06.28.11 scholarship in e xtension

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Communities of Practice have challenges to increae the Scholarship of eXtension and provide value to content contributors

Communities of Practice have challenges to increae the Scholarship of eXtension and provide value to content contributors

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  • 1. Successful Strategies for Scholarship, Peer Review and Recognition in a CoP Phil Kenkel, Oklahoma State University Greg McKee, North Dakota State University Madeline Schultz, Iowa State University Mary Holz-Clause, Iowa State University
  • 2. Long Run Success of a CoP Requires: Meeting the needs Of content User Meeting the needs of content suppliers
  • 3. Content User Needs Extensively Considered in the Development of a CoP
    • Timely
    • Unbiased
    • Comprehensive
    • Convenient and user friendly
    • Opportunity for new uses of technology
  • 4. Needs of the Content Suppliers Receive Less Attention
    • Effort developing and supporting the CoP competes with other Extension efforts
    • Extension professionals have responsibilities defined at the state or county level
    • Incentives to contribute to a CoP depend on how the activity is recognized by state and county Extension directors and the broader academic community
  • 5. Typical Extension Professional Performance Expectations
    • Developing and implementing program(s) at the county, district or state level
    • Extension publications
    • Workshops and direct contacts
    • “ Scholarly” activities that lead to a reputation of expertise at the state or national level
  • 6. Scholarship Described
    • Generating research based knowledge
    • Peer reviewed publications are the dominant yardstick for measuring research scholarship
    • Multiple dimensions
      • Discovery
      • Integration
      • Teaching
      • Application
  • 7.
    • “ Creative intellectual works that are validated by peers and communicated” (Schauber, et al.)
    • “ Extension professions must have a diversified portfolio of scholarship” (Adams et al.)
    • “ Scholarship of application should be judged, in part, by outcomes and impacts” (Bull )
    • “ Creative intellectual work must not only be original and validated through peer review, but also it must be communicated in appropriate ways so as to have impact on or significance for publics beyond the University, or for the discipline itself. (McGrath )
  • 8. Challenges of Active Roles in eXtension
    • Contributing to a national network while serving local clients
    • Impacts outside of state may not be recognized
    • Content/output may not be recognized
    • Users may not be active supporters of Extension
  • 9. Challenges of Scholarship in eXtension
    • A different paradigm exits for collaboration
      • Authorship may not be defined
      • Material may evolve over time
    • Difficult to translate or convert to traditional publication counts
    • Many activities such as management of CoP, FAQ, Ask an Expert and peer review of materials may not be included in measures of scholarship
  • 10. Strategies to Enhance Recognition of CoP Activities as Scholarship
    • List authorship
    • Acknowledge reviewers
    • Assign and acknowledge leaders for sub-topics
    • Attempt to monitor use and impacts
    • Create specialized sub-topics that more closely relate to specific state-level programs
  • 11.  
  • 12. Administrator View Point
    • eXtension offers:
      • More funding opportunities
      • Method for meeting multi-state mandates
      • Increased partnerships and collaborations
      • Improved professional capacity
      • Organized problem solving
      • Client driven for greater outreach
  • 13. Scholarship of Engagement
    • Scholarship is enhanced when we are in an iterative, interactive dialogue
    • The old expert model begins with an answer, but true engagement invites the next question.
    • Our work in eXtension respects and expects the input of the client as informative of the next steps.
  • 14. Discussion Questions
    • Does the opportunity for increased scholarship encourage participation in eXtension?
    • Is the scholarship being recognized and rewarded?
    • What are CoPs doing to enhance scholarship for their members?
  • 15. eXtension Scholarship Resources
    • Megan O’Neil-Haight’s October 2010 presentation on scholarship on the eXtension Learn site: http://www.extension.org/learn/event/62
    • The Scholarship of eXtension on the Create eXtension site: http://create.extension.org/Scholarship%20of%20eXtension