Ohio State ATI

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Wooster, Ohio

Professional Development Course Offerings

Professional Development Courses

We have available several professional development courses in plant genetics, plant breeding and utilizing perennial grasses for biofuels. These would be of interest for anyone working in the plant breeding industry, agronomy, seed sales, ag business, bioenergy or wishing to change careers into those fields.  Some courses may be taken at your own pace, while others run for defined amount of time.  All courses are led by university faculty and are offered through the Plant Breeding Training Network and CenUSA Bioenergy
 
Registration for online professional development courses is through the OSU RegOnline system, which will allow you to register and pay for a course with a credit card.  Once you have registered, you will receive an auto email with your receipt and further instructions for attending the course. 
 
Upcoming Courses
 
*Introduction to Perennial Grasses for Biofuels (Self-Paced): Registration is not open yet but check back in early fall for enrollment. This is a self-paced course covering a variety of topics related to perennial grasses intended for use as biofuel.  Topics covered in the course will include an introduction to perennial grasses as a feedstock, perennial grass growth and development, establishment of perennial grass stands, stand management, and biochar as a coproduct. Learners will discover these topics in a self-paced, self-directed manner through the use of videos, extension articles, lessons, and quizzes. The course will not have a specific timeline or formal instructor.
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Ongoing Courses

*Introduction to Perennial Grasses for Biofuels (Self-Paced):  Registration is now closed but check back in early fall for additional course offerings. The goal of this course is to help you understand how and why perennial grasses are an ideal option as a feedstock for biofuels. The course begins with and introduction to the CenUSA program and their research into creating sustainable biofuel systems. Additional topics include an introduction to perennial grasses, growth, development and establishment of grasses, grass stand management, and a useful co-product known as biochar.  CenUSA Bioenergy is a collaborative, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsored research and education project investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels and bioproducts system. While the course is self-paced, participants will have access to a course coordinator via e-mail for assistance. Completion will result in an Introduction to Perennial Grasses for Biofuels Badge. Target audience: Individuals interested in bioenergy, perennial grasses, and/or biofuels. Registration is free.

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*Collaborative Course on Computational Methods (Self-Paced) - Registration is now closed but check back in early fall for additional course offerings.  This is a self-paced course. Our goal is to help you understand how to use some aspects of R, as applicable through data collected from a plant breeding experiment in the TCAP project (a wheat and barley breeding project funded by the US Dept of Agriculture).  We developed the course to be beneficial for people working in the disciplines of plant breeding and/or computer programming.  Dr. Ashu Guru is a professor in computer science and Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert is a professor in plant breeding and genetics education.  We have created the content assuming you know nothing about R.  Successful completion of the course will result in an R Course Badge. Target audience: plant breeding students or plant breeding professionals. Registration fee $240.

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*Quantitative Genetics (Self-Paced) - Registration is now closed but check back in early fall for additional course offerings. This is a self-paced course.  Quantitative Genetics presents basic elements of quantitative genetics emphasizing implications to plant breeding, as well as providing practical experience in linkage and QTL mapping.   The course is designed for you to complete it at your own pace.  There are 9 different units, each on a different topic.  Within each unit you will find video clips of recorded presentations followed by a short quiz.    At the end you will also be given an opportunity to work with a data set. Time commitment will be approximately 25 hours. While the course is self-paced, participants will have access to a professor via e-mail for assistance. Completion will result in a Q genetics Badge.  Target audience: plant breeding students or plant breeding professionals. Registration fee $180.

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*Theory and Application of Association Analysis (Self-Paced):  Registration is now closed but check back in early fall for additional course offerings. This is a self-paced course.  Theory and Application of Association Analysis is a unique course offered through the Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN) by experts in the field: Jeffrey Endelman, Jean-Luc Jannink, Clay Sneller and Mark Sorrells. Theory and Application of Association Analysis will be a hybrid course covering aspects of association analysis, including genomic selection.  The course will consists of both online lectures and hands on data analysis.  Time commitment will be approximately 25 hours. While the course is self-paced, participants will have access to a professor via e-mail for assistance. Completion will result in an Association Analysis Badge. Target audience: plant breeding students or plant breeding professionals.  Registration fee $180.

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