eXtension Now Offering New Webinar Hosting Option

Zoom Webinars for 500 Participants a New Benefit for eXtension Member Institution Professionals

For many years, Iowa State Extension has been hosting Adobe Connect Webinars for Communities of Practice (CoP) and Learning Networks (LN) on behalf of eXtension. As indicated earlier this year, this service will end on July 31st, 2016.

As part of eXtension’s recent acquisition of new tools for use by professionals at eXtension Foundation member institutions, eXtension has secured the use of Zoom Webinars to assist CoPs, LNs, and other users with webinar services. Zoom Webinar benefits include providing a public space that can accommodate up to 500 viewers at a single webinar.

If this change of service affects you or your colleagues, eXtension provides the following assistance to help you transition to best meet your needs. Your CoP/LN may use eXtension’s Zoom Webinars, or:

  • Continue to use Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect for a fee by contacting extensionwcc@iastate.edu for more information and pricing.
  • Use your home institution’s video conferencing or webinar platform.
  • Conduct and host your webinars yourself using tools like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype or GoToWebinar, etc.

If in the past you have recorded eXtension webinars using Iowa State’s Adobe Connect that are currently hosted at Iowa State and posted on eXtension’s Learn or any other web page, the recording will continue to be available for up to one year. eXtension is working with Iowa State and contacting eXtension users with archived recordings to identify recordings that need to be kept and those that can be purged. Recordings that need to be saved can be uploaded to YouTube or other storage of your choice.

If you or your colleagues currently have eXtension webinar time scheduled with Iowa State’s Extension Adobe Connect on or after August 1, 2016, please contact Iowa State (extensionwcc@iastate.edu) to discuss your options for using their system at a fee or canceling your reserved webinar time.

It is up to individual CoPs, LN’s or past eXtension webinar service users to decide which service they prefer for future use: 1) eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system 2) Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect extensionwcc@iastate.edu for a fee; 3) their home institution’s webinar services; or 4) hosting their own webinars using free or for-fee tools.

If you wish to discuss how this change in eXtension webinar service affects you, please feel free to contact Ashley Griffin at ashleygriffin@extension.org. If you wish more information on scheduling a future webinar using eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system, please review the Zoom Webinar Request form or contact Mark Locklear marklocklear@extension.org.