The production process involved identification of objectives and student and faculty user outcomes.

The intended audiences of the National Forage and Grasslands Curriculum are undergraduate college students and college instructors of Forage and Grasslands courses. A minimal knowledge of forage production and management was assumed for student users. Faculty were expected to have masters or doctoral level training in forage and livestock systems. 

Project Objectives:

  1. To develop a standardized curriculum content that covers the essential components of forage and grassland management through the participation of national experts.
  2. To place that content within an appropriate instructional design and supplement with graphic arts and communication tools.
  3. To integrate the NFGC within the broader scope of the Forage Information System.

The student user:

  1. Will access materials that reinforce and illustrate key concepts presented in lectures and laboratories.
  2. Will access materials that allow them to review or test their knowledge level in a particular topic.

The faculty user:

  1. Will access materials that help them teach a forage class using a variety of teaching methods.
  2. Will access materials that suggest teaching methods and class and laboratory activities.
  3. Will utilize images, sample quiz/exam questions, links to other WWW forage-related sites, and reference lists.

Overview of project content:
The curriculum encompasses a semester length course in Forage Production & Management. It consists of 23 major topic areas. Each topic has both instructor and student materials sections.

How materials can be used:
The National Forage and Grasslands Curriculum can serve as a comprehensive information source for forage-related classes or as supplementary teaching materials for student and faculty in the area of Forage Production & Management.