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Course Development Opportunity

Call for Course Developer to Redevelop Online Horticulture Courses

University of Guelph, Open Learning and Educational Support

Location of work: from home, anywhere in Canada

Project Overview

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) is recruiting course developers who can support the redevelopment of several courses in the Horticulturist, Creating Landscapes, and Growing Plants for Profit certificate programs. We are seeking candidates with combined expertise in their respective field and a demonstrated commitment to teaching, learning, and student success.

The OpenEd horticultural studies program consists of 39 courses which are part of seven certificate programs and two diploma programs. All courses are delivered completely online and cover a variety of subjects including horticulture, nursery production, greenhouse management, landscape design, golf course maintenance, and urban agriculture. Our courses are designed for industry professionals, as well as, home gardeners.

Description of Courses

We are seeking Course Developers for the following courses:

  • Business Management Principles
  • Introduction to Soils and Plant Growth
  • Growing Plants
  • Weed Management in Horticulture
  • Landscape Design II
  • Arboriculture
  • Ornamental Plant Protection
  • Arboriculture
  • Plant Propagation
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Nursery Production
  • Commercial Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Computer Assisted Drafting


We are looking for candidates who can help improve the overall quality of the course(s) by working the Distance Education development team to;

  • Design and develop an online course as subject matter expert (SME) representing the focused area of content associated with a specific course;
  • Update existing content and develop any new content with rich and relevant real-life examples and practise case studies;
  • Work with the assigned Distance Learning Program Specialist to develop new learning activities, and assessments;
  • Gather new visual aids and record original multi-media to enhance student learning.


  • Demonstrated expertise in the subject matter i.e. a combination of academic credentials (e.g. MSc, or BSc in Plant Sciences) and industry related experience;
  • Experience in online instruction or diploma/degree in adult education with skills in curriculum development is a definite asset.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Passionate about learning and teaching;
  • Flexible, resourceful, creative, and self-motivated;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Capacity to deliver within given deadlines;
  • Familiarity with, and ability to, access academic and community resources;
  • Competent with Microsoft Office suite including use of shared files;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the assigned Distance Learning Program Specialist;
  • Detail oriented, ability to edit and revise work as necessary.

Program Information

Visit the OpenEd horticultural studies website ( ) to learn more about the program. Visit the OpenEd website ( ) to learn more about Continuing Education programs at the University of Guelph.

Job Location

Course development work can be completed remotely as long as you are available to attend meetings during normal business hours.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and up-to-date resume outlining your experience and qualifications. In your cover letter please indicate which course you would like to develop. Please submit your application as one file in word or PDF format to the Manager Program Development Rebecca Hodges:
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We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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FoodWork ID: 41062       Date posted to Jun 21 2017