Teagasc to continue blending learning next year
John Mulhern, principal of Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, says all programmes are running according to schedule and completion dates are still on target
20 May 2021 | 0
Over the last four months, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture has had to ramp up its online capability. Its staff and students have responded hugely to this challenge and all programmes are running according to schedule and completion dates are still on target.
“Currently we are conducting outdoor practical and assessment sessions with our students until the first week in June and we are also scheduling exams throughout May on our certificate and degree programmes,” said John Mulhern, principal of the College of Amenity Horticulture, located in the National Botanic Gardens.
“Our Certificate students have returned form an eight-week industry placement in March and April while our Advanced Certificate students and second year degree students have started their placement this semester also. Students are delighted to be out working in practical horticulture after what has been a very tough five months for all.
Mulhern added that interest in courses for the coming year is strong: “There is strong interest in our courses for the coming year with applications up on previous years. Level 5 certificate applications will close on 28 May this year and we will start to make offers of places shortly thereafter.”
Teagasc students have been participating in a blended learning programme, which combines online education with in-person teaching. Blended learning is expected to continue next year, he said: “We are still cognisant of the threat that the pandemic poses. To that end we are asking all potential students in the college next year to have a suitable device in the form of either a laptop/tablet with a camera and broadband accessibility to enable blended learning to take place.”
This month’s Try Horticulture virtual event will focus on providing up to date details on all our horticultural programs that we offer in the National Botanic Gardens. The event will be hosted Mulhern who will be joined by current students to discuss all aspects of the student experience in the college. College staff will be on hand to describe the course options in more detail and talk about how the course will be run in 2021.