eXtension News Roundup – January 2017

The monthly news roundup highlights the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Corps, gives updates on two fellowship projects, and previews some exciting professional development opportunities.

Seger and Hill To Be Featured in JCEP Panel

Reminder! “Purposeful Leadership: Preparing for the Edge” is the subject of a virtual town hall webinar that will be broadcast from the national Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) leadership conference. Innovation and emerging issues in Extension were identified by JCEP as a critical national conversation.

Panelists include the co-leaders of the Educational Technology Learning Network (EdTechLN), Jamie Seger and Paul Hill on “What defines ‘Innovation’ in Extension?” and “Innovation in Action.” William Hoffman, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Chief of Staff will discuss “How NIFA Invests in Innovation.” Dr. Nick Place, Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida will discuss “Building University-Community Engagement In Today’s World.”  The webinar will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 1:00-2:15 EST. Register for the webinar…

Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps Launched

The Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps is up and running with the first professional development event, a conversation about evaluation led by Scott Cummings of Texas A&M. The teams will further refine their project plans on February 14-15, 2017, at a Designathon held in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event features an exercise in concept mapping led by design expert Paul Pangaro and is supported by one-on-one mentoring by 22 Key Informants. Browse the Issue Corps projects by Institution…

Do Not Miss This Exciting Event on Data Visualization

In a follow-up to the well-received “Conversation About Evaluation,” eXtension is producing a webinar on “Data Visualization.” The presentation is targeted especially toward members of the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps but is open and useful to anyone in Cooperative Extension that wants to learn more about effective and attractive ways to present data. March 2, 2017, at 3:00 pm EST. Learn more and register for the webinar…

Piestrak Completes eXtension Fellowship

Nearly 100 people attended a January 19 webinar on “Land Grant Informatics: eXtension Fellowship Final Report” by Jeff Piestrak, Cornell University. Jeff recently completed a year-long fellowship with eXtension and the Cornell Mann Library in which he focused on how Extension Professionals can more effectively and collectively link and leverage digital resources and expertise in support of their research, learning and outreach activities, and Land Grant mission. Jeff also wrote a series of blog posts on “Solving for Pattern.” Check out the webinar recording…

Call for Innovation Projects Receives Large Response

The 2017 call for innovation projects resulted in over 90 pre-submissions with just over 30 of those being invited to submit full proposals. The eXtension Innovation Lab plans to announce the projects selected for funding in late February 2017. The purpose of the Lab is to help Cooperative Extension professionals make visible and measurable impacts by discovering, incubating, assessing, and accelerating the adoption of innovation. Innovation grants are a benefit open to professionals at eXtension Premium Member Institutions. The 2017 call focused on trends and topics identified in the Horizon Report: Cooperative Extension Edition.

eXtension LearnDo Not Miss These Great Webinars

Several eXtension communities and Extension professionals around the country have developed a tremendous offering of webinars for February. Here is small selection:

Webinar recordings and related resources are posted on the link for that webinar in Learn, often within 24 hours after the webinar ends.

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