News Roundup – July 2017

Working Differently

One of the ways eXtension measures success is if our presence helps Extension professionals work differently. For some, that means adopting new, but proven, technologies or practices and bringing those to their clients and collaborators. For others, that means living on the cutting edge and leading the way. Both are working differently.

What is one way you have started to work differently in the past year (whether it is related to eXtension or not)? Do you subscribe to the “Working Differently” podcast hosted by Bob Bertsch at North Dakota State? We highly recommend it! Share your comments by tweeting @eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

News Roundup

Woman thinking about a networkKnowledge Network. What if you could quickly find other Extension experts or existing resources in your chosen field? What if an emerging issue means you need to find expertise or resources quickly on an unfamiliar topic?  What if you could mine the entire Cooperative Extension System? We are getting closer to that possibility with an effort to create a knowledge network. The proof of concept is expected before the end of 2017 and will include a mobile e-book interface. The initial effort will support the upcoming Food Systems Impact Collaborative. Read more…

impact collaborative logoFellow Application Deadlines Extended. Do you have expertise in Behavioral Health or Diversity & Inclusion? If so, you should check out these opportunities to lead a major national program in each of these areas. Each fellowship is expected to be a one-year commitment of around .5-.7 FTE and will work as part of a team to ensure the success of each Collaborative cohort. The application deadline has been extended to August 15, 2017. View the fellowship descriptions: Behavioral Health | Diversity & Inclusion

eXtension logoSuccess Stories. Looking for examples of forward-thinking work being done in the Cooperative Extension System? A new section of the eXtension website highlights success stories by region or by Horizon Report topics. Additions will be made to this resource regularly. Read about CES successes…

Innovate Event. Earlier this year two of the Ed Tech Learning Network founders, Paul Hill, Utah State and Jamie Seger, Ohio State organized “innovate” events in Utah and Oregon. They are planning one in Delaware this October. Check out this video to get a sense of what taking a little time to focus on collaboration and ideas can do.

eXtension Blog. If you are not following the eXtension blog, you are missing out on innovation, inspiration, and impact. The topics of some recent invited posts to the blog include:

ed tech ln logoEdTechLN Tweetups. The Educational Technology Learning Network (EdTechLN) holds “Tweetups” twice a month to discuss current issues in Extension and technology. The most recent TweetUp featured “The Changing Role of Extension”. If you are on Twitter, you can participate by using the #EdTechLN hashtag. If you are not on Twitter, you can still follow the discussion by watching the discussion using one of the recommended tools.

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Search Recordings on Learn

Visit anytime and search for topics in your area or expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, financial management, food safety, or military children? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit…