Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2014 Tom Weissling


ENTO 403/803, management of horticultural crop pests, is an important class for many students. It is required by undergraduate horticulture majors at UNL, but because it is offered online, it is also of interest to entomology and horticulture graduate students across the U.S. and globally. I chose this class for the peer review process because I find it challenging due to online course delivery, and the breadth of knowledge of students that are enrolled. I feel I need to take this course to a higher level where I can engage students of all backgrounds, and ensure that each of them completes it with the skills needed, and the ability to make informed decisions about the management of horticultural pest insects. As I submit this portfolio, I realize that participation in the peer review process has helped me rethink my approach to setting learning goals and subsequent assessments. I hope that, with time. I will be able to better meet the needs of the many diverse learners that take my classes.