Introduction of Online Virtual Training
UPDATE: The videos have been edited and we are downloading and uploading the videos. We still anticipate a rollout on Wednesday, 8 April 2020. Thank you for your patience!
Primarily because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and secondarily because of the inability of some people to be able to attend a regional live class, we have instituted a Virtual Class that we feel will have most of the benefits of a live class and avoid some of the downsides. We feel comfortable with the quality of online training we are providing, but, to make sure you gained the skills you need, we are offering, additionally, attendance in a live class of your choosing within 18 months for no charge.
1. We have developed a virtual class and will be available the week of 6 April 2020. This will be a video of me delivering the lecture component of our classes, i.e., the first two days, approximately 16 hours. This is the same lecture an attendee would get in a live class! At any time while the thought is still fresh, I encourage you to pause and text message me (for short questions) or email or call me (longer, more complicated questions). I will answer your questions and re-post them, as an anonymous question, so others can benefit from the question and the answer as they would from a live classroom.
2. The field portion will be another video of me as I go through the field protocols. As in the lecture component, this will be the same discussions and demonstrations I give in a live class. Video will zoom in to show up-close objects. I am going to have several field videos of different types of ecosystems and soil types to accomodate as many regions of the country as possible. Again, I will be available for questions and encourage them as they develop.
3. I will have scheduled office hours and additional office hours as requested (as I had during my TA and faculty days). During these office hours, I will set up a network (similar to Skype) so we can chat about where you are and what you need and interact. Participation during these office hours will be strongly encouraged.
4. Once this goes live by next week, I will hold office hours once in the morning and once in the evening, beginning the day the class begins and going for the next 5 - 7 days.
5. I would expect everyone to finish within 10 days.
6. At the end of the class, there will be an exam, but RELAX! The purpose of the exam is for me and you to assess your comprehension of the material. After grading it, I will have a one-on-one private skype or phone call where I will go over the missed answers.
7. I will send the workbook and a package of training aids. Unfortunately, I cannot send soil easily due to shipping and postal regulations.
8. I provide soil color charts for use during live classes. Because I will not be able to do this, each attendee will need one for the virtual class. There are two options. The standard soil color book is the Munsell Soil Color Book available from Forestry Suppliers (https://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/products.php?mi=73221&itemnum=77321), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Munsell-Soil-Book-Color-M50215B/dp/B007E9JERA) and others. There is at least one on-line copy at https://www.southsuburbanairport.com/Environmental/pdf2/Part%204%20-%20References/Reference%2016%20Munsell%20Color%20Charts/MunsellColorChart.pdf but I do not know the copyright legitimacy of this or any other online copy.
The second option, actually my preference, is the Globe Professional Edition available from Forestry Suppliers (https://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/products.php?mi=38902&itemnum=77384). The Globe Professional Edition has many advantages over the Munsell Soil Color Book: plastic pages are more durable than paper pages, better book cover, fits in pocket, et al, but the Globe Professional Edition lacks the Charts for estimating proportions of mottles and coarse fragments which I have attached. (I do not recommend the less-expensive Globe Soil Color Book (non-Professional edition) as it lacks some chips found in the Professional Edition.)
9. You may attend a future live class for no additional cost even after completing the virtual class.
Thank you for your patience,
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Richard Chinn is the author of "The Enemy of My Enemy" a historical fiction account of the Doolittle Raider crew that flew to the USSR after bombing Japan, was interned by the Soviet Union for 14 months before they escaped into Iran. This book espouses several theories of the mission. What was the US militaries role in the landing in the Soviet Union? What was the KGB's role in their escape? This book is under contract with a traditional publisher and is scheduled to be published in 2017.
Richard Chinn is also a Professional Mangrove Trimmer and his company Florida Mangrove Trimming, LLC provides mangrove trimming services and consulting to improve the view of the water for homes with riparian mangrove fringe in an ecological, aesthetic manner.