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2017 Ohio Watershed Academy Course Syllabus

Ohio Watershed Academy 2017

Course Syllabus


Welcome to the 2017 Ohio Watershed Academy course. The Ohio Watershed Academy (OWA) was first offered in 2001 and you will be participating in the 17th class. The purpose of OWA is to build the capacity of current and future watershed group leaders in Ohio to facilitate and participate effectively in collaborative watershed management issues.

This course syllabus is intended to provide OWA participants with an overview of the course structure, including instructional modules and assignments, and expectations and responsibilities of the program leaders and participants.

If you have any questions about the course feel free to contact Joe Bonnell, OWA Program Director at bonnell.8@osu.edu or by phone at 614-292-9383.

Program staff

Joe Bonnell – Program Director (bonnell.8@osu.edu, 614-292-9383)

Anne Baird – Co-Director (baird.41@osu.edu, 614-292-8603)

Mary Slyby – Office Associate (slyby.5@osu.edu, 614-688-3421)


The course begins on Tuesday, August 22 with an orientation webinar from 12-12:30pm. The first assignment will be due Tuesday, August 29. An assignment will be due each Tuesday by noon for the next 15 weeks except for the week of the Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference (Sept. 7-8) and the week of Thanksgiving (Nov.23). Contact the Program Director (bonnell.8@osu.edu) if for any reason you will be missing an assignment deadline.

The complete schedule of assignments will be posted on the course calendar.

Instructional modules and assignments

The primary method of instruction is through online instructional modules. Each module has an assignment. Assignments are completed within one week and submitted for review. There are 10 required modules and three elective modules. Everyone will complete the ten required modules in order during the first 11 weeks of the course. You will have the opportunity to select any three elective modules for your final three assignments.

Most modules include some introductory information and some additional required readings. Required readings are accessible online. Additional links and recommended readings are included for those who would like to delve deeper into a particular topic.

Most assignments involve creating a Word document and responding to a standard set of questions. The document is submitted through the OWA website and reviewed. The instructor marks assignments as “complete” or “incomplete”. If an assignment is marked incomplete, you will need to resubmit with recommended additions or changes in order to get credit for the assignment. You will also receive comments on your assignment intended to provide helpful feedback. Past students have indicated that these instructor comments have been one of the most beneficial aspects of the course, so be sure to read the comments on your assignments. Assignments submitted after the deadline will be reviewed for completeness but may not be returned with comments.

Some assignments involve completing an online quiz – you’ll need to score 70% to complete the assignment but you can take the quiz multiple times until you achieve the required score. Other assignments will involve participating in an online, asynchronous (meaning you can post comments at any time during the week) discussion.

You must complete 13 assignments (or 12 assignments if you attend the Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference) in order to receive your certificate of completion or to receive a satisfactory grade if you are taking the course as an individual study project through OSU.

Instructions for submitting assignments

All assignments are submitted via the Ohio Watershed Academy website. The submission procedure will be reviewed during the orientation webinar. A recording of the orientation webinar will be posted on the course website. You can refer to the recording for a demonstration of the assignment submission process.

Instructor's Note: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you name your assignment documents appropriately. Please name your document as your last name followed by the assignment code. For example, bonnell_EO1.doc 

Also, do not submit your assignments as a pdf. The instructors will need to be able to insert comments directly into your assignment document.

Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference

Participants in the 2017 Ohio Watershed Academy are strongly encouraged to participate in the Ohio Watershed Leaders (OWLs) conference, which will take place on September 7-8 at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (near the town of Peninsula in NE Ohio). Registration for the OWLs conference is $75 and must be paid separately from the OWA registration fee. For more information and to register for the OWLs conference, go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/h5qrlt

Office hours

The OWA Program Directors will be available for one-on-one or group office hours throughout the course. To arrange for an appointment, email Joe Bonnell (bonnell.8@osu.edu) or Anne Baird (baird.43@osu.edu) or send them a message through the OWA course site.