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This course outlines the fundamentals of doing research in applied educational settings. It is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level. It places the student experience at the center of the teaching/learning endeavors by engaging learners in a range of robust and challenging discussions and exercises. This course will aid those of you who have to conduct research as part of your postgraduate studies but do not perhaps have solid introduction to research methods, or for those of you who feel you would like additional support for self-improvement. No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course and as such, the course is for everyone.

VTE 802: Curriculum Development in Vocational and Technical Education

This course, Curriculum Development for Vocational Technical Education and Training, will help current and future teachers find, understand, and critique the curriculum in our vocational and technical institutions through analysis of current and historical events and theoretical dialogues. It will offer students the opportunity to explore the curriculum writing process and critically examine current issues in curricula and curriculum theory. Students will examine the personal, political, professional, and corporate interests involved in curriculum development, as well as the complex relationship between curriculum and teaching.


This course addresses principles of produce packaging including packaging functions and requirements, types of packaging materials, modified atmosphere packaging, shelf life and safety among other relevant topics. The course is offered through a blended experience (face-to-face and online) involving theory, demonstrations and hands-on experiences along.

At the completion of the course participants will:

Understand packaging functions and requirements to select packaging materials and/or packaging systems for several agricultural produce categories.

Be familiar with the gamut of packaging materials including environmentally friendly packaging systems.

Gain knowledge on various technologies used in food packaging to extend the shelf life of farm produce.