A Web App for Teaching Gardens

This guest blog post was written by Aaron Sotala, an instructional designer for distance education at the University of Florida, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He specializes in web design and multimedia production. This post introduces a web app developed by UF/IFAS CALS to help environmental horticulture students learn about plants growing in two teaching gardens at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The app consists of quick information sheets with photos of many

Learning Soft Skills the Hard Way

This guest blog post comes to us from Susan Hutton at Colorado State University. While completing her undergraduate degree in animal sciences, she realized her true calling was to help people tell their stories through compelling video. Susan was a newcomer to the world of multimedia. After completing several small projects in Extension communications, she was given her first major project. It stretched her camera, directing, and editing skills with tight scripts, multiple cameras, props, costumes, and the responsibility for