Current News & Updates

Accessibility Requirements for Learning

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences AgOnline Learning is pleased to announce a new service that will benefit students taking online courses from the college.  The Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer has recently hired an Instructional Design Coordinator for course accessibility.  Dena Fife will be working with our online teaching faculty in the area of course accessibility which adds additional support to what Todd Vens has been doing in course quality.  Both of these areas build upon the Quality Matters initiative currently happening at the university level. Read more about accessibility.


The Brenton Center is pleased to announce a new series of online development grants. The purpose of the Brenton Center grant program is to expand and strengthen College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online Learning offerings and to support faculty in their efforts to ensure student success in Online courses, certificates, and programs that help build nationally and internationally recognized Online learning programs offered by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read more about our grant program.

Growing AgOnline Learning Programs

AgOnline Learning has seen significant growth in online enrollment. Seventy-nine percent of AgOnline students are seeking degrees or certificates from Iowa State University. Thirty-two percent of AgOnline students are not from Iowa. Instructional development is a key role of the Brenton Center and essential to growing our AgOnline Learning program. Development staff are involved from the stages of design, development, evaluation, and revision of courses. Brenton Center staff monitor new technologies and teaching techniques for potential integration with existing instructional technology. Key upgrades in technology has increased the efficiency of course capture and development while improving the quality of the delivered courses and will increase the shelf life of our online offerings.

Iowa Distance Learning Association Innovators Award

Iowa State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences AgOnline Learning received the Iowa Distance Learning Association Innovators award in 2009 for recognition of "contributions to distance learning though outstanding teaching; program design and development; innovations in methods, technique, and technology; and advocacy." The Iowa Distance Learning Association is a non-profit association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning to education and training.