Instructor Training for Online Floral Curriculum

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Online Floral Design Curriculum

 

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The Benz Online Floral Curriculum was developed to provide a comprehensive method to teach basic floral design.  It is easily customized for high school horticulture/agriculture departments, community education courses, master gardener courses or as company training modules.  Students learn floral design theory and concepts via an online learning management system.  The curriculum is based on the elements and principles of design, emphasizing the inter-relationships of these concepts and the art of floral design.   The textbook used is Flower: Creative Design (see link in the right column)

Instructors will have access to an “instructor only” database that provides Roseshow-to videos showing the steps of making the designs, 360° virtual reality designs (designs that can be rotated and seen from all angles), PowerPoint summary presentations, project order lists (and possible substitutions), student homework/in-class assignments and quiz question examples.

Access to the Benz Online Floral Curriculum is based on a site license fee structure.  For more details of the fee structure and procedures, click:

Benz Online Floral Curriculum Policies, Procedures, & Pricing

Site License Request Form

 Link to Online Curriculum (must be registered to access)

For more information and samples of the Benz Online High School Curriculum, please contact the Benz School at (979) 845-1699 or benzschool@ag.tamu.edu.

Instructor Training Classes

Basic Training – June 13-17, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

The five day on-campus (40 hour) instructor training classes provide:

    • detailed instruction for making each required floral design
    • detailed instruction for using the online learning management system (currently Moodle)
    • detailed instruction for creating student e-portfolios

Highlights of the online curriculum:

    • basic floral design skills tailored for high schools, community education, master gardeners or individual companies
    •  instructor training (optional) beginning in June 2014
    • contains many of the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) for the Principles and Elements of Design course which is meets Texas high school requirements for a fine arts course
    • instructors will receive access to an enhanced curriculum resource database (PowerPoints, how-to videos,  VR 360° designs, project lists, homework suggestions, etc.)
    •  student certificate of completion issued upon verification of online course success
    • Award of Excellence certification issued upon successful completions of written final exam and design skills assessment (e-portfolio)
    • scholarships for other Benz classes available

LOCATION and FEES
Classes are held in the floral design studio at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (Horticulture/Forest Science Building, Room 108). The tuition is $475.00 which includes all class materials, supplies, and printed hand-out materials.   A DEPOSIT OF $175.00 is required at the time of your registration.  Refunds due to cancellation must be requested by May 30, 2016 (ten business days prior to the first day of class).

PARKING
Parking is available in TAMU Lot 74.  Parking permits may be purchased at time of registration for $50.00 (contingent upon transportation services rates), and are valid for the entire duration of the week-long class.

Students are encouraged to bring their own set of basic tools that would include a floral knife, stem cutters/snips, wire cutters and ribbon scissors.

Registration via Phone or E-mail
To register for this course, please contact AgriLife Conference Services at (979) 845-2604 or agriliferegister@tamu.edu.

Online Registration Instructions – click the following link to register for this course online.  Use the ‘organization’ search parameter pull down and choose “Benz School,” then the course you wish to register for.
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/BenzSchool

Lodging
There are many motels/hotels in the Bryan/College Station area from which to choose.  Please click the following link for a list from the B/CS Visitors Bureau:
Lodging List from B/CS Visitor Bureau

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact Taylor Paine at (979)845-1699 or t-paine@tamu.edu.

 

Advanced Training – None scheduled at this time.
The advanced training class is designed to enhance the teaching skills of current Benz Online Curriculum users and/or experienced Moodle users.  Emphasis will be placed on learning advanced features of Moodle and using the resources of the curriculum to effectively teach students floral design.

Topics include:
-Using forums and chats
-Developing “badges”
-Adding images to assignments, forums and surveys
-Automatic grading options
-Creating grade export files
-Additonal design projects to demonstrate elements and principles of design

LOCATION and FEES
Classes are held in the floral design studio at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (Horticulture/Forest Science Building, Room 108). The tuition is $375.00 which includes all class materials, supplies, and printed hand-out materials.   A DEPOSIT OF $175.00 is required at the time of your registration.  Refunds due to cancellation must be requested ten business days prior to the first day of class.

Registration
The Advanced Training class is not currently being offered in 2016. For additional information, please contact Taylor Paine at (979)845-1699 or t-paine@tamu.edu.