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eXtension Job Opportunity: Innovation Facilitator Manager

We’re searching for an Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Manager. Join our virtual team from any location. First round of application reviews: August 9, 2018. Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Manager, eXtension Foundation We are seeking an expert facilitator and experienced innovator to join our team and help lead innovation capacity-building for our members of the U.S. Cooperative Extension […]

Data Visualization Makeover

This post is a little embarrassing. I’m going to share some not-so-pretty (and not-so-effective) graphics that I have made…and presented…multiple times. Then I’ll walk you through the steps I took to create new and improved versions using my seven elements of good data visualization. First, about the data. These data were collected by the Nebraska […]

Seven Elements of Good Data Visualization

To prompt behavior change, we must be able to effectively communicate data. Not convinced? Read this post on why data visualization matters. The goal of this article is to dig in deeper and present some foundational concepts for creating good data visuals. A recent eXtension webinar[i] described numerous tools and programs at our disposal for […]

Data Visualization for Extension Professionals: Why Does it Matter?

“We face danger whenever information growth outpaces our understanding of how to process it.”[i] The ability to generate data has greatly increased in recent years, across all sectors, including agriculture. In fact, according to VCloud News, 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last 2 years alone[ii]. This “big data” is harnessed […]

Image Audit Nears Completion

eXtension content includes more than 10,000 images. This summer we received inquiries concerning copyright documentation from individuals and stock photo companies regarding some of the legal aspects of our hosted images. Even though our content management system provides ability to document an image source, there were gaps in providing proper attribution. To reduce the legal […]
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Six Easy Steps to Stretch Social Media Mileage

Across the nation, Cooperative Extension has planted a significant footprint on social media platforms, and this presence varies widely from state to state. This investment in social media is one innovative technique that reaches new and diverse audiences. It is an important one that needs your help. Regardless of specific strategic plans your institution may […]

eXtension Sustainable Marine Fisheries CoP Launches

The Sustainable Marine Fisheries Community of Practice has taken its content public on This group of fisheries Extension workers provides a source of reliable and current information about social, economic and ecological issues related to marine fisheries. Leaders of the community include Julie Anderson, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Gabriela Bradt, Erik Chapman, and Kenneth […]

New Communities Organize and Launch in eXtension

Three communities have joined the ever-growing list of communities of practice launched via or working to develop new content: Garden Professor – This community will provide the latest research-based information on creating and sustaining gardens and landscapes to the general public. All members of the community will work to engage Cooperative Extension professionals (i.e., […]

Working Differently: Writers Feature Trending Topics on eXtension Home Page

With the advent of a new web site in July, the home page feature is now written specifically for eXtension. The top articles are about trending topics related to land-grant university resources and science-based topics. The topics do not need to be an eXtension community of practice area. The original articles use at least two […]

New Resource Online for Schools and Parents Who Want Their Kids to Choose and Eat Healthier Foods announces the launch of the new Healthy Food Choices in Schools resource area (Community of Practice or CoP). It is loaded with research-based information and innovative tools to help school food service directors and staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and students implement changes that encourage kids to choose and eat healthier foods in school […]