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Hort 351XW Turfgrass Establishment and Management available online

August 20, 2014

There is still time to enroll in the turf course.  I have added the information that the university is sending out to new online students.  Let me know if anyone has any questions.

Hort 351 XW  Turfgrass Establishment and Management is available on line this fall.  It begins next week.  This is a totally web based course and can be taken from anywhere in the world that there is internet connection.

The course will begin on August 25 and continue through the 3rd  week of December.

Check out the details at:

Instructor:  Dr. Nick Christians

Here is the information that the college is sending out to students.

Welcome to Iowa State University Online Learning fall 2014! You are currently enrolled in Establishment and Management, HORT 351,delivered via Blackboard Learn. The course is taught by Nick Christians- or by telephone at: 515-294-0036.

Course dates:  Monday, August 25, 2014 to Friday, December 19, 2014

There is a delivery fee of $175 in addition to the standard (resident) tuition rates.

Book/Course Packet Info:

Mathematics of Turfgrass Maintenance, 4th ed, 2008
ISBN 9780470048450
Nick Christians

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, 4th ed, 2011
ISBN 9780470587317
Nick Christians

You may order your textbook through the Iowa State University Book Store at may also use other online resources to order your textbook. Just make sure to verify you are purchasing the correct edition and ISBN number. If there is a course pack for this class, they will have it available for you at the bookstore for order as well.

Accessing your online course:

You can access your online course via Blackboard Learn – this is the university’s online course management system for communications, assignments, testing and course content. Go to  and use your ISU NetID and password to log-in. If you need to set up your ISU NetID and password, see the “New Student Information” section below.  Be sure you can login to Blackboard Learn prior to the start of your course- please note that your courses may not be available until the start date.  If you have issues logging in to Blackboard Learn or cannot access your course on or after the start date, please contact the Solution Center at 515-294-4000.

Enrollment changes and Billing:

If your plans change and you need to drop this course, IMMEDIATELY do so in one of the following ways:

·         Access Plus (limited access to schedule changes after the first day of class)

·         Email us at  and we’ll assist you with the process

Tuition is calculated from the first day of class onward. Informing your instructor of your wish to drop a course is not a sufficient way to drop the course; drops must be processed through AccessPlus or by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

**In order to receive a full refund, you must drop the class no later than the day BEFORE the class is scheduled to begin.

NOTE:  Failure to attend or login to the course or failure to pay tuition does not constitute a drop.  You can verify your drop on Access Plus or through the Registrar’s Office. For more information on tuition and fees adjustment deadlines please visit

AccessPlus account

Please note: Iowa State University does not mail billing statements or grades to students. Instead, you will be notified via email that your bill is available on AccessPlus. 

New Student Information:

Please read this carefully and follow the instructions to view your ISU ID number, ISU billing statements, grades, and to set up your ISU NET-ID (email).

**If you are a current student, you have already established your accounts and can proceed to login to Blackboard Learn to access your course.

To establish your AccessPlus account:

As a new student at Iowa State University you will receive a letter in the mail from the Office of the Registrar giving you directions on how to set up your ISU AccessPlus account. This letter will include your student ID# and a temporary password you can use to log-in to AccessPlus. You will be asked to reset your password after you have logged in. Once you have reset your password, you can begin using the system to view your schedule, pay your U-bill and to view grades.

*You will also use your student ID# to set up your ISU Net-ID (ISU email account). See directions below.

To establish your ISU Net ID (ISU email account) 

It is important to establish your email account as soon as possible as this is the main form of communication used by ISU for your billing notifications, important updates, course information, and for updates from the online learning student services office.  Additionally, your Net-ID and password for this account is your login to access courses in Blackboard Learn.

ISU policy requires that communication is done via e-mail.

·         Go to: asw.iastate.eduthen click on "Register for a Net ID" and follow the instructions.  If you have any trouble, please refer to the “FAQ” button under AccessPlus or call the HELP line at 515-294-4000. 

Online Student Resources and Support:

We have compiled a list of resources below to help you in your online course experience.

·         Computer Requirements:

·         Student Services: For questions related to registration and other student services related functions contact us at: or 800-747-4478.

·         Technical Support: For questions related to Blackboard Learn, Adobe Connect or other technical questions contact us at:

·         Proctoring Information: Please check your syllabus or with your instructor to verify if you need a proctor for your online course. It is your responsibility to find a proctor to administer and oversee your exams. Good candidates for proctors include human resources personnel, supervisors, librarians, ministers, principals and higher education professionals.

·         Iowa State E-Library

·         Financial Aid

·         TechCyte: ISU online students have access to buy computers and software at discounted rates

·         Disability Resources

·         ISU Veterans Services

To receive online course updates make sure to “like” the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online Learning on Facebook: is not mandatory)

Hope you have a great semester!

Michelle Zander
Student Services/GP IDEA Coordinator

0006 Curtiss
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Online
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011


Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction & Technology Transfer –

CALS AgOnline Distance Education Program –


Hort 351XW Turfgrass Establishment and Management available online

August 6, 2014

Hort 351 XW  Turfgrass Establishment and Management is available on line this fall.  It begins next week.  This is a totally web based course and can be taken from anywhere in the world that there is internet connection.

The course will begin on August 25 and continue through the 3rd  week of December..

Check out the details at:


The two test books are used in the course:



December 3, 2013

Here is some more information on the advanced turf class that will be offered this coming spring.  Let me know if any of you have any questions.

It is available for undergraduate credit and graduate credit for those of you working on an MS degree.



We are pleased that you will be teaching HORT 451–using Blackboard Learn for the spring 2014 semester. Dates that we have listed for your course are: Monday, January 13, 2014 to Friday, May 9, 2014. Course website: Please review and let me know of any corrections that need to be made by Friday, December 6th, 2013.   


The book and course packet information listed on the Course Initiation Form was:

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management & Mathematics of Turfgrass Maintenance

Students may order their textbook through the Iowa State University Book Store at http://www.isubookstore.comOr they may also use other online resources to order their textbook just make sure they understand which edition or ISBN number they should be looking for.

Notes from Brenton Center: If you have online course charges, please contact Amy Pilcher for information about how to report those expenses:

**I am attaching the letter that will be sent out to all students enrolled in your distance education class. Please review the attached letter and get back to me with corrections before Friday, December 6th, 2013 or the letter will be sent out as is.  


Unless specifically directed otherwise please have your students register in the following manner:

New students to Iowa State University have to apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student: is a $40 application fee)

Returning ISU students can register either through Access Plus or by calling the Office of the Registrar at (515) 294-1889 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (CST). 

To drop or withdraw from a course, students must use AccessPlus or contact the AgOnline Coordinator at  Failure to attend a class does not constitute withdrawal and a student will be billed for the full tuition.

Electronic class lists are available to instructors on the web through ACCESSPLUS.

All students are issued an ISU ID number. This number authorizes students to use the ISU e-library facilities, Access Plus, and to establish an ISU NET ID,  Students in classes using Blackboard, need an ISU NET ID to log-on to the system.

Best wishes for a great semester!  If there is anything more that we can do to make your off-campus teaching more rewarding for you and your students, please let me or the other Brenton Center staff know.  Thanks!

Amy Pilcher

Departmental Fiscal Officer

Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction & Technology Transfer

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distance and Online Education

Global Food Security Consortium

0004 Curtiss Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa 50011-1050

Office:  515-294-1862

FAX:  515-294-1924