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Going Beyond Zoom – Tips and Tricks for Teaching Horticulture Online

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During the 2021 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference, the Teaching Methods Professional Interest Group hosted the workshop “Going Beyond Zoom: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Horticulture Online.” This workshop provided a forum for the dissemination of tools, materials, and approaches used to facilitate active learning in horticulture courses. The topics presented in the workshop are valuable resources for current and future horticulture instructors. Learn more about the tools below on the ASHS HortTechnology electronic journal website at:

Two different student submissions of interactive tools (A and B) created with Genially (Genially Web SL, Córdoba, Spain). The red circles are examples of interactive elements that appear when the computer cursor hovers over the text or the arrow pin is clicked. Interactive tools were used as study aids in an online plant propagation course. (Photo credit Chad T. Miller)

Screen capture of a Laboratory Collabs discussion prompt on the learning management system. Laboratory Collabs were used to promote student reflection and interaction in the discussion forum of an online course. (Photo credit Laura Irish)

Screen capture of the learning management system during a lecture video where the instructor is opening the supply box students purchase for the hands-on activities. Supply boxes were used to engage students in hands-on activities in an online floral design course. (Photo credit Neil O. Anderson)

Plant growing kit containing a strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) plant, plastic pot, soilless substrate, and controlled-release fertilizer mailed to students. Plant growing kits were used to engage students in hands-on activities in fully online courses. (Photo credit Mariana Neves da Silva)

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