Australian eXtension Partnership Continues Growth

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The eXtension Australian partnership between the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries entered into a partnership in late 2013. The partnership is jointly developing pilot learning networks in the areas of Field Crop Diseases and Crop Nutrition.

Both learning networks are providing resources from public and private Research, Development and Extension specialists as well as a forum for the exchange of ideas between specialists, industry organizations, advisers and growers. eXtensionAUS is unlike any other information-based website. It is a network of people working together to provide well-researched information. It helps solve real-life problems in real time via web articles, social media and Ask an Expert information exchange. eXtension has been providing expertise and the technology infrastructure for their pilot. A public launching of their www.extensionaus.com.au pilot learning networks is taking place as you read this update. Check them out.

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New Learning Network Under Development

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eXtension is pleased to announce the funding of the new Educational Technology Learning Network. The Educational Technology Learning Network will guide Cooperative Extension professionals on specific projects as they integrate technology with their content. They will share information about effective technology integration projects already in use, connect professionals with peers working on similar projects, and document efforts for future review.

The new learning network is lead jointly by The Ohio State University, Utah State University and New Mexico State University. The initial leadership team is composed of Jamie Seger and Jerry Thomas of Ohio State University, Paul Hill of Utah State University, and Barbara Chamberlain of New Mexico State University. Together they will engage others as well as their target audience to bring the new learning network to life. Stay tuned for exciting activities emerging from this learning network.

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UPDATE: Disruptive E-nnovation

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eXtension Strategy Committee Chair Keith Smith, Ohio State University, reports continued efforts to report to ECOP at its Tuesday, July 22, 2014 meeting in San Diego about a plan for the future of eXtension.

A networked learning framework, a cooperative governance model, and a new approach to funding are being discussed. After the ECOP July meeting where Smith, Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director, and Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee Chair from Pennsylvania State University, will report, information will be provided to all Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators.

Each of the five Cooperative Extension regions has a representative on the eXtension Strategy Committee in addition to a regional representative to the eXtension Governing Committee working with this team. (Report courtesy Jane Schuchardt’s Monday Minute)

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Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Systems & Wearable Technologies are New User Groups

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eXtension has created three user communities around Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Wearable Technologies. Many of our professionals in the Land Grant System are beginning to work or have an interest in all three of these areas.

We invite all those interested in those three subject areas to join the Communities. We will share ideas, discuss possible uses, share results of projects, and create new projects to test and evaluate innovate uses of each.

You can join the Big Data community by going to https://people.extension.org/communities/1709; join Unmanned Aerial Systems community by going to https://people.extension.org/communities/1708 and join the Wearable Technology community at https://people.extension.org/communities/1707.

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Evaluation Community Launches! Helping CES grow, improve, and tell its story

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Do you have questions about program evaluation? Do you want to learn more about evaluation to enhance your program effectiveness?

If you answered Yes to either of these questions, then you need to check out the eXtension Evaluation Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP is made up of Extension evaluators and other professionals who are dedicated to helping Extension staff, novice to expert, build their capacity in evaluating programs.

So where do I start, you say? Here are some ways you can tap into the resources this CoP has to offer.

eXtension public website – Go to our landing page (http://www.extension.org/program_evaluation)
and you can find out more about the CoP, as well as explore over 90 frequently asked questions about evaluation that are searchable and organized by
• evaluation planning
• tools and methods
• interpreting, reporting, and applying

Ask an Expert – Click on the Ask an Expert icon on the evaluation page, ask your question, and it will be answered by Extension evaluation experts from around the country.

You can also connect and interact with us on our Blog (http://blogs.extension.org/evalcop/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/evalcop/), or Twitter (@evalcop).

Those are just a few of the ways you can connect with us now and have access to Extension’s collective program evaluation expertise and experience. Keep your eye on us as we grow and make more resources available in the future.

For more information contact Sarah Baughman (baughman@vt.edu) and Mike Lambur (lamburmt@vt.edu), Extension Evaluation CoP co-chairs.

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Learning Opportunities for July 2014 and Beyond

Please share with your colleagues and anyone you think may be interested in any of the topics!

Thank you!
Beth

Learning Opportunities in July 2014 and Beyond

Please check out the learning events listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org). These are for your own learning or for you to share with your 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. Please 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, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Topics coming in July
July 10, Normal poultry behavior and dealing with behavioral problems in small and backyard flocks at Learn.extension.org/events/1478.

July 11, Flood Plain Maps and Long-term Flood Plain Management: One City’s Experience at Learn.extension.org/events/1654.

July 14, Peaks and Pitfalls of Extension Scholarship in an Online World at Learn.extension.org/events/1643.

July 15, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – July 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1628.

July 17, Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families at Learn.extension.org/events/1571.

July 22, Tune-Up Your Farm Market Booth to Boost Sales Webinar at Learn.extension.org/events/1659.

July 23, Caregiver Identity Discrepancy & Implications for Practice at https://learn.extension.org/events/1631.

July 23, Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices at Learn.extension.org/events/1660.

July 29, Small Steps to Health and Wealth atLearn.extension.org/events/1625.

Topics from June (and early July)
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 from June, and also plan to attend associated ones during the year!

Backyard Flocks
June 9, Lighting for small and backyard layer flocks. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1485.
June 5, June 2014 meeting of the CoP membership. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1640.

Community Health
June 26, Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness . Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1651.

Disasters – Flooding
June 27, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Floods. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1505.

Diversity
July 1, Using Technology to Reach Diverse Audiences. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1658.

Fire Ants
June 6, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Fire Ant Management. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1372.

Healthy Food Choices
June 18, How to Measure School Lunchroom Success!. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at htpps://Learn.extension.org/events/1649.

Marine Fisheries
June 10, Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Network Webinar Series, No 3: The Sea Grant Network Responds to Tourism Opportunities in Fishing and Aquaculture. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1610.

Military Families Family Caregiving
June 19, Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1601.

Military Families Personal Finance
June 3, Mental Health & Financial Management. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1557.
June 4, Heuristics, Anchoring, Narrowing Choice. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1555.
June 5, What Young Adults Need to Know About Money. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1558.
June 5, The Culture of Personal Finance. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1556.

NAEPSDP
June 17, Onboarding Program to Promote Early Wins. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1642.

Regional Food Systems
June 25, Community Gardens. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1629.

Volunteers
June 23, Creating Role Rescriptions for Today’s Volunteer. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1639.

Youth Development
June 24, The Private Logic of Kids Who Outwit Adults. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at Learn.extension.org/events/1638.

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!

Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more learning opportunities…
In the following list topics for July 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 and Bad – series
August 2, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Minimize Mosquito Problems at Learn.extension.org/events/1373
September 6, 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
October 4, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Alien Invasions, Zombies Under Foot, and Billions of Decapitated Fire Ants at Learn.extension.org/events/1374
November 8, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone? Hope for the Future at Learn.extension.org/events/1375

Backyard Poultry
July 11, Normal poultry behavior and dealing with behavioral problems in small and backyard flocks at Learn.extension.org/events/1478
August 22, Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy at Learn.extension.org/events/1484
September 26, Winter care of backyard poultry flocks at Learn.extension.org/events/1479

Community Health
August 20, My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives at Learn.extension.org/events/1655

Disasters
July 12, Flood Plain Maps and Long-term Flood Plain Management: One City’s Experience at Learn.extension.org/events/1654

Entrepreneurship
July 23, Tune-Up Your Farm Market Booth to Boost Sales Webinar at Learn.extension.org/events/1659

Evaluation
October 21, Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming at Learn.extension.org/events/1644
November 14, Data Visualization to Communicate Impact at Learn.extension.org/events/1646

eXtension
July 16, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – July 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1628.
August 6, Institutional Team Web Conference – August 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1345.
August 19, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – August 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1661.
September 10, Institutional Team Web Conference – September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1346.
September 16, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662.
October 8, Institutional Team Web Conference – October 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1347.
November 5, Institutional Team Web Conference – November 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1348.
December 3, Institutional Team Web Conference – December 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1349

Healthy Food Choices in Schools
July 24, Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices at Learn.extension.org/events/1660.

Military Families
July 18, Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Learn.extension.org/events/1571.
July 24, Caregiver Identity Discrepancy & Implications for Practice at Learn.extension.org/events/1631.
July 30, Small Steps to Health and Wealth at Learn.extension.org/events/1625
August 13, Cliffs Notes from the Journal of Financial Counseling & Planning at Learn.extension.org/events/1652.
August 21, Caregiver Compassion Fatigue at Learn.extension.org/events/1604
September 18, Give Care. Take Care. at Learn.extension.org/events/1636.
September 24, Financial Planning for the Second Half of Life at Learn.extension.org/events/1653.

NAEPSDP
July 15, Peaks and Pitfalls of Extension Scholarship in an Online World at Learn.extension.org/events/1643.
September 23, 100 Years of Extension: Extending Knowledge Changing Lives from One Century to the Next at Learn.extension.org/events/1647.
October 22, Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming at Learn.extension.org/events/1645.

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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Military Families Learning Network Changes Leadership, Venue

The “times they are a changing” for eXtension’s Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)! The next few months will see a change in leadership, a change of venue, and a shifting of roles within the MFLN.

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Sarah Baughman, currently eXtension Evaluation and Research Leader, has been named as the project leader for the Military Families Learning Network project. She will begin her appointment on July 1, 2014. Sarah served as the MFLN evaluation leader when the project started.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the Military Families Learning Network. It is exciting to return to MFLN and to be able to lead the good work this project has begun,” said Baughman.

Kyle Kostelecky

Kyle Kostelecky, current project leader for MFLN, has accepted a position as the founding director of the new Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (http://woundedvetcenter.ahs.illinois.edu/). His appointment will begin July 1, 2014. “The Center will provide services in the areas of health and life skills, career and employment, individual and family counseling, rehabilitation, and housing assistance including residential suites at the Center itself for those most severely disabled student veterans. What a fantastic fit for the MFLN and the University of Illinois,” said Kostelecky.

The Military Families Learning Network Project will be transitioned from the University of Nebraska to the University of Illinois and will have its headquarters as a part of the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.

“I am very excited to bring the Military Families Learning Network into this new Center. It just makes a lot of sense and our colleagues at the Department of Defense and USDA/NIFA are thrilled with this opportunity and with Sarah’s appointment as project leader,” said Kostelecky.

Karen Jeannette

Karen Jeannette, who has worked as the professional development leader for MFLN, will transition into a greater role working as a social media strategist for the project. She will assume more responsibility in this area following Anne Adrian’s 50% appointment as Associate Director of eXtension.

“Karen’s transition to social media strategist will take advantage of her long time interest in working with social media as well as her history with both eXtension and the MFLN. We are excited for this new opportunity for her and our project,” said Adrian.

The MFLN currently is working with four concentration areas: Personal Finance, Family Development, Military Caregiving, and Network Literacy. Four additional emphasis areas of Community Capacity Building, Wellness and Nutrition, Transition (support for families), and Special Needs (early intervention support for families with special needs) are part of anticipated expanded programming contingent on future funding.

“The Military Families Learning Network has been a shining star in eXtension and within Cooperative Extension. It has brought great attention to the benefits that Cooperative Extension can bring to any audience and especially one that is so important to Americans today: our military families. This change in leadership and venue should continue to strengthen this project and the support we have from the Department of Defense and USDA/NIFA are positive changes for a positive future for this project,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Director.

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UPDATE: eXtension Strategic Planning Moving Forward with Disruptive E-nnovation

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eXtension Strategic Planning Committee Chair Keith Smith, Ohio State University, reports four targets for the new eXtension:

·Innovation as the engine to move and keep digital Cooperative Extension in the forefront of open access online learning;
·Engagement and retention of new and existing audiences, and digital professional development of Extension educators to bring new opportunities to Extension, enhance use of local resources, and increase institution’s capacities;
·Leadership and management structured as a nonprofit cooperative to support the flexibility, innovation and entrepreneurship needed in fast paced digital environments; and
·Entrepreneurship supporting a new “investment” business model that includes institutional choices to invest, public and private national and global partnerships, fees for services and leveraging revenue streams.

Smith said the eXtension Strategic Planning Committee is taking into account the pace of technology advancements to mobile devices, young and old engaging in digital personal learning networks, and that forty-five percent of those seeking information go to a friend first.

Details will be provided to the Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP) at its July 22, 2014 meeting in San Diego by Smith, together with Elbert Dickey, eXtension director, and Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee Chair, Pennsylvania State University, with additional information provided to Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators shortly thereafter.

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ECOP Thanks All Celebrating Centennial Convocation, Carter Honors CES in Video

Frankie Gould, LSU Ag Center introduces the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture.

Frankie Gould, LSU Ag Center introduces the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture.

The ECOP Extension Centennial Task Force sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the Centennial Convocation on May 8, 2014 a success. From speakers to flag bearers to convocation participants in Washington, DC and online, you made celebrating 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives a success.

Original photos from the convocation, including the Parade of States, are available for download at https://aplu.sharefile.com/d/873866241bc64c34. Note: File is nearly 1G in size.

A limited number of program booklets remain from the Convocation. This booklet https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=5220 includes a history of Cooperative Extension, a list of ECOP chairs over the 100 years, and a welcome letter from ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning. The keepsake may be ordered in lots of 10 copies each while supplies last. To either ask questions about photo download or to order booklets, contact Sandy Ruble, sandy.ruble@extension.org.

Congratulations on Cooperative Extension’s centennial also came from President Jimmy Carter, first aired at the centennial convocation. You can watch the two-minute video message from President Carter here: http://youtu.be/rfBkuMFaZ3o. The 89-year-old is a 4-H’er, peanut farmer, public servant and statesman. He comments on the importance of Cooperative Extension in his family and his life as well as the important role Extension will play in the future to feed the world. The video, made possible by the University of Georgia, is view only. There is an additional charge to use anything other than the produced piece shown at the Convocation.

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eXtension Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project Targets Farm Safety Education Goals

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Reducing the risk of injury or death agriculture production related hazards is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education.

The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project will serve as an umbrella for curricula, programs, activities, and expertise across the country, with an eye toward increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches. The two-year project, led by Penn State, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

This national clearinghouse of resources will be located at extension.org in conjunction with the Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice. One component of the project is a proof-of-concept 3D farm safety virtual learning environment, developed by Mark Purschwitz of University of Kentucky and LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual reality specialist.

Read the SAY quarterly report available at http://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/June%202014%20SAY%20Quarterly%20Report.pdf

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