eXtension Month in Review – June 2016

June, 2016

ProjectsFor Extension professionals–including eXtension staff–summer is the peak season for implementing projects while creating new ideas for future planning and development. At eXtension, June was filled with projects coming to fruition and new opportunities developing for the months ahead.

New Moodle Analytics Offers Views of Learner and Course Performance

Intelliboard Screen - thumbnail eXtension has acquired and implemented a new service for its Premium Institution Members that provides detailed course and learner analytics for any courses delivered through Moodle. Provided by Intelliboard, a company specializing in online learning analytics, the new service gives course teachers and others multiple views of course effectiveness. Learn more about this new offering…

eXtension Offers New Fellowship Opportunities for 2016-17

eXtensionIn June, eXtension Foundation, with funding from USDA-NIFA, put out a call for applications for four new fellowships that focus on advancing innovation in the Cooperative Extension Service. Three of these fellows will be selected for eXtension’s seventh annual fellowship program. The new fourth opportunity is offered in partnership with the secretariat of GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition). Learn more here…

In June, eXtension also created a partnership with the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) to create four new opportunities for NAEPDSDP professionals to serve as eXtension Fellows in 2017. Learn more about the NAEPSDP/eXtension Fellowships here…

June also marked the advancement of a special project conducted by a new eXtension Fellow, Jeff Piestrak, who is funded through a cooperative partnership agreement between eXtension and Cornell University. His Fellowship focuses on examining the digital “network revolution” to identify how Cooperative Extension might more effectively and collectively link and leverage digital resources and expertise in support of its research, learning and outreach mission. Follow Jeff’s work here…

Horizon Report Seeks Extension Stories Related to Trend Topics

Cooperative ExtensionThe eXtension Foundation, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Innovation Task Force and The New Media Consortium (NMC) have partnered to develop the “NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021,” a report projecting trends that will potentially impact Extension’s future. In June, the 56 panelists working on the report selected the topics they are examining. They are now seeking submissions of projects, policies and leadership initiatives from Extension professionals system-wide that currently demonstrate these topics in action. Find the topics and Call for Submissions here…

Mental Health Awareness Webinar Draws 264 Live Attendees, 260 Video Viewers

mental healthMore and more, Cooperative Extension professionals are coming into contact with people with mental health problems. This new webinar offered in June on how to provide help was well received and praised for its Extension-specific focus and resources. Find it on YouTube here…

Two Short Webinars to Advance Citizen Science Skills

eXtension LearnIncreasingly, news stories are highlighting how communities nationwide are employing Citizen Science to research and design potential solutions to local problems. Katie Stofer, eXtension Foundation 2016 Fellow, presented a two-part seminar on Citizen Science in June. The first part, an Introduction to Citizen Science and Cooperative Extension reviews the basics including who in Cooperative Extension is involved and why. The second part, Citizen Science Tools and Resources for Extension Professionals covers how to find existing projects to join as well as the tools and support for Extension professionals’ own work. Find these webinars and related learning opportunities on Citizen Science here…

eXtension’s Recent Video Highlight

YouTubeTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Junior Master Gardener Program (produced by eXtension)

 eXtension CEO Christine Geith’s “Fly on the Wall” Talks: Mark Sarver on his new book in development on innovation