Category: <span>Design</span>

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 5

Optimizing for Health: Linking Land Grant Knowledge Assets in Support of Healthy People, Food Systems and Communities. When a living system is suffering from ill health, the remedy is found by connecting with more of itself. – Francisco Varela Village rice fields, Shirakawa-go, Gifu-ken Japan (photo by Joel Abroad, The scene above is an example […]

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 […]

i-Three Issue Corps – 10 Keys to Developing Engaging Online Extension Courses

Have you ever taken an online course?  Was it required or for fun?  What was your motivation?  Semester-long, short course, less than a week?  For a fee or free?  Did you complete it?  Was it a good experience or more like how NOT to teach online? From your experience, think about three things that make […]
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When Is A Course Not A Course?

Mention the word “course” in an educational environment, and what is it that normally comes to peoples’ minds?  In all likelihood, it involves reading documents, watching videos, submitting homework assignments, completing projects, taking tests, responding to surveys, and maybe somewhere down the line, gaining a certificate or diploma—something to formally acknowledge satisfactory completion of those […]

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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Use a Mobile First Design Strategy to Create Focus

When we recently redesigned the new homepage one of the issues we ran into was trying to come to a consensus in prioritizing content on the main landing page. We were merging the content from two different sites (the now-defunct and the previous incarnation of as well as introducing brand new requirements. […]

AaE 2.0 Design Process: Groups

One of the areas we want to address in the new Ask an Expert (AaE) is a better way for people to work together. To this effect, we are looking at introducing groups. Aside from being an organizational tool, groups would provide a new way to assign and answer questions. In fact, a group would […]

AaE 2.0 Design Process: Displaying Answers

Last week we shared some of the features and changes conceived for the new version of Ask an Expert ( To say the least, the proposed changes sparked a lively and robust discussion. We are listening to all the feedback that’s coming in and incorporating it into the design process. Furthermore, we want to continue […]