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Category: Professional Development

Beyond Static Graphs: Engage Your Audience with Interactive Data Visualizations

Interactive data visualizations allow you to display complex data in interesting ways and allow viewers to be active participants in exploring the data. Check out some of these some great examples of interactive data visualizations for inspiration. The Washington Post[i] presents a political visual that pairs graphics and a narrative that you can interact with […]

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 […]

AR: A new way to learn!

In the previous blogs we have discussed the what and why of AR (Augmented Reality). Now it’s time to think of applicable ways to use it in Extension. Here are some ideas of how AR is currently being used: Enhanced interactive print experience- (brochures, flyers, posters, worksheets) Museum interactivity- think about what a field trip might […]

New Fellowship Opportunity Supporting Extension’s Participation and Impact in the “Network Revolution”

The vision I have for the Web is about anything being potentially connected with anything…that provides us with new freedom…unfettered by the hierarchical classification systems into which we’ve bound ourselves…. bringing the workings of society closer to the workings of our minds. Tim Berners-Lee, in Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of […]

Mental Health Awareness Webinar Recording Now Available

On Thursday, June 22 two educators from Ohio State University Extension, Jami Dellifield and Amanda Raines, presented an eXtension webinar on “Mental Health Awareness for Extension Professionals.” It is based on a professional development session they led at eXtension’s NeXC2016 conference in March that generated great interest. Due to popular response both to the conference […]

AR (Augmented Reality) – What the Research Says

Although there is no single technology that is a one size fits all, AR (Augmented Reality) can help provide the basis for a strong cooperative learning environment. The environment can also grow outside the formal classroom because of the nature of the tool itself. The technology used should depend on the pedagogical objectives and needs […]

What is AR? (Augmented Reality)

The best way to describe what augmented reality looks and feels like is to imagine being a student at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books. The hallways are lined with painted portraits from floor to ceiling. As a student walking through the halls the paintings start talking, conversing and singing. They are alive and interactive. […]

eXtension Announces Four New Fellowship Opportunities

Call for Applications Four Fellowship Opportunities to Advance Innovation for U.S. Cooperative Extension The eXtension Foundation, with funding from USDA-NIFA, is pleased to announce four new fellowship opportunities. Three fellows will be selected for eXtension’s 2016 fellowship program. These Fellows will receive funding and professional development support in the 2016 fellowship year to explore open-ended […]