Archive for April, 2012

eXtension Metrics Shared at 2012 NEDA Meeting

Jimmy Henning, Director of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Chair of the eXtension Governing Committee, presented information regarding new eXtension metrics at the recent National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meeting. Using interactive clicker technology, Jimmy asked colleagues to rank the importance of the metrics related to the value of eXtension in their state or area.

Ask an Expert questions answered by in-state experts
o 63% considered this important, 7% were neutral in their opinion, 30% considered this unimportant

Ask an Expert questions answered by out-of-state experts
o 62% considered this important, 21% were neutral in their opinion, 17% considered this unimportant

Gaps in disciplinary expertise filled by eXtension Communities of Practice
o 74% considered this important, 8% were neutral, 18% considered this unimportant

Quantification of NIFA grants with eXtension as part of integrated proposal
o 61% considered this important, 9% were neutral in their opinion, 30% considered this as unimportant

Gain in knowledge facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 75% considered this important, 13% were neutral in their opinion, 11% considered this as unimportant

Change in behavior facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 79% considered this important, 5% were neutral in their opinion, 16% considered this as unimportant

Impacts facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 79% considered this important, 5% were neutral in their opinion, 17% considered this as unimportant

Quantification of usage of professional development sessions facilitated by eXtension
o 76% considered this important, 4% were neutral in their opinion, 20% considered this as unimportant

Number of courses, guests and views of online courses delivered by eXtension (Moodle)
o 68% considered this important, 8% were neutral in their opinion, 25% considered this as unimportant

Documented expansion of reach of Communities of Practice by Social Media support of eXtension
o 60% considered this important, 16% were neutral in their opinion, 25% considered this as unimportant

How eXtension.org increases the discoverability of LGU websites
o 81% considered this important, 4% were neutral in their opinion, 16% considered this as unimportant

Contributions to eXtension (Communities of Practice, FAQs, AaE) are valued and rewarded at my institution
o 42% considered this important, 21% were neutral in their opinion, 36% considered this as unimportant

The information will be used to help impact efforts and strategies moving forward with regard to the collection and presentation of metric reports and implementation of state and local value programming..

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‘Working Differently in Extension’ Features Nebraska’s Alice Henneman

Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University web technology specialist, has an excellent collection of podcasts on Working Differently in Extension. Recently, he featured a discussion of the use of social media tools, like Facebook and Pinterest, in Extension education with Alice Henneman, food safety and nutrition educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County. Alice is active in eXtension’ Families, Food and Fitness Community of Practice.

Her podcast can be found here: http://bit.ly/zHr9dq. For questions about the Working Differently in Extension series, contact Bob Bertsch at robert.bertsch@ndsu.edu. Contact Alice Henneman at ahennema@unlnotes.unl.edu

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April Webinars Free from eXtension for All

Tuesday, April 10 — Grape Disease Management Basics (and All About Anthracnose)
http://learn.extension.org/events/492

Wednesday, April 11 — RSS Feeds and Feed Readers
http://learn.extension.org/events/472

Thursday, April 12 — Financial Implications of Divorce
http://learn.extension.org/events/456

Thursday, April 12 — How to Create Farmers Market and Fair Displays to Attract Customers
http://www.extension.org/63296

Wednesday, April 18 — Finding and Following on Online Networks
http://learn.extension.org/events/473

Thursday, April 19 — Live Broadcast of Workshop: Fly Management on Your Organic Dairy
http://www.extension.org/63269

Friday, April 20 — Adaptive Management
http://learn.extension.org/events/494

Monday, April 23 — Cooling Strategies During Heat Stress on Dairy Cattle
http://learn.extension.org/events/370

Tuesday, April 24 — Tractor and Machinery Safety
http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/webcasts/april2012

Tuesday, May 1 — Pasture Rotation
http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/webcasts/may2012

All eXtension webinars for the public are listed as events on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/eXtensionInitiative.

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eXtension Enhances create.extension.org

Content Appraisal Report
In create.extension.org on your community dashboard page under “Manage Your Group” there is a new link titled “Tools and Reports.” When you click on that link you go to a page that will provide a list of all the articles that have been appraised. You can click the “more” link to filter appraised articles by a number of different data points as well as see a listing of appraised articles.

Optimization scorecard
In create.extension.org on your community dashboard page under “Manage Your Group” there is a new link titled “Tools and Reports.” When you click on that link you go to a page that provides a link to the Optimization Score Card. The scorecard facilitates a community’s ability to determine how well they are functioning as an optimized community of practice.

eXtension Help channel on YouTube
Our first message focuses on the new “Create” publishing controls for content review and publishing to extension.org that you may have enjoyed already. You can also subscribe to our eXtHelp YouTube Channel.

Individual contributor report
In create.extension.org click on “My Account” just above the “My Groups” in the right hand column navigation; you will go to your user page. You will see all the activity in Create. There is a pod on that page with the title “User Contributor Report” which shows articles, FAQs etc. that you, as a user, have created or contributed to in Create. If you scroll down until you see the word “more” and click on it, you are taken to a page that gives you the ability to filter on different criteria. Go explore the report and find your contributions.

New media library added
In create.extension.org under “Content” in the right side navigation bar there is a link to the Media Library. Although it is very basic right now it is functional. New features will be added weekly to improve its usefulness. The new media library can be used for adding metadata information to uploaded files and assigning them to groups. Our approach here is to create set of media files that are associated with each community. That set of media files will serve as a “Group media library” for a community.

iOS friendly editing on articles
You can now access, create, and edit content in create.extension.org from mobile devices using the WYSIWYG editor controls.

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eXtension Welcomes Community Nutrition Education Community of Practice

Photo courtesy Edwin Remsberg

Community Nutrition Education is eXtension’s newest Community of Practice. The goals of this Community of Practice are to provide feedback to specific questions and insights on state/regional concerns and opportunities; to share information with colleagues in each region; and to help improve regional/multi-state communication and capacity.

The community will specifically:
• Serve as a communication conduit for professionals administering and conducting SNAP-Ed through the Land-grant University/Cooperative Extension System.
• Provide a repository of key documents pertaining to the history and legislation of SNAP-Ed essential to its implementation.
• Contribute to the development and sharing of curricula, evaluation, and other resources and tools.
• Conduct trainings and webinars to strengthen the consistency and quality of programming across the Land-grant University/Cooperative Extension System and address broad scale concerns.
• Facilitate sharing opportunities and the completion of projects for SNAP-Ed within and across the Land-grant University System.

The primary leader for this Community of Practice is Lisa Lachenmayr, University of Maryland. For more information contact Lisa at llachenm@umd.edu.

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eXtension’s Critical Success Factors/Metrics #2

In this, and subsequent, eXtension UPDATE articles, we be focusing on each of the nine Critical Success Factors/Metrics developed in late 2011. While there are some metrics on which we will not be able to report at this time, we will fill these gaps in 2012 as we move forward. Note that in some cases, data will reflect periods prior to 2011.

Critical Success Factor 2: eXtension fills gaps in disciplinary expertise that may not be available in individual institutions and can enhance existing programs.

Explanation: This Critical Success Factor/Metric focuses on how the collaborative cross institutional development of content fills disciplinary expertise gaps within institutions. It also includes how these gaps are addressed at the local level.

Metrics data: Much of the data for this Critical Success Factor/Metric will be collected in 2012 and beyond through the metrics identified as we focus more on engagement and use of eXtension at the state and local levels. However, some data has been collected to suggest that eXtension is achieving this Critical Success Factor/Metric.

In 37 interviews conducted with Extension professionals at various eXtension-sponsored events and state Extension conferences (see eXtension Voices at http://www.youtube.com/user/eXtensionInitiative?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase), and through the eXtension Transformation Study conducted in 2010 (see the report at http://create.extension.org/node/3016), Extension professionals indicated that eXtension is filling gaps in disciplinary expertise.

Some specific comments included:
• “Both the idea of the Community of Practice and the physical representation of a single source on the Internet make it much easier to collaborate and to develop core content that can be used in multiple states.”
• “It’s enabled agents and faculty to fill gaps as far as content, and being able to to respond to clientele questions and being able to provide clients a source of information that we may not have in our state because of the lack of specialists in a particular area.”
• “It provides an opportunity to tap into expertise from across the country to solve a problem or deal with an issue at a basis where there might not be that expertise anymore.”

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