Parkinson’s Research Project Seeks eXtension 3D Assistance

Fran Serenade

A research team from University of Oregon, University of Florida, University of California-Irvine, and the University of Pennsylvania reached out to eXtension 3D to help them design a better way for Parkinson’s Disease patients to access Second Life.

The researchers, representing leading centers for research on Parkinson’s, will be studying the effect of avatar-mediated experiences on the well-being of patients with the disease.

eXtension is consulting on the development of a HUD user interface that “gamifies” new user orientation to Second Life, is simple and fun to use, and which will provide data to the researchers about the patients’ activities and progress with their avatars.

A unique feature of the HUD will be the capability to be customized for each patient, drawing on a use profile stored in a remote database.

A mother and daughter who have created a support program in Second Life for Parkinson’s patients inspired the research. This is their story.

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Seniors from Care Link in Arkansas begin exploration of Second Life

Seniors Second Life

This is a view of the first cohort of subjects in a University of Arkansas research study as they enter a virtual world for the first time. Their activities will be tracked as they explore Second Life for seven weeks with the help of eXtension’s Virtual 3D experts. The study is looking at how social activity in virtual reality affects well-being in seniors. The home base of the project is on eXtension’s Morrill2 region.

For more information on this project contact LuAnn Phillips at luann.phillips@extension.org.

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eXtension Supports 2014 Farm Bill Educational Activities

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eXtension will support many aspects of States delivering training to producers concerning the 2014 Agriculture Act.

eXtension’s Ask an Expert widgets will be used on web sites including state cooperative extension, USDA Farm Services Administration (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partner sites to connect users with the appropriate Cooperative Extension, FSA, and NRCS experts. Each Ask an Expert widget will be customized based upon the pool of experts and include a protocol to ensure quality and rapid response.

A national Learning Network, will be supported by Extension, FSA, and NRCS experts, state institutions, relevant State and/or Federal agencies, and eXtension staff. The Learning Network will facilitate coordination of efforts, conversations, provide a place for collaboration, and house or direct users to curriculum, as needed and appropriate, that would be regional and national in scope.

eXtension will make available its web conferencing system to support educational programming and producer training.

A social media plan will be developed that integrates State Extension to maximize and leverage content and to stimulate interaction with online audiences with high priority placed on interactivity, responsiveness, and directing users to local expertise.

eXtension will also support a state producer educational training evaluation survey, data collection, and reporting functions.

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Military Families Learning Network partnering with Military Family Research Institute at Purdue

Communities and advocacy groups support military and veteran families through various efforts. Now, targeted resources are available for financial professionals and community groups that are motivated to help those who have served our nation.

Holly Petraeus

Join us Monday, September 29 at 2 p.m. ET at a webinar entitled How to Help Military and Veteran Families: For Financial Professionals. The webinar features Holly Petraeus, Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Servicemember Affairs. The webinar aims to assist those who work with and on behalf of military-affiliated communities to develop a deeper understanding of the financial challenges and opportunities that military members, veterans and their families may face.

This webinar is part of How to Help Military and Veteran Families, an 11-part publication series created by the Military Family Research Institute in collaboration with the USDA/DOD Extension Military Partnership and the National Military Family Association. The publications provide a wealth of evidence-based information for those seeking to help veterans, servicemembers and their families, while the webinars aim to expand upon these resources.

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Learning Opportunities in September 2014 and Beyond

It’s “Back to School” time of year! Not that we ever stop learning as professionals, but it’s an opportunity to see what Extension is offering that will enhance your knowledge in your areas of interest and expertise. Check out the learning events listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org). These are for you or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they match your interests. Please sign into Learn with your eXtensionID then Follow specific learning events to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise or interest so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, and please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Topics for August through December
These live learning opportunities are somewhat categorized and include some from August for which recordings are available, and many upcoming. Find a topic of interest and extend your learning. A few of these sessions are part of ongoing series around a topic. Plan to attend associated ones during the year!

All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar Series
August 1, “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Minimize Mosquito Problems,” has a recording.
September 5, “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Kudzu Bug Takes Over the Southeastern U.S./Brown Marmorated Stinkbug — All Bad.”
October 3, “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Alien Invasions, Zombies Under Foot, and Billions of Decapitated Fire Ants.”
November 7, “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone? Hope for the Future.”

Backyard Poultry
August 21, “Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy,” has a recording.
August 7, “August meeting of the Small and backyard flocks CoP,” has a recording.
September 25, “Winter care of backyard poultry flocks.”
October 2, “September meeting of the Small and Backyard Flocks CoP.”
October 21, “Basics of poultry processing.”
December 11, “Coaching a 4-H Avian Bowl team.”

Child and Family
August 28, “Redefining Differences: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Special Needs,” has a recording.
Communications
November 13, “Data Visualization to Communicate Impact.”

Entrepreneurship
September 5, “”Green Agritourism” – Power of Business Friday 15.”

eXtension Innovation/Institutional Teams
August 5, “Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – August 2014,” has a recording.
September 16, “Institutional Team Web Conference – September 2014.”
October 7, “Institutional Team Web Conference – October 2014.”
November 4, “Institutional Team Web Conference – November 2014.”
December 16, “Institutional Team Web Conference – December 2014.”

eXtension Question Wranglers
September 16, “Question Wranglers’ Meetup – September 2014.”
October 28, “Question Wranglers’ Meetup – October 2014.”
November 18, “Question Wranglers’ Meetup – November 2014.”
December 16, “Question Wranglers’ Meetup – December 2014.”

Family Caregiving
November 12, “Overview of Suicide Risk Assessment & Prevention.”

Farm Safety & Health
September 19, “Online Resources You Can Use to Promote Agricultural Safety and Health.”
September 25, “Cultural Competency Overview.”

Food Safety
November 20, “Food Safety for the Holiday Season.”

Gardening
September 10, “Sustainable Roses Series: Cultivar Selection: Right Plant, Right Place for the Right Person.”
November 12, “Sustainable Roses Series: Integrated Pest Management of the Rose.”

GIS
August 19, “Teachers, start your mapping! Free online GIS in the classroom from Esri and ConnectEd,” has a recording.

Grant Writing
September 17, “Easy as PIE Webinar: Grant writing as a collaborative process.”

Healthy Communities
August 19, “My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives,” has a recording.

Healthy Food Choices
August 21, “Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School,” has a recording.
September 16, “Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference!

Invasive Species
August 20, “Easy as PIE Webinar: Public opinion of endangered and invasive species,” has a recording.

Leadership
September 29, “Is It Educating or Lobbying? — How to Communicate Programmatic Impact to Stakeholders.”

LPELC
August 15, “Livestock Mortality Composting: Beyond the Basics Part 1,” has a recording.
September 19, “Livestock Mortality Composting: Beyond the Basics Part 2.”

MF Caregiving
August 20, “Caregiver Compassion Fatigue,” has a recording.
September 17, “Give Care. Take Care.”
October 29, “Handling Marital Conflict Constructively.”
December 10, “Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction.”

MF Network Literacy
September 17, “Finding the True Value of Twitter.”
September 18, “Online privacy tune-up: Facebook’s settings.”

MF Personal Finance
August 12, “Cliffs Notes from the Journal of Financial Counseling & Planning,” has a recording.
September 23, “Financial Planning for the Second Half of Life.”
September 29, “How to Help Military and Veterans Families: For Financial Professionals.”
October 21, “How to Read a Mutual Fund Prospectus.”
November 25, “Current Personal Finance Issues for Financial Practitioners.”
December 9, “Year-End Tax Planning Strategies.”

NAEPSDP
September 22, “100 Years of Extension: Extending Knowledge Changing Lives from One Century to the Next.”
October 21, “Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming.”

Personal Finance
August 13, “Developing Children’s Financial Habits and Behaviors,” has a recording.

Preparedness
September 16, “Giving Your Horse the Best Chance During Disasters.”
September 19, “Disasters and Horses: What Extension Professionals Need to Know.”
October 7, “Keeping Your Financial Records Secure.”
December 4, “Are You Prepared for Winter?

Volunteers
August 12, “Tips and Tools for Recruiting Volunteers,” has a recording.
September 23, “Equipping Volunteers to Understand Differences.”

Women in Ag
August 15, “Go for the Goal” Finance for Farm Women,” has a recording.
August 19, “Your Body, Your Tools,” has a recording.
September 16, “Direct Marketing Meats.”

Youth
August 13, “Project Youth Extension Service (YES)!,” has a recording.
September 12, “The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development.”

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2014, 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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Ask an Expert Enhances Profile Editing

We’ve observed a perennial need to help experts edit settings on their Ask an Expert profiles. Whether it’s group leaders trying to get a group to function more effectively, or an individual who needs help tweaking settings, there wasn’t a good way to step in and directly help someone. Although we did have the ability to help tag experts and change their vacation status using the Helping Hand page, there was no way to help someone fix formatting/mark-up problems in their profile description or adjust their answering settings.

This problem has been addressed with a new feature that makes profiles fully editable by any extension account holder. You can find this new feature by looking for the “Helping Hand” link on any profile. The Helping Hand page now includes a link to edit the full profile.

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In addition to making profiles universally editable, there is some reorganization of the navigation to make the profile pages easier to use. An expert’s question activity is also now displayed on its own list view, which makes it easier to scan and read.

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Learning Opportunities in August 2014 and Beyond

Please check out the learning events listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org). These are for extension educators as well as our audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they match your interests. Sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new. Please add web-based learning events that you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Topics coming in August
Aug 7, August meeting of the Small and Backyard Flocks CoP, Learn.extension.org/events/1682
Aug 11, Hoard’s Dairyman Webinar: The new world of genetics, Learn.extension.org/events/1677
Aug 12, Cliffs Notes from the Journal of Financial Counseling & Planning, Learn.extension.org/events/1652
Aug 12, Tips and Tools for Recruiting Volunteers, Learn.extension.org/events/1681
Aug 13, Project Youth Extension Service (YES)! , Learn.extension.org/events/1676
Aug 13, Developing Children’s Financial Habits and Behaviors, Learn.extension.org/events/1679
Aug 15, Livestock Mortality Composting — Beyond the Basics Part 1, Learn.extension.org/events/1670
Aug 19, Teachers, start your mapping! Free online GIS in the classroom from Esri and ConnectEd, Learn.extension.org/events/1678
Aug 19, Your Body, Your Tools, Learn.extension.org/events/1672
Aug 19, My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives, https://learn.extension.org/events/1655
Aug 19, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – August 2014, Learn.extension.org/events/1661
Aug 20, Caregiver Compassion Fatigue, Learn.extension.org/events/1604
Aug 21, Homeowners’ Preferences for Landscaping Practices: Are Floridians Willing to Pay More for Eco-Friendly Lawn Fertilizers? , Learn.extension.org/events/1673
Aug 21, Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy, Learn.extension.org/events/1484
Aug 28, Redefining Differences: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Special Needs, Learn.extension.org/events/1684

Topics from July (and early August)
These live learning opportunities are past, but recordings are available. Find a topic of interest and extend your learning. A few of these sessions are part of ongoing series around a topic. See these and also plan to attend associated ones during the year!

All Bugs Good & Bad
Aug 1, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Minimize Mosquito Problems. Watch the recording, check out the Resources, and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1373

eXtension Institutional Teams
Jul 1, Institutional Team Web Conference – July 2014. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1344
Aug 5, Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – August 2014. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1345

Floods
Jul 11, Flood Plain Maps and Long-term Flood Plain Management: One City’s Experience. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1654

Healthy Food Choices in Schools
Jul 23, Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1660

Master Gardeners
Jul 16, Sustainable Roses Series: General Care. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1664

Military Families
Jul 17, Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families. Watch the recording, check out the Resources, and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1571
Jul 23, Caregiver Identity Discrepancy & Implications for Practice. Watch the recording, check out the Resources, and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1631
Jul 29, Small Steps to Health and Wealth. Watch the recording, check out the Resources, and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1625

NAEPSDP
Jul 14, Peaks and Pitfalls of Extension Scholarship in an Online World. Watch the recording, check out the Resources, and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1643

Small & Backyard Flocks
Jul 10, Normal poultry behavior and dealing with behavioral problems in small and backyard flocks. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1478

Swine
Jul 18, Managing Biosecurity to Control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1663

Technology
Jul 1, Using Technology to Reach Diverse Audiences. Watch the recording and add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1658

Women in Ag
Jul 22, Tune-Up Your Farm Market Booth To Boost Sales Webinar. Watch the recording add Comments at Learn.extension.org/events/1659

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2014, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more participation and learning!

In Learn (Learn.extension.org) you’ll see more learning opportunities…
The following list topics for August and beyond are somewhat categorized. Add yours that aren’t listed yet to Learn.extension.org. Sign in and click “Create a new event.” If you have questions, contact me (beth.raney@extension.org).

All Bugs Good & Bad
Aug 1, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Minimize Mosquito Problems at Learn.extension.org/events/1373
Sep 5, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Kudzu Bug Takes Over the Southeastern U.S./Brown Marmorated Stinkbug — All Bad at Learn.extension.org/events/1379
Oct 3, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Alien Invasions, Zombies Under Foot, and Billions of Decapitated Fire Ants at Learn.extension.org/events/1374
Nov 7, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone? Hope for the Future. at Learn.extension.org/events/1375

Animal Manure Management
Aug 15, Livestock Mortality Composting — Beyond the Basics Part 1 at Learn.extension.org/events/1670
Sep 19, Livestock Mortality Composting — Beyond the Basics Part 2 at Learn.extension.org/events/1683

Big Data
Nov 13, Data Visualization to Communicate Impact at Learn.extension.org/events/1646

Child and Family
Aug 28, Redefining Differences: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Special Needs at Learn.extension.org/events/1684

Dairy Cattle
Aug 11, Hoard’s Dairyman Webinar: The new world of genetics at Learn.extension.org/events/1677

eXtension Institutional Teams
Aug 5, Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – August 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1345
Sep 16, Institutional Team Web Conference – September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1346
Oct 7, Institutional Team Web Conference – October 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1347
Nov 4, Institutional Team Web Conference – November 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1348
Dec 2, Institutional Team Web Conference – December 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1349

eXtension Question Wranglers
Aug 19, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – August 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1661
Sep 16, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662
Oct 28, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – October 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662
Nov 18, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – November 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662
Dec 16, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – December 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662

GIS
Aug 19, Teachers, start your mapping! Free online GIS in the classroom from Esri and ConnectEd at Learn.extension.org/events/1678

Healthy Communities
Aug 4, Extension in the Intersection of Community Development & Health at Learn.extension.org/events/1680
Aug 19, My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives at Learn.extension.org/events/1655

Landscaping
Aug 21, Homeowners’ Preferences for Landscaping Practices: Are Floridians Willing to Pay More for Eco-Friendly Lawn Fertilizers? at Learn.extension.org/events/1673

Master Gardeners
Sep 10, Sustainable Roses Series: Cultivar Selection — Right Plant, Right Place for the Right Person at Learn.extension.org/events/1665
Nov 12, Sustainable Roses Series: Integrated Pest Management of the Rose at Learn.extension.org/events/1666

Military Families: Caregiving
Aug 20, Caregiver Compassion Fatigue at Learn.extension.org/events/1604
Sep 17, Give Care. Take Care. at Learn.extension.org/events/1636

Military Families: Personal Finance
Aug 12, Cliffs Notes from the Journal of Financial Counseling & Planning at Learn.extension.org/events/1652
Sep 23, Financial Planning for the Second Half of Life at Learn.extension.org/events/1653
Oct 21, How to Read a Mutual Fund Prospectus at Learn.extension.org/events/1674
Dec 9, Year-End Tax Planning Strategies at Learn.extension.org/events/1675

Military Families: Youth
Aug 13, Project Youth Extension Service (YES)! at Learn.extension.org/events/1676

NAEPSDP
Sep 22, 100 Years of Extension: Extending Knowledge Changing Lives from One Century to the Next at Learn.extension.org/events/1647
Oct 21, Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming at Learn.extension.org/events/1645

Personal Finance
Aug 13, Developing Children’s Financial Habits and Behaviors at Learn.extension.org/events/1679

Small & Backyard Flocks
Aug 7, August meeting of the Small and backyard flocks CoP at Learn.extension.org/events/1682
Aug 21, Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy at Learn.extension.org/events/1484
Sep 25, Winter care of backyard poultry flocks at Learn.extension.org/events/1479

Volunteers
Aug 12, Tips and Tools for Recruiting Volunteers at Learn.extension.org/events/1681

Women in Ag
Aug 19, Your Body, Your Tools at Learn.extension.org/events/1672

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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It’s Time to Join the Educational Technology Learning Network!

Ed Tech Learning Network

eXtension’s newest learning network is getting off the ground and ramping up for an active future within Cooperative Extension. It’s often not easy to see what might be ahead for a community OR how you might fit should you choose to join that group. Learning network leader, Jamie Seger, The Ohio State University, took time to answer a couple of questions related to the new Educational Technology Learning Network.

What’s in it for me?

Putting examples of how to successfully integrate technology into actual practice! The new Educational Technology Learning Network will provide sharing and learning opportunities among both Extension professionals and private sector technology experts to foster successful use of technology integration into Extension programming across the nation. The old format of only learning how Extension colleagues use technology during conferences, then returning with little direction as to where to begin, is in the past. Building a collaborative and cooperative network of professionals who support one another in their innovative programming efforts is the way of the future!

How can I get involved?

We’ve created an eXtension Community for the Learning Network at the following link: http://go.osu.edu/eXtEdTechCommunity Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the Learning Network in some capacity is invited to request to join the Community, particularly those with an interest in sharing technology as it applies to our Extension work. Get involved even further by sharing your EdTech story on the community page or posting online with #EdTechLN: what you’re using, how you are using it, and what you would like to accomplish (goals) using educational technologies.

This Learning Network and its membership will become a national leader in sharing what software, apps or technology work well through blogging and other social media, as well as training peers nationally in the most effective use possible.

The Ed Tech Learning Network blog and social media channels will go live September 1. Information for both will be forthcoming. For more information contact Jamie Seger [seger.23@cfaes.osu.edu], Jerry Thomas [jthomas@extension.org], Paul Hill [paul.hill@usu.edu] or Barbara Chamberlin [bchamber@nmsu.edu].

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Applicants Sought for Military Extension Internship Program

Internships

The Military Extension Internship Program is accepting applications for Spring 2015 internships until September 30, 2014. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Internships are on active military installations across the U.S. and around the world with child and youth programs. Interns will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in military child and youth programs. Please visit www.ydae.purdue.edu/military for more information about the internships, including job descriptions; instructions on how to apply; intern profiles; and frequently asked questions and answers.

University faculty and staff may also request brochures online to provide to students. Below is a brief announcement about the program that you are welcome to forward to anyone who may be interested in the Military Extension Internship Program.

More information and application materials can be found at www.ydae.purdue.edu/military. Specific questions regarding the internships may be referred to: Jessica Wandless, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Internship Coordinator, at jwandles@purdue.edu

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eXtension Campus (Moodle) Continues Strong Growth

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eXtension’s online course system, campus.extension.org, continues to grow in both course numbers and participation. There are currently 306 courses available for enrollment, with another 327 either being developed or used for training or testing. These courses are being taught by 489 Extension faculty representing 47 states or agencies. Since January 1, 2014, some 11,470 new users have registered on the site, and 17,850 certificates of completion have been issued.

Aside from the overall statistics, there appears to be interest by faculty from many institutions in offering courses related to some of Extension’s traditional subjects. Faculty from 17 institutions are offering courses related to 4H & youth development, faculty from 11 institutions are addressing some aspect of human nutrition, and 9 institutions are using Campus for master gardener education. Horses, however, is the topic with the highest number of courses, with 22 courses currently available for enrollment, and another 27 being developed. Most of these horse courses are sponsored by the eXtension Horse Community of Practice.

Over the past year, the following “top ten list” of courses generated the greatest amount of activity. While “activity” in Moodle is akin to “hits” on a website, it is also very reflective of the amount of engagement people have with the course and the depth of the course experience. Clicking on these course titles displays the course description and teachers of each course, along with a link to enroll in the courses if desired. Congratulations to the teachers of these “top ten” courses.

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While the Moodle technology used at Campus continues to evolve and improve, it is more exciting to see the ways Extension faculty are finding to use an online course system like Moodle. Some of these courses above have been described in past issues of the eXtension Update. However, one of the courses, Roscoe Collegiate ISD Veterinary Science, will be part of a future eXtension Update article describing an effort by Dr. Floron Faries, Extension Veterinarian with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, to prepare students for possible careers as veterinary assistants using a train-the-trainer approach. This approach greatly leverages Extension’s limited resources, such as Extension veterinarians, to reach a much broader audience, while equipping the external trainers with the same tools used by Extension.

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University of Georgia Extension is now planning to use Campus for much of its foundation trainings. Under the leadership of prior eXtension Be, Grow, Create award winner Dr. Todd Hurt, it has opened up three such courses on Weeds of the Southeast, Insects of the Southeast, and Plant Diseases and Disorders of the Southeast. Targeted to the professional development of county Extension faculty, these courses feature picture galleries of various specimens, and then a flash card game for individuals to test their knowledge. This is followed by a quiz, and depending on satisfactory performance on the quiz, a certificate of achievement. Those completing these courses will be able to submit them to their professional development tracking system. Georgia Extension plans to expand these offerings significantly as other topics are identified and content developed.

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There are many more similar examples that could be shared, but simply browsing through the available courses at Campus should give one a good overview of the topics and approaches being used by Extension educators. Finally, to learn more about Campus and how it can be used, please check out the quick reference guides at http://create.extension.org/node/94857, particularly the Campus Fact Sheet located there. And, as we always end our various communications, if you have any questions or requests, please address them to campushelp@extension.org.

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