Serving Cooperative Extension Professionals
Our flagship program, the Impact Collaborative is the main vehicle through which eXtension serves the Cooperative Extension System. eXtension Foundation also provides a national delivery infrastructure for the system.
The Impact Collaborative empowers leadership teams, middle managers, educators, and agents to make more visible and measurable impacts at the local level. Evaluation results to date indicate that Extension professionals work differently because of their Impact Collaborative experience.
In 2017-2018, Collaboratives are being formed around the topics of Food Systems, Behavioral Health, and Diversity & Inclusion. It is our goal to work with 15-35 professionals at every member institution through the Impact Collaborative.
Basic and Premium Members receive
- Impact Collaborative registration discounts tiered for membership level, and
- the opportunity for selected Collaborative teams to apply for funding for innovation projects and fellowships. Learn more about Extension innovators…
National Delivery Infrastructure
Basic and Premium Members receive
- access to our Zoom webinar room. In the past year, eXtension hosted 120 webinars with our University partners and faculty with 3,460 total attendees. Learn more about the Zoom webinar benefit…
- early, and sometimes exclusive, access to special initiatives such as the Horizon Report, knowledge network, and Journal of Extension Special Issue on Innovation. More on special initiatives…
- the ability to deliver online courses through our Campus (Moodle) learning management platform, which has been enhanced with competency-based tracking, reporting, and the ability to charge for program offerings. There presently are 425 courses available on this site representing the work of 34 member institutions and 407 professionals.
Learn more about our national delivery infrastructure…
- access to Ask an Expert, listing webinars on Learn, and
- standard letters of acknowledgment that can be downloaded and printed for anyone submitting grant proposals to USDA AFRI or other programs.
Special Initiative: Evidence Base for Innovation
The eXtension Foundation is working with several partners on a demonstration project for creating a “knowledge network” for Cooperative Extension that will not require any changes to existing institutional technology infrastructure. The goal is to bring together the collective knowledge of Extension to accelerate adoption of new practices and “shovel-ready” programs. Learn more about the knowledge network and proof of concept expected in late 2017…
One of the resources to be mined in the knowledge network project is articles.extension.org This knowledge base was created by the communities affiliated with the eXtension Foundation and represents a collaborative effort to curate research-based information on 70 different resource areas. To date, 11,880 pages have been published. The site is viewed by more than 125,000 users each week.
Empowering Extension professionals to innovate and inspiring new ways of working are critical to the future of Extension. The Horizon Report 2016-2021: Cooperative Extension Edition was led by the eXtension Foundation and included the input of a national panel of 50 experts. The report and its accompanying web page identify examples to relate these innovative trends and topics to the work done by Extension professionals. Other examples include the upcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Extension on Innovation, which is sponsored by the eXtension Foundation, the Ed Tech Learning Network, and invited posts on the extension.org blog.
How Do I Learn More?
Is my institution a member of the eXtension Foundation?
The list of member institutions is reviewed and updated regularly and as new institutions choose to become members. Membership is renewed annually. If your institution is not listed as a basic or premium member, then they have chosen not to be a member at this time.
To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of the eXtension Foundation or to find out how you can better use your membership benefits, contact Chief Operating Officer Beverly Coberly at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2017. Subject to change.