Practices (BMPs) reduce non-point source pollution from fecal bacteria. (Format: Flash, .swf)


    How Grass Grows

How Grass Grows

Developed by Dr. Erik Ervin and Dr. Ozzie Abaye, Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, and Carl Estes and Belinda Carroll, CALS IT

How Grass Grows is an interactive learning module that covers the role of grasses in society, the structures, growth and development of the grass plant, cool- and warm-season growth dynamics and proper timing and effects of management inputs.  (Format: Flash, .swf)


    Light Reactions In Photosynthesis

Light Reactions In Photosynthesis

Developed by Dr. Sunyoung Kim, Former Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Dr. Cynthia Denbow, Instructor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science, and Carl Estes, M.A.Ed., Instructional Technologist, CALS IT. Reviewed by Dr. Glenda Gillaspy, Associate Professor Biochemistry and Belinda Carroll, CALS IT.

Light Reactions in Photosynthesis is an interactive learning module that presents an overview of the photosynthetic light reactions. Topics covered in this module include: components of the two photosystems, a brief description of the oxygen evolving complex and the chemiosmotic mechanism for ATP synthesis. Included is an example of a model bacterial photosystem, which provides a better understanding of the structure and functioning of plant photosystems.  (Format: Flash, .swf)


    Oxygen Evolution in Photosynthesis

Oxygen Evolution in Photosynthesis

Developed by Dr. Sunyoung Kim, Former Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Dr. Cynthia Denbow, Instructor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science, and Carl Estes, M.A.Ed., Instructional Technologist, CALS IT. Reviewed by Dr. Glenda Gillaspy, Associate Professor Biochemistry and Belinda Carroll, CALS IT.

Oxygen Evolution in Photosynthesis is an interactive learning module that illustrates oxygen release from the splitting of two water molecules resulting from multiple flashes of light as detailed in the Kok cycle or S-state model which explains the mechanism of oxygen evolution.  (Format: Flash, .swf)


    Plant Tissue Nutrition

Plant Tissue Nutrition

Developed by Dr. Greg Welbaum, Department of Horticulture and Carl Estes, CALS IT

Plant Tissue Nutrition is an interactive learning module that covers four key areas related to plant tissue nutrition: mineral deficiencies, mineral toxicity, photosynthesis and the nitrogen cycle.  (Format: Flash, .swf)

    Best Uses Of Graphics

Best Uses of Graphics, Audio and Video

Developed by Carl Estes, M.A.Ed. Instructional Technologist, reviewed by Belinda Carroll, Educational Technology Manager; Information Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Overview of how to optimize graphics, audio and video files for efficient web delivery, with a focus on file size and bandwidth.  (Adobe Presenter, 22:18)
 


    Copyright Issues For Distance Educators

Copyright Issues for Distance Educators

Developed by Carl Estes, M.A.Ed. Instructional Technologist, reviewed by Belinda Carroll, Educational Technology Manager; Information Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Overview of relevant copyright issues to consider when developing content for distance and online courses and training programs. (Adobe Presenter, 17:18)
 


    Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Developed by Dr. Tim Mack, Former Associate Dean for Information Technology and Distance Education; Information Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Tips for creating effective PowerPoint presentations for web delivery. (Adobe Presenter, 15:50)
 


    Planning and Designing an Effective Research Poster

Planning and Designing an Effective Research Poster

Developed by Carl Estes, M.A.Ed., Instructional Technologist Agriculture, Information Technology; reviewed by several college faculty and staff; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Topics include planning and audience considerations, elements of a good poster, design considerations, software, printing services, and suggested web resources. (Adobe Presenter, 17:10)
 


    Tips For Recording Audio

Tips for Recording Audio

Developed by Dr. Tim Mack, Former Associate Dean for Information Technology and Distance Education; Information Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Tips for recording good audio for online course and training programs development. (Adobe Presenter, 14:49)
    Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle on the Virtual Farm

Developed by Mark L. Walberg, Associate Professor, Animal and Poultry Sciences; Joe Hunnings, Extension Specialist, 4-H Leadership and Citizenship; Carl Estes, Instructional Technologist, CALS IT; Belinda Carroll, Educational Technology Manager, CALS IT.

Basic concepts of the nitrogen cycle and their applications in farm management.  Includes an exercise to calculate nitrogen inputs and outputs on a farm. (Format: Flash, .swf)
 


    Planes In Flight

Planes In Flight: Conducting an Experiment

Developed by Dr. Kathleen Jamison, Extension Specialist, 4-H Curriculum and Learning; Joe Hunnings, Extension Specialist, 4-H Leadership and Citizenship; Carl Estes, Instructional Technologist, CALS IT; Belinda Carroll, Educational Technology Manager, CALS IT.

Interactive module that teaches about the experimental method by exploring concepts such as developing a hypothesis, independent, dependent variables, experimental constants, and conducting repeated trials. (Format: Flash, .swf)
 


    Snack Attack

Snack Attack

Developed by Elena Serrano, Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise; Dr. Kathleen Jamison, Extension Specialist, 4-H Curriculum and Learning; Carl Estes, Instructional Technologist, CALS IT; Belinda Carroll, Educational Technology Manager, CALS IT.

Interactive module on food nutrition.  Includes a quiz and game to help youth learn about making healthy snack choices. (Format: Flash, .swf)
 


    Virtual Farm

4-H Virtual Farm

Collection of webpages and Flash modules that provides a comprehensive learning experience for youth to learn basic agricultural concepts, and which incorporates the Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools.  Development team.  (Format: website and Flash, .swf)
 


    Virtual Forest

4-H Virtual Forest

Collection of webpages and Flash modules that provides youth with an interactive Web-based learning experience to learn introductory concepts of forest management. Learning modules complement 4-H experiential techniques and are consistent with the Standards of Learning for Virginia public schools. Seven interactive learning modules cover these topics:  Photosynthesis, Sprawl, The Tree Detective, Old-Field Succession, Let's Cruise, Timberrr!, and Trees: The Renewable Resource. Development team.  (Format: website and Flash, .swf)