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The NEW eXtension: A New Model, A New Opportunity SAAS 2015

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The NEW eXtension: A New Model, A New Opportunity SAAS 2015

  1. 1. The NEW eXtension: A New Model, A New Opportunity Anne Adrian & Terry Meisenbach eXtension Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists February 2, 2015 Atlanta GA
  2. 2. IT’S ONE THING TO MAKE A PROMISE IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO SEE IT THROUGH. The NEW eXtension has made commitments with goals and strategies designed to help Cooperative Extension realize its vision for the 21st century.
  3. 3. The NEW eXtension ADVANCING EXCEPTIONAL TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS... while building on Cooperative Extension Service’s content, educator, and leadership resources
  4. 4. The NEW eXtension • Primary customers are Cooperative Extension members, • A member-based nonprofit • Multiplies diverse learner engagement across the Cooperative Extension system
  5. 5. The NEW eXtension • Keeping Cooperative Extension members current with ever changing technology environments • Preferred place for: –Exploration and adopting new technologies –Integrating technology with member content –Technology-based Professional Development –Network learning
  6. 6. Mission Help Cooperative Extension: AMPLIFY learner access to reliable, evidence-based information and knowledge; EXPAND collaborations and use of technology innovations; MULTIPLY learner engagement and sustainable networked learning.
  7. 7. COMMITTED TO: INNOVATION as a means to keep ahead of learning markets COLLABORATION that builds new levels of synergy FLEXIBILITY to move at the pace of change TRANSPARENT and engaging SYSTEM-WIDE solutions RETURN ON INVESTMENT
  8. 8. The NEW eXtension At the front of learning markets Downes, L., Nunes,P. (2014) Big Bang Disruption. Accenture
  9. 9. VALUE PROPOSITION Innovative place for Extension educators and strategic partners to marry content with technology that appeals to and attracts new audiences to Cooperative Extension
  10. 10. New eXtension Actions • New User Communities – Big Data – Unmanned Aerial Systems – Wearable Technology – 2014 Farm Bill – Google Suite • New Learning Networks – Educational Technology – Women in Agriculture – Ag & Climate Variability • RFP for Innovation Projects • RFP for web conferencing • Status change for some CoPs
  11. 11. What’s Sort of the Same • Ask an Expert • Innovation Teams • LEARN (but enhancements are on the way) • Search • Campus/Moodle • Communities of Practice/Learning Networks
  12. 12. GATEWAY TO The NEW eXtension MEMBER BENEFITS Premium Membership 75% of previous payment Basic Membership 60% of previous payment
  13. 13. Premium Members • Can ask and answer questions on Ask an Expert • Can view and post webinars on Learn • Can participate in eXtension Professional Development at a reduced rate • Can use Search • Can participate in, serve as a leader, and serve as a PI in a Learning Network/Community of Practice • Can access Evaluation tools, such as Qualtrics and Google Analytics, and access to Learn and Ask an Expert reports • Can apply for NIFA funding opportunities (AFRI, OREI, etc.) • Directors/administrators can serve on the New eXtension Board of Directors • Can participate in the Fellowship Program • Can participate in the Innovation Hubs, Innovation Tanks and Prototyping new or evolving technologies and strategies for delivering Extension programming • Can develop and deliver courses in Moodle/Campus
  14. 14. Basic Members • Can ask and answer questions on Ask an Expert • Can view and post webinars on Learn • Can participate in eXtension Professional Development at a reduced rate • Can use Search • Can participate in a Learning Network/Community of Practice (can be a leader; can not serve as PI) • Can access Evaluation tools, such as Qualtrics and Google Analytics, and access to Learn and Ask an Expert reports • Can apply for NIFA funding opportunities (AFRI, OREI, etc.) • Directors/administrators can serve on the New eXtension Board of Directors
  15. 15. Non-Members (Standard Benefits) • Can ask and answer questions on Ask an Expert • Can view and post webinars on Learn • Can participate in eXtension Professional Development at full price • Can use Search • Can participate in a Learning Network/Community of Practice (can not serve as PI or leader) • Can apply for NIFA funding opportunities (AFRI, OREI, etc.)
  16. 16. Membership as of 2/4/15 • 72 responses – 38 Premium – 20 Basic – 14 Non-members • 96% response rate; 80% membership • Southern Region: 100% response and 100% membership • North Central: 100% response • Northeast: 100% response
  17. 17. The NEW eXtension Governing Board 51% Cooperative Extension Directors/Administrators •1890s: Vernon Jones, Langston •North Central: Jason Henderson, Purdue •Northeast: Dennis Calvin, Penn State •Southern: Doug Steele, Texas AgriLife Extension •Western: Fred Schlutt, Alaska-Fairbanks 49% Strategic members
  18. 18. Next…a new CEO Elbert Dickey departs April 30
  19. 19. Implications for Agricultural Communications • Identify innovation on campus and in CES • Join eXtension user communities, help interpret • Look for research opportunities • Watch where eXtension is going and contribute

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