Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension

Welcome to the first Extension Horizon Report! The report focuses on trends, issues, and developments over the next five years (the near “horizon”). A team of 50 extension professionals dedicated time as a panel to review materials and create this resource. It is our hope that the report:

  1. Serves as a guide for policy, training, and funding decision making
  2. Creates awareness around key trends, issues, and developments
  3. Increases future thinking in the Cooperative Extension System

If you have questions or comments about the report please direct them to Dr. Jerry Thomas,  at jthomas@extension.org

NMC Horizon Report > 2016-2021 Cooperative Extension Edition

The inaugural Horizon report for the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021 features nine key trends, nine significant challenges, and twelve important developments in education technology. Read about the projects, policies, and leadership initiatives that reflect these topics in action.

NMC Horizon Report > 2016-2021 Cooperative Extension Edition

Jamie Seger, one of the leaders of the EdTech Learning Network, developed a two-page summary of the key points in the Horizon Report. Cooperative Extension Horizon Report Summary

Recorded Webinars

To highlight extension programming work already being done in some of these innovative areas, a variety of learning events were held to share current work, as well as to open up the conversation around how cooperative extension can use the technologies featured in the report. These recordings can be viewed at your convenience.

Resources

In addition to the interactive learning opportunities, check out this curated list of resources that cover a number of the important developments in education technology from the report.

Submit additional resources…

Do you know of additional people, programs, publications, and resources that should be included as resources useful to other extension professionals interested in each of the topics on this page? Let us know! Complete this form to share.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less (2016-2017)

Makerspaces

People, Programs and Activities

Community The eXtension Makers Community in people.extension.org.

eXtension Fellow. Paul Hill, Utah State University, Created the http://www.extedtechs.org/makers/ website

  • As part of Paul’s eXtension fellowship, he curated a list of people in extension and allied agencies working in the Maker Movement and describes their programs.

Innovation Grant. Mark Light, Ohio State University

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, getting started in creating a makerspace and including makers in extension programming.

Gaps

  • There are currently no courses on campus.extension.org related to makerspaces or the Maker Movement
  • There are few posts on extension.org and content on articles.extension.org on this topic

Mobile Learning

How are extension professionals impacting their local communities through mobile learning?

  • Learning resources designed and optimized for mobile delivery provide credible, discoverable information at the time, and in the place, it is needed. Extension resources must be relevant for an increasingly digital and mobile audience
  • Mobile devices also increase the potential availability of extension professionals to clientele even when outside of the office or office hours, changing the way they work

People, Programs, and Activities

Community. The Ed Tech Learning Network (EdTechLN) hosts webinars, TweetUps, a blog and promotes professional development of extension professionals in technology. Point of contact: Molly Immendorf mollyimmendorf@extension.org.

Innovation Grants

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development and programming related to mobile learning.

Gaps

  • No courses on campus.extension.org were found that focused on mobile learning as it pertains to professional development in extension. Courses for clientele that introduce or include mobile apps and resources were found.

Online Learning

How are extension professionals impacting their local communities through online learning?

  • Online learning is increasingly the preferred way for people to achieve formal as well as informal learning objectives
  • Online educational resources allow extension professionals to enhance face to face educational programs in their local communities and extend the learning experience

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities. The Network Literacy community focuses on the ability to use online technologies and social connections to effectively communicate, learn, work, and build communities of shared learning.

Innovation Grants

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered online and connecting with other extension professionals.

Social Networks

How are extension professionals impacting their local communities through social networks?

  • Social networks are an effective mechanism to deepen local connections and to extend learning by seeking out conversations and resources that would otherwise be difficult to find.
  • Social networks are also an information-gathering mechanism that can enhance local programs by connecting to more people, topics, resources, and conversations.

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities
  • The Network Literacy community focuses on the ability to use online technologies and social connections to effectively communicate, learn, work, and build communities of shared learning.
  • The EdTech Learning Network (EdTechLN) hosts webinars, TweetUps, a blog and promotes professional development of extension professionals in technology. Point of contact: Molly Immendorf molly.immendorf@extension.org.

Innovation project. The Virtual Communication Camp is a training series to encourage participants to incorporate new and innovative technologies into their programming.

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other extension professionals.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years (2018-2019)

3D Printing

How are extension professionals impacting their local communities through 3D printing?

  • 3D printing provides opportunities for hands-on learning using specialized examples and may be useful in educational activities for youth, especially those involving STEM areas
  • Other common extension programming areas are beginning to see applications of 3D printing – agriculture, entrepreneurship, and more

People, Programs, and Activities

There were no eXtension communities, innovation grants, or fellowships identified as centering around 3D printing.

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating 3D printed materials and connecting with other extension professionals.

  • Most existing resources or programs that mention 3D printing are part of youth (especially STEM) activities and Maker movement programs.

Gaps

There is a significant lack of information readily available in this area, at least any that could be identified in this initial scan.

Big Data

How are extension professionals impacting their local communities through big data or how can access to resources that can process big data impact programming?

  • Trends and emerging issues that would benefit from updated, timely, research-based information such as that provided by extension professionals can be identified using big data techniques and put Cooperative Extension in a proactive (vs reactive) mode
  • Programming by extension professionals can help clientele become more aware of data that is collected about them, how to manage privacy, and also utilize their own data in making positive changes in their lives (precision ag, fitness, eating habits, etc.)

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities
  • The Big Data eXtension community shares resources on the concept of ‘big data’ within extension and the Land-grant system.
  • Two specialized areas that are related to ‘big data’ for which eXtension communities exist are Citizen Science and the Internet of Things.

Innovation projects. Virginia Tech is leading the “eXtension Geo-Citizens Design Forest Farms” that brings together programmers, geospatial experts, land management specialists, and citizen scientists.

Fellows

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other extension professionals.

Drones (Unmanned Arial Vehicles)

How are/could extension professionals impact their local communities through drones?

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are increasingly being used in agriculture, disaster response, youth education, and more. Extension educators are uniquely poised to assist clientele in finding innovative uses for drones for their jobs and lifestyle, managing data and privacy, and conducting applied research with drones.

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems learning network in eXtension currently has nearly 100 members.

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other Extension professionals.

Gaps

  • There were no online courses identified at campus.extension.org on drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
  • There were no articles identified in the Journal of Extension on drones or UAS

Location Intelligence

How are/could extension professionals impact their local communities through geospatial technologies?

  • Location intelligence is affecting our clientele’s lives in ways that range from consumer choices, parenting, job skills and professional performance, farm management, and creative expression. Educational programs in all of these areas need to provide awareness and skills on this topic so that youth, workers, families, and entrepreneurs can increase job skills, make informed choices, and prevent predatory practices.

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities

Innovation project. Mapping for Storytelling and Engagement Shand Bradt, University of New Hampshire. The project hosted four webinars:

Innovation project. eXtension Geocitizens Design Forest Farms

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other Extension professionals.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years (2020-2021)

Networked Objects/Internet of Things

How can extension professionals impact their local communities through the Internet of Things?

  • Smart devices are not only proliferating as ways to deliver educational programming but as subjects of programs. Extension educators will be able to reach and connect with clientele in new ways and provide programming on how to use data and information for making informed decisions in their daily life and at their jobs.

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities

Fellow. Jeff Hino, Oregon State recently completed a fellowship with eXtension on the Internet of Things. Jeff’s fellowship final report is “The Internet of Things: Will Extension Be Ready?

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other Extension professionals.

Gaps

There are not many webinars available on these topics or published case studies/articles about extension programs that utilize networked objects.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

Robotics

How can extension professionals impact their local communities through robotics?

  • Robotics is a growing STEM area for 4-H and youth programming.
  • Robotics and their applications to farm management will be a programming topic for animal agriculture, agronomy, business management and have benefits when researching hazardous conditions for farm workers or emergency response.
  • Extension programming topics such as caregiving, entrepreneurship and community development, and health will all be impacted by robotic technology.

People, Programs, and Activities

Community. The Youth Robotics community currently has 15 members (9/20/16)

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other Extension professionals.

Gaps

More examples of resources, webinars, and publications for agriculture, health/wellness, and other topics beyond 4-H and youth development need to be located.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

Telepresence

How will telepresence change programming and professional development for extension professionals?

  • The ability to deliver educational programs in multiple locations at the same time through telepresence offers the opportunity to efficiently deliver programs and interact with participants in conditions that mimic face-to-face programs
  • Hosting telepresence, clientele offers the opportunity to interact, answer questions, and provide solutions in ways similar to face to face office visits

People, Programs, and Activities

Communities. The EdTechLN (Educational technology learning network) does not currently have resources on telepresence but contains the people and expertise to demonstrate and educate about this as the technology comes into greater use.

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other extension professionals.

Gaps

Future innovation grants or fellowship opportunities may want to consider telepresence as a focus area.

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

Wearable Technology

How are/could extension professionals impacting their local communities through wearable technology? How could wearable tech change extension programming and professional development?

  • Wearable technology offers the opportunity for clientele in many extension program areas to make data-driven decisions that affect their daily lives, farms, health, and many other areas. Extension educators can be trusted resources in managing that data and utilizing it efficiently.

People, Programs and Activities

Communities. Wearable Technology learning network looks at interweaving technology into everyday life. They are also active on Google Plus (Human Augmentation and Wearables)

Resources

Publications, webinars, videos, and other resources for professional development, creating learning resources delivered via a mobile device and connecting with other Extension professionals.

Gaps

Webinars and other professional development resources on wearables are not widely available at a national level.