Joshua Day

Belle Plaine, IA
"This program is a great opportunity for you to further your education even if you are working full-time. It allows you to work at your own pace and correspond with other professionals working on their advanced degrees as well."

Agriculture and Life Sciences Online Learning

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News & Updates

November 10th through 14th is National Distance Learning Week. Look here for more information.

Spring 2015 Courses

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State offers several online graduate programs and courses for students to consider. Spring 2015 Courses are posted.  Registration opens on October 22nd!  Contact us at for more information. NOW OFFERED ONLINE - Processed Meats AN S 560X -

Award Winning Faculty

Our online courses are taught by award winning faculty.

Congratulations to our ISU AgOnline Teacher of the Year 2014-2015
Dr. Michael Retallick

Michael Retallick, associate professor in agricultural education and studies, has been recognized as the 2014 Teacher of the Year for Iowa State University AgOnline. He has recently taught AGEDS 110, 116, 312, 520 and 550, and students from these courses were responsible for his nomination for the award.
"I believe that Dr. Retallick's approach to teaching and learning provides much to students enrolled in the AGEDS 550 course, particularly through his consistent use of scholarship-based teaching in developing his graduate students. Utilizing adherence to accepted academic paper preparation practices, he challenges his students to justify their viewpoints, whether they be the "commonly accepted notion" or presenting a new and novel idea into the context of the assignment. Further, he works to ensure that his distance students communicate frequently and professionally with one another, thereby fostering the exchange of ideas and practices for future consideration and use," One student said.
In addition to teaching, Retallick has a strong focus in research regarding experiential learning as it relates to formal education. Retallick has also served as Program Director of Science with Practice since 2005.


Congratulations to Donald Lewis for winning the UPCEA Central Region Excellence in Teaching Award

Donald Lewis, entomology professor, began teaching online classes in 2009. He has been teaching Entomology 201 and 211 and has always received very high feedback from his online students. He taught 39 students in his first year and four years later the class size increased to 96 students. The Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer awarded its second Ag Online Teacher of the Year award to Lewis, who was nominated by students. The award recognized Lewis during National Distance Learning Week.
Students in his online classes say Lewis makes learning about bugs fun. They also shared that he is accessible, positive and knowledgeable about what he teaches. The Brenton Center has enjoyed getting to work with Lewis because he truly cares about the student's experience in his online classes.

Tom Paulsen and Ryan Anderson from AGEDS received awards from the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education in September.  Paulsen was named the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year and Anderson received the Career Guidance Award.

Robert Martin, AGEDS, was selected Outstanding Agricultural Educator by the North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education at the NC-AAAE Research Conference and Symposium.