A major update to Ask an Expert is coming on December 3, 2012. We’ve been working hard on this new release for the past 6 months and it is ready to share with the rest of the world. This new version extends the reach of our research-based answers making them a learning tool for a larger number of people. Until now, all the good work answering often complex questions only benefited the person receiving the answer. Now, that benefit will be extended to the masses via the ability to make questions and answers publicly available, on an opt-in basis. Other new enhancements include:
- The introduction of Groups (allows experts to organize questions, manage a dedicated Ask an Expert widget, and offers broad flexibility in question assignment)
- Simpler assignment rules and interfaces
- Improved mobile experience (Ask an Expert is now optimized for use on a variety of mobile devices)
- More powerful search
- Better notifications (cleaner, easier to read HTML-based emails)
- Easier access for public participation (public login using Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts).
Extensive testing of the new application started on November 1 in anticipation of the December 3 release. If you are interested in taking part in the testing please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are just interested in taking a look, the demo site is available at: https://dev.ask.extension.org/
We’re very excited about the new Ask an Expert, and think you will be too. We believe it has great potential to increase the reach and impact of the Cooperative Extension System, and look forward to many Extension faculty and educators diving in to respond with research-based answers.
ADDITIONAL INFO (added 11/12/2012)
There will be many opportunities in November and December to find out more about the new Ask an Expert. Make sure to take advantage of one that works for you! We’ll be announcing hangouts and Learn sessions later this month using a banner on the existing Ask an Expert site (http://www.extension.org/aae/incoming).