D-Q University Focuses on Environment

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Environmental science instructor Maria Kelly has launched three new programs on the D-Q University (Davis, Calif.) campus. She taught the first on-line course as a pilot project for the university. The course, Environmental Politics and Policy, was offered only to students attending D-Q’s main campus, to keep an eye on any technical problems that might arise. Each Monday Kelly posted weekly lessons and assignments on the school’s web page, which the students downloaded. Over the length of the course, Kelly communicated with her students using e-mail. For the Fall 1998 semester, D-Q plans to expand its number of on-line courses and offer them via the Internet to those living not only throughout California, but across the country and around the world.

Kelly also pioneered the Greenhouse Project, which involves 15 students from three different classes: Basic Skills Science; Introduction to Environmental Science; and the Ecology class.  The students and their instructors have reclaimed the greenhouse on campus and transformed it into a natural laboratory for growing organic native plants. The project will beautify the campus and help bring back plants native to the area.

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