GreenKeeper University

In-depth online training from turfgrass experts

GreenKeeper University

About

GreenKeeper University is an online educational program that offers courses in the field of turfgrass science. It is an educational option intended for people who want a more in-depth training than is traditionally offered by short courses or other non-degree options, but do not have the resources or need to achieve a university degree in turfgrass science. Unlike one hour conference sessions or brief webinars, GreenKeeper University courses dive deeper into the information over the course of three to nine weeks. The professors will have time to explain advanced topics and students will be able to interact with other learners and the instructors.

We created this program for turfgrass professionals who may have a job and/or a family and are unable to make the sacrifice that a university degree demands. We also considered those who may already have a degree, but want to increase their knowledge or switch careers. We hope GreenKeeper University allows people to begin or advance their careers. We do not intend for GreenKeeper University to compete with or replace the many outstanding options for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at accredited universities.

Earn a GKU Certificate

A GreenKeeper University Certificate is earned after 20 credits are completed.

Learn at your Own Pace

Take as many or as few courses as you like. No time limit exists for certificate completion.

Invest in Yourself

Increase your knowlege and advance your career.

2020-2021 GreenKeeper University Courses

Programming Plant Growth Regulators

Dr. Bill Kreuser

This course is packed with information and dives deep into turfgrass PGRs. It covers the growth response from different PGRs, "ideal" re-application intervals, modeling PGR response across different application rates and cool- and warm-season species, PGR mixtures, over-regulation risk, collar decline, and the impact of PGR programs on turfgrass performance. Students will create PGR programs for their facility which will be reviewed by Bill Kreuser.

1 Credit Hour

November 30-December 18, 2020

Understanding and Using Soil Testing

Dr. Doug Soldat

This course focus on measuring and managing soil chemical properties. Topics covered include soil pH, cation exchange capacity, soil sampling techniques, and different soil test extraction and quantification methods. Dr. Soldat will then cover different ways to interpret soil test results including SLAN, BCSR, and MLSN.

1 Credit Hour

November 30-December 18, 2020

The ABC’s of Putting Green Management

Dr. Thomas A. Nikolai

This three-week course weaves through the history of golf and maintenance practices that have led to our modern day maintenance practices. It is filled with easy to interpret turfgrass research that supports, or leads to questioning numerous cultural and mechanical practices and their impact on turfgrass agronomics. Topics covered include but are not limited to mowing, irrigation, fertilization, topdressing and rolling and proven method that can lead to economic savings with increased customer satisfaction.

1 Credit Hour

November 30-December 18, 2020

Weed Identification and Control

TBA

Thi course will provide a fundamental understanding of weed ecology, an extensive overview of all major cool- and warm-season weeds, and integrated pest management strategies for their control. Chemical management with a heavy emphasis on pesticide resistance and rotation will be covered in-depth and the latest findings from university led research will be covered.

3 Credit Hours

January 11-March 12, 2021

Insect Identification and Control

Dr. Ben McGraw

This course is taught by Dr. Ben McGraw. The class is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basics of entomology, an extensive overview of the major cool- and warm-season turfgrass insect pests, and integrated pest management strategies for their control. A major emphasis of this class will be on identification and behavior of key turfgrass pests. Chemical management will be covered in-depth and the latest findings from university led research will be covered.

3 Credit Hours

January 11-March 12, 2021

Integrated Pest Management

Dr. Jim Kerns

Dr. Kerns leads this course which focuses on turfgrass integrated pest management, the diagnostic process in turfgrass systems, resistance management, disease epidemiology, principles of disease management and cultural control strategies.

2 Credit Hours

January 11-February 19, 2021

Diseases of Cool-Season Turfgrasses

Dr. Paul Koch

Dr. Paul Koch teaches this course which provides a comprehensive introduction to the primary diseases of cool-season turfgrass. Students will learn how to identify diseases, receive the most up-to-date research related to integrated disease control strategies, and work to develop comprehensive disease control programs specific to their location.

2 Credit Hours

January 11-February 19, 2021

Precision Turfgrass Management

Dr. Bill Kreuser

Precision turfgrass management uses observations, data, and models to improve management efficiency in turfgrass systems. This course will cover turfgrass growth potential, various turf and pest models, manipulation of growth with nitrogen and PGR programs, clipping volume, crop sensors, mapping date and construction of prescription maps for precision applications with variable rate sprayer systems.

2 Credit Hours

January 11-February 19, 2021

Causes and Management of Turfgrass Stress

Dr. Bill Kreuser

Turfgrass plants need to adapt to changing weather conditions or they parish. This course will cover different forms of abiotic stress, how they impact plant health, and provide management strategies to over-come stress. Different topics include heat, cold, too little or too much light, drought, ice encasement, desiccation, and traffic damage. Multiple stresses, plant health, and plant health promoting products will also be discussed.

2 Credit Hours

January 11-February 19, 2021

Turfgrass Soil Management

Dr. Doug Soldat

Sound soil management is the building block of a healthy system. Dr. Doug Soldat leads this course focusing on the basics of soil science, management of soil physical properties including organic matter, different types of cultivation techniques, and the construction and management of different root zone systems.

1 Credit Hour

January 11-January 29, 2021

Responsible Pesticide Use

Dr. Paul Koch

Dr. Paul Koch leads this important course on responsible pesticide use in turfgrass systems. Topics will include pesticide toxicity, use BMPs, measuring pesticide risk, organic and pesticide alternatives. The course also focuses on disease models to time fungicide applications. Students will finish the course with awareness of IPM goals and ways to document progress achieving those goals.

2 Credit Hours

January 31-March 12, 2021

Diseases of Warm-Season Turfgrasses

Dr. Jim Kerns

Dr. Jim Kerns leads this course which provides a comprehensive introduction to the primary diseases of warm-season turfgrass. Students will learn how to identify diseases, receive the most up-to-date research related to integrated disease control strategies, and work to develop comprehensive disease control programs specific to their location.

2 Credit Hours

January 31-March 12, 2021

Understanding Weather and Forecasting Tools

Dr. Bill Kreuser

The ever-changing weather is constantly impacting turfgrass managers. This course will cover the fundimental proceses driving weather at global and local scales, weather vs. climate and climate change, accessing and interpreting different sources of weather data, and use of high-resolution weather models to plan turfgrass management practices.

2 Credit Hours

January 31-March 12, 2021

Turfgrass Fertilization

Dr. Doug Soldat

This course will cover various aspects of turfgrass fertilization including a thorough examination of nitrogen fertilizer, other secondary and micronutriens, cost-benefit of different fertilizer sources, nutrient demand & clipping volume, and the impact of fertilizer in the environment. At the end of the course, students will build a nutrient management plan for thier facility.

1 Credit Hour

January 31-February 19, 2021

Turfgrass Irrigation

Dr. Doug Soldat

Dr. Doug Soldat will discuss turfgrass irrigation strategies, technologies to measure water status and water more efficiently, the factors driving evapotranspiration and teach students how to create a water budget.

1 Credit Hour

January 31-February 19, 2021

Turfgrass Drainage

Dr. Doug Soldat

It's been said that common sense and drainage are needed to grow turf. And, if short on the former, than add more of the latter. This course covers various aspects of turfgrass drainage including slope, soils, layers, root zone construction, drainage technologies and cultivation techniques to improve drainage.

1 Credit Hour

February 22-March 12, 2021

GreenKeeper University Pricing

$185 per credit hour

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is GreenKeeper University affiliated with a university?

No. While GreenKeeper University courses are taught by top turfgrass specialists with many years of experience teaching accredited university courses, the courses are not affiliated with an accredited university. Despite this, the courses are designed to be rigorous and useful to advancing the careers of turfgrass professionals.

The GreenKeeper University registration form asks about my experience. Is past turfgrass training or experience necessary?

No, however, we prefer that GreenKeeper University students have turfgrass experience prior to enrolling so they are aware of the basics and understand the common language of turfgrass science. GreenKeeper University is designed for students that want to go beyond the introductory material. If you do not have turfgrass experience or have not taken an introductory course, we suggest you take the Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science before enrolling in GreenKeeper University.

How do I earn a GreenKeeper University Certificate?

You earn a certificate by completing 20 credit hours with a passing grade.

How long do I have to complete my certificate?

No time limit exists for certificate completion. Take as many or as few courses as you like. However, you must complete course work for each class by November 30th of the year it is offered.

Do I need to take all of the courses?

No. Take as many or as few as you like. You will receive a completion certificate for each course you complete, and a GreenKeeper University Certificate after 20 credit hours are completed.

Do you assign grades?

GreenKeeper University students will not receive traditional grades (A, B, C, etc.), but each student’s performance will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Do I have to stay on track every week?

No, but staying up to date with course work is strongly encouraged. In our experience with other online course, students who fall behind rarely complete the course. Students have until November 30th to complete the work to earn credit. Student access to the courses will be closed on December 1st of the calendar year in which they were offered, any incomplete work will be converted to zero points.

Can I fail a course?

Yes. While these courses are not designed to be unnecessarily taxing, every class has weekly tasks that must be completed to demonstrate competence in the subject material. Course instructors will communicate the expectations for passing at the beginning of each course. If those expectations are met (i.e. 70% of of total course points are earned), then the student will pass the course. Students not passing the course can take the course again to achieve a passing grade that will count towards the certificate.

How much time will each course take?

The amount of time a student puts into the course will vary depending on the student’s abilities and commitment level. However, GreenKeeper University courses are designed to take a typical student about three to four hours per week.

What computer requirements do I need?

You need a laptop or desktop computer and a high-speed internet connection. Tablets and smart phones won’t work as replacements for a laptop or desktop in GreenKeeper University courses. The courses are run through a courses management software package called Moodle. Moodle is used by many colleges and universities worldwide. The Moodle site containing all the course content can be found at University.GreenKeeperApp.com. Zoom is used for hosting syncronous meetings and discussions. The software can be downloaded and a free account can be created at ZOOM.

I registered and paid my invoice, now what?

You will receive an email from your instructor several weeks before the start of the courese with information on how to login in and get started. All of the courses can be access at University.GreenKeeperApp.com
There is also a GreenKeeper University Orientation Course on the Moodle to help students succeed.

Is tuition refundable?

Tuition is non-refundable. In the cirumstance GreenKeeper University cancels your course due to low enrollment, students will recieve a credit for a future GreenKeeper course.

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