Announcing Expansion of Innovation Teams for Premium Member Institutions

Over the last several years, the eXtension Foundation has worked with several state Cooperative Extension Services, helping them develop Innovation Teams to advance new initiatives, particularly initiatives that involve scaling up and applying uses of new technologies.

The success and study of these Innovation Teams, together with the development of new capabilities within eXtension, has prepared eXtension to now offer Premium Member Institutions of eXtension Foundation an opportunity to form Innovation Teams, with consulting support and services from eXtension, to accelerate their institutions’ adoption of innovations.

Examples of successfully achieved innovation goals include:

  • Oregon State Extension — statewide deployment of Ask an Expert, now advancing to system-wide use of Twitter
  • Ohio State Extension — development of an Education Technology team devoted to helping OSU Extension faculty integrate technology and practice as well as statewide adoption of Ask an Expert
  • University of Delaware — deployment of social media system-wide for Delaware Extension professionals to share success stories with followers and attract new audiences

From studying these and other successes, eXtension has developed an Innovation Team methodology to guide Member Institutions in choosing what innovation(s) to focus on; setting goals; building a team; and planning and integrating tasks into plans of work for implementation success. Regularly scheduled webinars and other special custom-education activities are offered by eXtension to each institution’s leaders, team and team members to advance their institution in achieving its goals with measurable impact.

For more information, visit our Innovations Teams page, or contact Terry Meisenbach at tmeisenbach@extension.org or Jerry Thomas at jthomas@extension.org.

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