The following are the four major changes to the course requested along with justification:
1. Change the course to a DE/internet only course, which would also be available for on-campus students. Over the past few years the number of students taking NTR 706 by DE has grown to the point that they account for over 2/3 of the students, and some days only 20% of the on-campus students showed up for the on-campus lecture, preferring the flexibility of watching the lecture later online. Moreover, with the constraint of finding suitable mediasite recording classes, and the added flexibility of scheduling for the instructors and students, it would be best to offer this course only by DE/internet technologies.
2. Change the course from 2 credit hours to 3 credit hours. Currently, the course uses a didactic teaching method; the instructors talk, the students listen, and they are evaluated on how they retain the information delivered by the instructor. If we change the course to a DE only course, this didactic teaching method can be tedious for the students and there is minimal interaction between students and instructors. We propose to include an applications component to this course by having students work on a term project in small coaching groups, which be evaluated by peer-reviewers. The term project could be a review of literature on a topic related to vitamin metabolism, and a preparation of research proposal or vitamin supplement product development proposal, which will be orally delivered as a voice-over powerpoint video. The first 2/3 of the course will focus on the delivery of the instructor video lectures as done in the past with the 2 credit course, and the last 1/3 of the course will focus more on term project preparation, presentation and evaluation. The added term project and peer-group evaluation component of this course justifies the change to a 3 credit course. This same model is used to teach NTR775 Mineral Metabolism.
3. Change instructor of record from Dr. Jack Odle to Peter Ferket, although both will continue as co-instructors for the course. Peter Ferket, agree to manage the “application” part of this course that justifies the change to a 3 credit course, and to manage the Online delivery of the content. Dr. Odle will continue delivering the water-soluble vitamin lectures he has done in the past.
4. Cross list the course as NTR(FM)706. The FM courses are associated with the Feed Milling/Feed Science curriculum managed in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. By cross listing the course as FM, it would allow students working on the Graduate Certificate of Feed Science, and the PSM in Feed Science, Animal Science, or Poultry Science more flexibility in meeting their program requirements.