Two Major eXtension Zoom Meetings to Discuss Future Directions

Please plan to join eXtension leaders for two important web events this week. Both discussions will inform decisions on issues of interest that will affect Cooperative Extension professionals in the future.

Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 p.m. Eastern on the Future of Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert is the Q&A system which allows Cooperative Extension professionals (referred to as experts within the application) to engage with the public through the website. Recently, eXtension completed a reassessment of Ask an Expert and is proposing changes to make it more functional for Cooperative Extension. Prior to attending this web meeting, please review this document–Recommendation for Ask an Expert Changes–which provides background and a summary of the proposed changes. This web meeting will focus on answering questions and getting feedback from meeting attendees. To learn more, register for the event and put it on your calendar, visit

[This meeting will be recorded so anyone unable to attend may view it at a time of their choosing. Extension professionals may also pose questions and contribute feedback prior to and following the conversation. After reviewing the recommendation document and attending the meeting or viewing the recording, please submit your thoughts, questions and concerns using this form: Feedback on Ask an Expert Recommendation. Comments are due by October 19, 2016].

Thursday, October 13, 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Findings of the Horizon Report

eXtension has been working with the New Media Consortium and the ECOP Innovation Task Force to create a Horizon Report for the Cooperative Extension System to Prepare for the Future. The report looks at technologies, challenges, and opportunities on the horizon, from today to three to five years out. In this first web meeting in a series of four, Jerry Thomas, Director of eXtension’s I-Three Innovation Lab, will provide an overview of the report, the innovations Cooperative Extension should keep an eye on and how we can embrace them. Learn more at or simply join this meeting with your questions and ideas for the conversation at

[To participate in the entire series and/or the TweetUp, please visit these four links to learn more, follow and add these dates to your calendar.]