Christine Geith Officially Joins eXtension as CEO

 

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Christine Geith PhD began her service to Cooperative Extension as the Chief Executive Officer for the eXtension Foundation on July 1, 2015.

“I’ve already seen the support of our member institutions; the commitment of the eXtension Board; the talent and energy of the eXtension team and the great interest from CES faculty and staff across the country. Together, we can successfully move eXtension forward with the new eXtension Strategic Framework.”, said Geith.

Chris and the eXtension team are moving rapidly to bring this new phase of eXtension to benefit the Foundation’s members.  As a reminder,  three eXtension Fellows for 2015 were named:

  • Paul Hill, Utah State University, Makers
  • Katie Stofer, University of Florida, Citizen Science
  • Jeff Hino, Oregon State University, Internet of Things

The recent call for proposals for Innovation Funds garnered 49 submissions and eXtension  funded nine exciting projects to be completed in 2016:

  • Adaptive Learning, Ellen Darnall, Michigan State University
  • Spatial Reasoning, Shane Bradt, University of New Hampshire
  • Augmented Reality, Heather Wallace & Emily Tipton, University of Tennessee
  • Geo-Citizens Design, John Munsell, Virginia Tech
  • Virtual Environments/Oculus Rift, Joey Peutz, University of Idaho
  • Citizen Science/Mobile App, Heidi Rader, University of Alaska
  • NeXT Talks, Chrystal Checketts, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
  • Spark Lab Innovation Center, Mark Light, Ohio State University
  • Virtual Communication Camp, Becky Koch & Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University

“During the next year, we will routinely share the outstanding work of these new ‘innovation partners’ as well as our other learning networks and communities. We are also lifting up and showcasing local innovation in our Community Innovation Quest. We are seeking ideas, programs, and projects that you feel demonstrate doing extension differently in your state. These stories will be collected via video and shared at events throughout the year.  There is much more to come,” she said.

“As we begin this new journey together, I invite you to let me know how we’re doing and especially what more we can do to make your eXtension membership count,” said Geith.

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eXtension’s Community Innovation Quest

 

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eXtension is seeking innovators within Cooperative Extension and the land grant university system!

What are CES educators, program assistants, specialists, support staff doing that is innovative?  How are their programs or projects making a difference?  We’re looking for local innovators, folks with ‘boots on the ground’ ideas that can be moved to the next level and shared more broadly.

We will work with the director/administrator, innovation team, program leaders, and others to identify innovators.  We’ll come to them and learn first hand just what they’re doing.  We want to know the secrets, the inspirations, the planning (or lack of planning) that makes such innovation take place.

What’s innovative?

  • Something new, surprising, and radically useful!
  • Something creating new value.
  • Something that fills an untapped client need.
  • Something new and improved with marketable potential.
  • Something that ventures “away from familiar ground into uncharted territory.”
  • Something that reaches new audiences.
  • Something that uses new technology tools.
  • Something that uses existing products and services to reach new markets.

What’s next?  We want to tell the innovation story!  We want to take that local effort and tell peers, colleagues, and the public all about what’s happening in your communities.  Our visual storytelling will bring your innovator, the innovation, and your institution to the attention of your colleagues and fellow eXtension Foundation members across the country.  It won’t stop at your county office door, your regional office boundaries, your state borders…we want that innovation to go viral.

Help us make that happen!!!!

To recommend YOUR Community Innovation Quest to us by AUGUST 1, 2015, use this form:  http://goo.gl/forms/DvLS8rT1DT.  If you have questions about this process contact Terry Meisenbach (tmeisenbach@extension.org) or Jerry Thomas (jthomas@extension.org).

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New Tag Clean-up Tool in Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert makes heavy use of descriptive expertise tags for organization and question routing. For example, we try to match a question tagged “gardening” and “peppers” to an expert or group with those same tags. Our library of tags has been built organically by experts adding tags in the flow as they see fit. Generally, this works well, but some messiness has accumulated over time. Until now there’s been no way to clean up subtle variations of tags or mistakenly added ones.

That changes with the release of a new tag editing feature. With this new tool, we can merge, re-name, delete and generally clean-up tags. Any authenticated person can edit or delete tags, and all changes are logged and displayed on the Tag Management page.

This tool will most often be used by clicking on any tag from the expert-side of Ask, which will lead to the tag editing page, but you can also browse the Tag Management page to see a list of long tags that (likely) need cleaning up.

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New Registration Feature in learn.extension.org

Creators of events in https://learn.extension.org/ now have the ability to require registration for an event. Users who wish to attend those events must register for the event before they are able to view the event location. This will allow event creators to track who is attending their events. The feature includes:

  • The creator of an event can require registration for an event, and choose a registration contact. This registration contact is able to view registrants of an event (csv download) and also delete people who have registered for an event.
  • The location of an event is hidden until the user enters their first name, last name and email. After submitting this information the user can view the event location.

See screenshots below:

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Ant Detectives, 4-H Game Testers, LSU Moodle Highlight Virtual 3D News

Be an Ant Detective in Second Life to Be Redesigned

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Be an Ant Detective was the first piece of eXtension 3D content in the Second Life virtual world. The very simple maze uses diagrams and a dichotomous key to identify your real world ant and has been a booth at the Virtual State Fair since 2008. This summer the exhibit is getting an upgrade, with sound and visual effects, links to external content, interactive animations, and a little theater for viewing an 8-minute digital animation movie, “RIFA Madness” created by world-famous visual effects artist, Eric Keller. The exhibit opens August 3.

Seventeen Clubs Respond to Call for 4-H Game Testers

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Our mid-May call for 4-H teens to serve as testers for the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) game prototype resulted in applications from 14 well-qualified clubs. Three clubs will be selected for the first round of alpha testing, June 28-July 2. Another three clubs will participate in the second round of alpha testing July 14-16. Following that, all fourteen clubs will be able to schedule closed beta testing sessions in August and September.

Based on their input, the game will be fine-tuned and the final prototype will be placed on the eXtension website in October for any club to visit. The next step will be to seek funding to develop the SAY game in the Unity game engine, for deployment as an Oculus Rift single player game.

LSU Moodle Course Teaching Cooperative Extension Work via Avatar

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This month, Dr. Rebecca White of LSU is opening her online course “Cooperative Extension Work” with a week of activities at the Virtual County Extension in Second Life. The distance education students will begin their Second Life Experience with a live orientation in both Adobe Connect and Second Life. In the following three days, they will explore the Morrill regions’ Virtual Learning Environments, and attend a
virtual nutrition class presented in Second Life by Leia Kedem, RD (aka Moderation Maven).

Would you like to incorporate a Second Life experience as part of a Fall 2015 class you will be teaching? Please contact LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s Virtual Reality specialist at luann.phillips@extension.org.

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eXtension Names Hill, Hino, & Stofer Fellows for 2015

Three eXtension Fellowships for 2015 will focus on Makers, Citizen Science, and the Internet of Things (IoT). eXtension Fellows come from Premium eXtension Foundation member institutions, spend one year devoted to their fellowship topic, present fellowship work and progress to CES throughout the year via LEARN and the 2016 National eXtension Conference, and develop a user community or learning network around the topic.

The 2015 eXtension Fellows are:

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Maker: Paul Hill, Utah State University–Paul is an Extension assistant professor and 4-H agent in Washington County, Utah. His areas of expertise are: youth leadership, STEM education, volunteerism, social media, and small business development. Paul has been active in the maker community and is a member of the eXtension Educational Technology Learning Network. Contact Paul at paul.hill@usu.edu. Connect with the Maker community at: https://people.extension.org/communities/1712.

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Internet of Things: Jeff Hino, Oregon State University–Jeff is the learning technology leader at Oregon State University working in Extension & Experiment Station Communications. He facilitates adoption of new communication and learning technologies and the OSU Ask an Expert initiative. He sees his role as one that empathizes with and encourages people as they begin or continue their relationship with technology. Jeff has an extensive background in instructional design, technology, and media production. He is also a member of the eXtension Educational Technology Learning Network. Contact Jeff at jeff.hino@oregonstate.edu. Connect with the Internet of Things community at: https://people.extension.org/communities/1727.

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Citizen Science: Katie Stofer, University of Florida–Katie is a research assistant professor at the University of Florida in the Agricultural Education and Communication department. Her research focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), especially in free-choice or informal education and outreach settings. She’s interested in how the public gathers, makes meaning from, and uses current scientific research findings and how that use relates to their science identities. Contact Katie at stofer@ufl.edu. Connect with the Citizen Science community at: https://people.extension.org/communities/1404

For more information about the eXtension Fellowship contact either Jerry Thomas at jthomas@extension.org or Terry Meisenbach at tmeisenbach@extension.org.

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eXtension Seeks Committee Members for NeXC2016

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Beth Raney and Terry Meisenbach, co-chairs of the 2016 National eXtension Conference committee are seeking leaders and/or members for various committees for the conference. If you’re interested please complete this form or contact either Beth (bnr1@extension.org) or Terry (tmeisenbach@extension.org).

1. Program Committee
—Keynote Speakers
—Concurrent Sessions
—Poster Sessions

2. Local Arrangements
—Tours
—Dining/Dinner for 6
—Fitness

3. Marketing, Promotion, PR

4. Online Presence & Social Media

5. Opening Reception & Exhibits

6. Sponsors & Vendors

7. Pre/Post Conference

8. Evaluation

See you in San Antonio, March 22-25, 2016!!!!!

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Learning Opportunities – June and Beyond

More interesting and useful learning opportunities available from extension! Here I’ve included upcoming ones on various topics for which people have expressed interest by Following, as well as recent learning events in May for which a recording is available. Many other and newly added events are also listed Learn.extension.org so check there for a more complete set of offerings. These learning events are open to all who are interested… check each event listing to see if there is registration needed before the event. Share with your colleagues, clientele, etc. since participation is online from a home, office, etc.

Upcoming Learning Events
All Bugs Good and Bad Series
June 5 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Insect-borne Diseases Affecting People, at Learn.extension.org/events/1848. Includes links to related materials.
August 7 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Management of Japanese Beetles and Other White Grubs, at Learn.extension.org/events/1847. Includes links to related materials.

Climate, Forest & Woodlands
June 10 Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?, at Learn.extension.org/events/2110

Communications
June 18 Building Community Relationships, at Learn.extension.org/events/2112

Disasters
June 26 Ready Community: Vulnerability and Resilience, at Learn.extension.org/events/1975
July 31 Livestock First Aid and Safety, at Learn.extension.org/events/1976
August 21 Exploring Sea Grant’s Coastal Resilience Toolkit, at Learn.extension.org/events/1978

Emerging Technologies
June 23 Take Aways – Conference Recap: Emerging Technologies Conference for Online Learning 2015, at Learn.extension.org/events/2115

Estate Planning
June 9 Family Farm Transition Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/2127

eXtension
June 16 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – June 2015, at Learn.extension.org/events/2088. Includes links to related materials.
July 14 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – July 2015, at Learn.extension.org/events/2089. Includes links to related materials.

Leadership
June 15 Perspectives of a Program Leader, at Learn.extension.org/events/2123. Includes links to related materials.

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC)
June 19 Horse Manure Composting: Specific Steps to Start or Improve the Process, at Learn.extension.org/events/2124

Military Families
June 10 The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers , at Learn.extension.org/events/2090
June 18 Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Understanding Social Emotional Development Learn.extension.org/events/2085. Includes links to related materials.
June 24 Building Resiliency During Change – Finding Courage Within, at Learn.extension.org/events/2107
July 22 Hypertension Update: Nutritional Guidelines and Strategies, at Learn.extension.org/events/2122
August 13 Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Promoting Positive Relationships, at Learn.extension.org/events/2097
August 19 Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility , at Learn.extension.org/events/2125

NAEPSDP
June 25 Social Media Use, at Learn.extension.org/events/2101. Includes links to related materials.
July 23 Videography in Extension, at Learn.extension.org/events/2102. Includes links to related materials.
August 27 Journal of Human Sciences & Extension Special Edition: Program Development, at Learn.extension.org/events/2103. Includes links to related materials.

Personal Finance
June 4 Financial Coaching, at Learn.extension.org/events/2012. Includes links to related materials.
July 28 Predatory Lending Practices & How to Avoid Them, at Learn.extension.org/events/2113

Public Value
June 9 Basics for Helping Organizations Identify and Promote Their Public (and Private) Value, at Learn.extension.org/events/2022

Small and Backyard Flocks
June 12 Alternatives to antibiotics in poultry production, at Learn.extension.org/events/2034. Includes links to related materials.
June 26 Update on HPAI Mixed Origin Virus, at Learn.extension.org/events/2131
August 31 Meat quality issues with small and backyard poultry flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/2092. Includes links to related materials.

Student Engagement
July 8 Engaging Students in Wicked Problems: Strategies for inspiring and preparing students to tackle messy, place-based challenges, at Learn.extension.org/events/2129

Unmanned Aerial Systems
June 23 Small Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Preparing for Legal Issues, at Learn.extension.org/events/2132

Water Efficiency
June 17 WaterSense and LEED Housing Programs, at Learn.extension.org/events/2084

Women in Ag
June 10 Linkedin Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/1986
June 24 Social Media Privacy Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/1987
August 26 Newsletters Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/2026
July 8 Analytics Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/2024
July 22 Enterprise Budgeting Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/2027
August 12 Editorial Calendars Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/2025

Recent events with Recordings
2015 All Bugs Good and Bad
May 1 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Beneficial Garden Helpers, Recording and materials available at Learn.extension.org/events/1854

Animal Manure Management
May 22 Micro Manure Management, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2118

Dairy
May 19 Automated Calf Feeders on US farms: How do They Work?, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2023

Disasters
May 29 Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/1974

eXtension Moodle
May 6 Moodle Meet-Up: What’s New w/Moodle 2.7, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2105

Farm Safety and Health
May 19 Virtual Reality, A New Kind of Experiential Learning for Ag Safety, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2070

GIS
May 18 Getting Started with Story Maps, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/1876
June 3 Selecting, Downloading, Displaying, and Understanding Landsat Imagery, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/1871

Healthy Food Choices in Schools
May 27 Make the “Best of Fresh” with Farm to School, Recording and materials available at Learn.extension.org/events/2119

Horses
May 19 Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads and Trails While Riding Your Horse, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2074

Maryland FarmLink
May 4 Landlord-Tenant Communication and Agricultural Mediation, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2094
May 11 Understanding Maryland FarmLink, General Leasing Issues, and Setting a FairRent, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2095

Military Families
May 12 Promoting Knowledge Gain & Behavior Change Through Effective Education, Recording and materials available at Learn.extension.org/events/2040
June 2 Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors, Recording and materials available at Learn.extension.org/events/2011

Plant Breeding
May 6 Plant Breeding Approaches and Technologies for Challenges in Agriculture: A view from a Texas Maize Breeding Program, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2056
May 13 Soybeans: Way More Than Just Nice Yellow Seeds, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2057

Small and Backyard Flocks
May 4 Getting prepared for pullets for a 4-H egg enterprise, Recording available at Learn.extension.org/events/2033

Women in Ag
May 19 Ag Safety for Women, Recording and materials available at Learn.extension.org/events/2116

More…
Go to Learn (Learn.extension.org) to see more sessions, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may include more for participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

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Craig Wood Named Equine Science Society Fellow

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Craig Wood, eXtension Associate Director, was recently named a Fellow of Equine Science Society. The Fellow award recognizes distinguished service to the horse industry and to the Equine Science Society over time.

According to award documents: “Throughout Craig’s career, he has held various leadership roles that have provided immense support, education, and expertise to horse owners, businesses, students, and professionals.“

“Wood began his academic career at the University of Kentucky, following the traditional path of an animal sciences faculty member. Along the way he had responsibilities in teaching, research, and Extension, but the “traditional” ends there. Wood was light-years ahead of his peers when in the 1990s he gained grant support to develop and deliver equine distance learning courses to 16 universities. His course, The Art and Science of Equine Production, was awarded the Best Distance Learning Program in Higher Education in 1993 by the United States Distance Learning Association.

“His passion for Extension and teaching and his skill with instructional technology led to his transition from traditional professor role to his position as the director of the Creative Applications for Learning Environments Lab and the Coordinator of Distance Learning for the College of Agriculture. In eXtension, he continues to provide leadership for Cooperative Extension professionals to work differently and use social media outlets.

Congratulations, Craig!!!

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eXtension Begins New Chapter: Christine Geith Chief Executive Officer

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The ‘New eXtension’ begins an exciting phase of its development and growth with the hiring of its new leader. The eXtension Foundation Board of Directors has named Christine Geith PhD as its Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2015.

“Having served as an advisor in some of the early strategic thinking and planning for the new framework, it is a privilege to serve as Chief Executive Officer for the eXtension Foundation. Together, the Cooperative Extension System and eXtension are essential hubs for community innovation on a national scale,” said Geith.

Geith is currently Assistant Provost and Executive Director of MSU Global at Michigan State University. She brings 25 years of leadership experience creating entrepreneurial, technology-based ventures at both a technical regional university, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a top-ranked land-grant university, Michigan State University. She has provided leadership for innovative digital strategies for programs, research, Extension, outreach and corporate engagement. She has also worked with new organizations and served on a number of boards, pioneering new business models and technologies to generate significant value for clients and stakeholders.

“I believe the time is now for eXtension to form even deeper partnerships with Cooperative Extension directors and administrators, and with a variety of organizations, to enhance the Cooperative Extension mission and accelerate its local impact. The new eXtension Foundation is well positioned to lead an expanded vision and enable the adoption of new ways of serving local communities for Cooperative Extension nationwide,” she said.

“We are very excited that Christine Geith will lead the eXtension Foundation and help us to develop both the future of eXtension and the future of Cooperative Extension, “ said Dennis Calvin, chair of the eXtension Foundation Board of Directors and Penn State University Cooperate Extension System director.
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For more information contact: Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications & Marketing, 760-641-9354 or tmeisenbach@extension.org.

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About the eXtension Foundation

The eXtension Foundation is an innovation network of the national Cooperative Extension System, the nation’s largest non-formal educational organization. A member-based, non-profit organization, eXtension amplifies local Cooperative Extension impact by catalyzing innovation and exceptional professional development for the nation’s 15,000 Extension educators. The Cooperative Extension System has been extending knowledge and transforming lives for over 100 years. See more at extension.org

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