2012 National eXtension Conference Focus: The Future of CES

“Outstanding”, “Educational”, “Stimulating”, and “Dynamic” were the buzzwords heard in the hallways between sessions at the 2012 National eXtension Conference last week in Oklahoma City. More than 250 attended the national conference hosted by eXtension on behalf of the Cooperative Extension System.

With the theme, Spur on the Future of Extension, the conference keynoters, futurist Devin Fidler, technologist Theresa Bernardo and generational expert Amy Lynch brought new expertise and thinking on the future to those attending in person as well as those who participated via web streaming. Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Undersecretary, Research, Education & Economics, connected via the web to give the USDA’s perspective on the future of Cooperative Extension.

Three panels featured conversations on the future of Extension, the global potential for Extension, and the development of funding partnerships for eXtension. More than 56 concurrent sessions rounded out the program.

USDA/NIFA’s Brent Elrod received the eXtension Champion award for his impact on the development of the initiative. Eric Stafne of Mississippi State was honored as outstanding Community of Practice (CoP) member and the Network Literacy CoP was named outstanding Community of Practice. North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Oregon State received outstanding institutional team honors. Becky Koch, North Dakota; Jeff Hino, Oregon; and Stephen Judd, New Hampshire were honored as outstanding institutional team members. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Technology Conferencing Team received an eXtension Partnership Award for support of CoPs and Cooperative Extension.

The first eXtension Working Differently in Extension Awards recognizing both individuals and teams went to Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware; the Direct Marketing Food Specialty Products Online Team (University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University) and the Michigan State University Extension Consumer Horticulture Team.

More than 250 persons attended the conference in Oklahoma City; 160 persons viewed conference sessions online. There were 1,584 tweets by 175 users reaching 115,684 people with more than 1.1 million impressions. Fifteen sessions including the keynotes speakers, panel discussions, and several concurrent sessions were recorded. The recordings are at https://learn.extension.org/conferences/nexc2012