Two Reminders of eXtension Opportunities: Dates, Times and Topics

eXtension Quarterly Webinar:

Wednesday July 27 at 2:00 EDT. Join eXtension CEO Chris Geith and staff leaders to learn the latest news on developments and opportunities for Extension Professionals. Topics will include:

  • Summary of the eXtension Member Benefits
  • Five example stories from the Issue Corps
  • iThree Corps 2017
  • eXtension Fellows Update
  • Horizon Report Call for Examples
  • Innovation Teams – update on state-level initiatives
  • Community Opportunities
  • Working Out Loud Opportunities for Premium Members
  • ISPI Opportunities for Premium Members
  • Adobe Connect status
  • Upcoming Webinars

NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021:

Submit your cutting-edge projects. Deadline August 1.  Your project stories are sought for possible publication as examples of current work on the  topics selected for focus in the Cooperative Extension Horizon Report. Topics include:

I. Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Cooperative Extension Programs

Long-Term Trends: Driving technology adoption in cooperative extension programs for five or more years

  • Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation
  • Emergence of New Audiences
  • Shift from Learners as Consumers to Learners as Creators

Mid-Term Trends: Driving technology adoption in cooperative extension programs over the next three to five years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Increasing Focus on Participatory Experiences
  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources

Short-Term Trends: Driving technology adoption in cooperative extension programs over the next one to two years

  • Communities of Learning
  • Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration
  • Increasing Value of the User Experience

II. Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Cooperative Extension Programs

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve

  • Blending Formal and Informal Learning
  • Embracing Change as a Constant
  • Promoting Extension Programs

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Measuring the Impact of New Technologies
  • Staff Turnover and Training
  • Under-resourced Organizational Infrastructure

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Managing Knowledge Obsolescence
  • Scaling Innovations
  • Teaching Complex Thinking

III. Important Developments in Educational Technology for Cooperative Extension

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • Makerspaces
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Social Networks

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • 3D Printing
  • Big Data
  • Drones
  • GIS/Location Intelligence

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Networked Objects
  • Robotics
  • Telepresence
  • Wearable Technology