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Session I, March 25 -- Archived

Archived Recording

The sound quality in the first presentation is a bit muffled, but it gets better. This was our first recording and we got better as the Forum proceeded.


Close-up of Audio Setup WizardWhen you click on the link below, Blackboard Collaborate software will be loaded onto your computer. "Start the Session" and follow the instructions provided. These instructions will guide you to the session. You may be asked to update your Java in the process.

If you have difficulties picking up the sound in the session, click on the Audio Setup Wizard (located just above the speaker box on the top left corner). The wizard looks like a blue microphone with a red circle bursting from it. 

View with Blackboard Collaborate  View the Blackboard Collaborate recording. Select the Blackboard Collaborate Format and click "Start Session." "Open" the nativeplayback.jnlp and "Run" Blackboard Collaborate.


Individual sessions are available via YouTube. Click on the icon next to the title of the presentation and it will automatically upload. These videos will show the slides of the presentation along with the voice of the teacher. With Blackboard Collaborate, you see both the slides and the teacher simultaneously.

person touching healthy soilSoil Issues for Gardeners  Download from YouTube

Dave Franzen, Extension Soil Specialist
Get to know the soil in your yard—then learn how to improve it. We’ll include a discussion of drastic solutions for drastic soils.

Supporting Materials:
NDSU Publications: Evaluating, Preparing and Amending Lawn and Garden Soil; Composting Practices
Speaker Handouts: Soil Issues for Gardeners; PowerPoint slides.


birch barkBarkophiles: Why We Love Bark!  Download from YouTube

Todd West, Woody Plants Improvement Specialist
Trees in North Dakota are leafless for much of the year. Learn which trees have great bark and add beauty to your winter landscape.

Supporting Materials:


potted plantsContainer Gardening  Download from YouTube

Todd Weinmann, Extension Horticulture Agent, Cass County
Container gardens will brighten any landscape. Learn how to select containers, soils, and plant combinations. Tips on watering and fertilizing plants.

Supporting Materials:
NDSU Publications: The Facts of Square Foot Gardening.
Speaker Handout: PowerPoint slides.

The following photos were made available under Creative Commons licenses specified by the photographers, allowing for adaptation, modification or building upon: Touch Healthy Soil by NRCS Soil Health; birch bark by Vilseskogen; Big Container - August by daryl_mitchell.

For assistance, please contact Tom Kalb, Department of Plant Sciences.

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