Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Heather Karsten, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Plant Science, The Pennsylvania State University
116 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Bldg. University Park, PA 16802
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Course Modules (4)
Module 7: Soils and a Systems Approach to Soil Quality part of Future of Food
This module introduces what is meant by soil quality or soil health, indicators of soil quality, and the multiple cropping system approaches that can enhance soil quality for agricultural production. In the first ...
Module 8: Pests and Integrated Pest Management part of Future of Food
This module introduces three types of agricultural pests (insects, weeds, and pathogens), integrated pest management, and some of the transgenic crop technologies developed to reduce crop pests.
Module 6: Crops part of Future of Food
This module introduces students to key features of crop plants. The first part explores how climate and soil influence human selection of annual and perennial plants and how plant life cycles contribute to soil ...
Section 3: Systems Approaches to Managing our Food part of Future of Food
Authors of this section are Heather Karsten, Pennsylvania State University, and Gigi Richard, Colorado Mesa University Summary and Overview In this section: Module 7: Soils and a Systems Approach to Soil Quality ...
Heather Karsten: Using "The Future of Food" in 2016 part of Future of Food
This is a new introductory course on agriculture and food systems, the challenges and some potential strategies for sustainability. I co-taught the course with Steven Vanek and I was the instructor for three modules. This was my first experience teaching a "flipped class". Students were responsible for reading online, taking a weekly quiz online and submitting a formative assignment online before the class meeting. This format allowed us to review their quizzes and assessments and discuss material students had difficulty with, introduce themes of the second part of the module and the summative assessment, and for students to apply their understanding towards analyzing and interpreting data in a summative assignment.