Online course Mushrooms (SPOC)

Various questions are asked along the mushroom cultivation path towards optimising operational management and profitability. What shape will my building plans be taking in the coming years? Which crop protection agents can I use? How can I organise my harvesting activities best? What do I do about certification? 

What can you expect

The e-learning course consists of 8 modules. Each module consist of short lectures, live chats with the course teacher, a platform to chat with fellow course members, knowledge tests and assignments. You have to pass a level before you can start with the next level. During the course you are able to put in your actually cultivation process by photos, graphs and figures. Together with the course teacher the cultivation will be analyzed for future improvements. The course content is primarily related to practical applications and more complex theoretical content is only added when absolutely necessary. At the end of the course you will have a clear view how to grow mushrooms, which processes are important for good results in yield and quality. You are able to determine, measuring and improving your cultivation outcomes and performance indicators.

Course content per module:

1. Introduction 
• Working in an online course/environment
• Introduce yourself and your company
• Your background about the cultivation of edible mushrooms
2. Cultivation schedule (2 modules)
• Overview
• Different growing systems/Cultivation systems
• Different phases in mushroom growing
3. Raw materials/resources (2 modules)
• Composting, raw materials & phase 1,2 & 3
• Spawn carriers and spawn strains
• Casing soil
• Supplements
4. Cultivation (2 modules)
• Cultivation steps & handling
• Climate and technical requirements
• Harvesting and product handling  
• Hygiene and crop protection
5. Management 
• Strategy and monitoring performance indicators
• Human Resource management & Certification
• Sustainability & Innovations in mushroom industry
• Markets & chains, Consumer behavior & trends