National Distance Learning Week is November 4-8, 2019. The purpose of National Distance Learning Week is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for online distance learning while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
Each year, AgOnline students nominate CALS Online teaching faculty for the AgOnline Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer. Candidates are selected by surveying students for recommendations based on evidence of commitment to online education, outstanding teaching, innovative course design and delivery, rubrics based on student comments, and faculty contributions to online teaching. The award was initiated by the Brenton Center in 2012 and the criteria is based on evidence of commitment to online education, outstanding teaching and mentoring of students, innovative course design and delivery, and contributions to online teaching.
Arti Singh, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Agronomy, has received the 2019 AgOnline Teacher of the Year Award for her dedication, work ethic, and expertise help her as well as the department and college deliver a highly recommended course to students.
Arti received high marks from her students in Agronomy 544: Host-Pest Interactions. The course incorporates the principles of integrated pest management and crop protection while expanding on management systems and strategies which practice principles of weed science, plant pathology, and entomology.
Students remarks who have taken the class include, "“I thought the instructor did an excellent job of staying current on lessons and grading as well as interacting with students by providing efficient feedback in lesson summaries and assignment comments.” “The work load was appropriate for post graduate work for a distance student. It was not overwhelming and it allowed me to learn while also being a father, employee, volunteer, and husband.”