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Working Differently in Extension - Greg Johll

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Greg Johll, director of Technology Services for University of Wisconsin Extension, talks about how UWEX distributed Google Nexus tablets to nearly 3/4 of its employees.
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Imagine a stack of 725+ Google Nexus tablets. Imagine having to set up each one individually. Imagine not only deplying those tools throughout your organization, but providing the training and support faculty and staff need to effectively use the tablets.

 

Greg Johll didn't have to imagine it, he lived it. From the difficulty of simply buying that many devices to how the deployment is expected to effect Extension education in Wisconsin, Greg discussed the entire project on the podcast.

 

Check out the audio above or watch our Hangout On-Air at http://youtu.be/u5RDuDtlJpQ

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Working Differently in Extension - David Just

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A conversation with David Just , director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, about how behavioral economics might impact Extension work.
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The work David Just and the eXtension Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice are doing with behavioral economics is really important to the future of Extension work.

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Working Differently in Extension - Colleen Brady

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A conversation with Colleen Brady, Purdue University, about her upcoming session, "Digging into HorseQuest Social Media Stats: What drives our clientele to activity?" at the 2014 National eXtension Conference.
Bob Bertsch's insight:

I've been taking advantage of the Nation eXtension Conference to invite #nexconf presenters to the podcast. It's been great to talk with the guests about work they are really enthused about. Colleen and her community of practice have been doing incredible work for years.

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Working Differently in Extension - Kim Allen, Nichole Huff and Dede Nelson

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A discussion of the study Kim Allen, Nichole Huff and Dede Nelson of NC State conducted that created and validated a social media self-efficacy scale.
Bob Bertsch's insight:

It was great to talk with Kim, Nichole and Dede about their study. The social media self-efficacy scale and the idea of social media competencies could be really important in helping Extension professionals become social media savvy. 

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Using Technology in Extension Education

Using Technology in Extension Education - Dec 2013 - McPheron
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Bruce McPheron, VP & Dean, The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, talks about how he uses Twitter.

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Working Differently in Extension - Mark Lubell

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A conversation with Mark Lubell, University of California Davis, about Extension 3.0: Outreach and Education in the Age of Connectivity, his effort to evolve land grant universities to accelerate sustainable agricultural innovation by capitalizing...
Bob Bertsch's insight:

Mark has some really interesting ideas on the future of Extension. Be sure to check out his Extension 3.0 White Paper at http://environmentalpolicy.ucdavis.edu/blog/2013/10/321

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Working Differently in Extension - Paul Hill

Working Differently in Extension - Paul Hill
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Paul Hill, Utah State University Extension, discusses his blog posts, "Extension is Broken" and "How to Fix Extension," http://www.paulallenhill.com/

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Working Differently in Extension - Melissa Cater

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Melissa Cater, LSU AgCenter Organizational Development & Evaluation, talks with us about a study of Extension faculty's preferences for and perceptions of using an online, particularly social media, environment for professional development.
Bob Bertsch's insight:

I talked with Melissa about the Journal of Extension article she co-authored, "A Study of Extension Professionals Preferences and Perceptions of Usefulness and Level of Comfort with Blogs as an Informal Professional Development Tool,"  http://www.joe.org/joe/2013august/a6.php

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Extension Needs to Adapt, but it's Not Broken

Extension Needs to Adapt, but it's Not Broken | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Yes, the world is changing. Wonderful and powerful new technologies are emerging that allow us to engage the public in new ways. We can reach people more quickly, effectively and efficiently. I believe a day will come in the not so distant future where much of our program and information delivery will rely on these new tools. Extension Agents and Specialists who don't adopt these new technologies are missing an opportunity and risk becoming less relevant.

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How to Fix Extension: Part I

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I recently made the statement that  Extension is Broken . While many of my colleagues in the Cooperative Extension System applauded me for exclaiming, " the emperor has no clothes !" I can't just...
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Wearable Computers Could Make Steep Inroads into Farming, Experts Say - News Line

Wearable Computers Could Make Steep Inroads into Farming, Experts Say - News Line | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

In the case of wearable computers, such as Google Glass, this is perhaps more aptly phrased, “Look, Mom, both hands” —one of the reasons why three technology experts believe that wearable computers could make steep inroads into several facets of farming.

Bob Bertsch's insight:

Great article on the potential of wearble computer in agriculture.Thanks to Jim Langcuster for writing the article and sharing it.

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Why Social Media Matters – US EPA Research accidentally writes #CoopExt Obit

Why Social Media Matters – US EPA Research accidentally writes #CoopExt Obit | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it
New trends, happenings, and tools in social media
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Great post from Jennifer Rindahl. Thanks to Victor Villegas for sharing it originally on Google+.
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Working Differently in Extension - Jeff Reisdorfer

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A conversation with Jeff Reisdorfer, Web Communications Coordinator for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, about his AgEdu blog, social media, educational online games and more.
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Call for Open Peer Review: Web Writing - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Call for Open Peer Review: Web Writing - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

Web Writing is a volume that  ”explores why online writing matters for liberal arts education and illustrates how students and faculty engage in this work, with digital examples and tutorials.”


The public is invited to comment on all parts of Web Writing from16 September until 30 October 2013.

Bob Bertsch's insight:

This is a fantastic opportunity to read a book about web writing, add your comments to improve the book, be part of an experiment in open peer review and start to imagine how open peer review might work for Extension content.

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Working Differently in Extension - Christy Mannering

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University of Delaware web developer Christy Mannering discusses the #nexconf  session, "Quality Engagement vs. Quantity of Fans on Facebook and Twitter" and Delaware's Ask an Expert rollout.
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Working Differently in Extension - Roslynn Brain

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A conversation with Roslynn Brain, Utah State University, about using positive messaging and social media to reach new Extension clientele in sustainability outreach. Roslynn will present a session on that topic at the 2014 National eXtension Conference.
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Working Differently in Extension - Chris Boleman and Courtney Dodd

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A conversation with Chris Boleman and Courtney Dodd from Texas 4-H Youth Development about their use of Twitter and Ustream. We talk about the Texas 4-H tweet-ups (#tx4hconvo) and about "Leadership Live," a live leadership event steamed online.
Bob Bertsch's insight:

I am finally back producing the Working Differently in Extension podcast. This is the first in a series featuring speakers from the 2014 National eXtension Conference taking place March 24-27 in Sacramento, CA. (http://conference.extension.org)

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Working Differently in Extension - Mike Boehlje and Dave King

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A conversation with Mike Boehlje, Purdue University, and Dave King, Oregon State University, about their Journal of Extension commentary "A Return to the Basics: The Solution for eXtension."
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Working Differently in Extension - Eric Stafne

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A conversation with Eric Stafne, associate Extension professor at Mississippi State and administrative director of the National Grape Community of Practice, about his Journal of Extension article, "A View of Digital Scholarship in Extension."...
Bob Bertsch's insight:

Eric's Journal of Extension article on digital scholarship in Extension, http://www.joe.org/joe/2013october/comm1.php, hits on a number of issues we need to discuss:

- recognition of online writing & communication as scholarship

- recognition of collaborative work (eXtension)

- how peer review operates in digital communication

It's great to have another voice discussing these important issues and pushing Extension to work differently.

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Working Differently in Extension - Steve Judd

Working Differently in Extension - Steve Judd
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It was a great privilege to talk to my good friend, Steve Judd on the latest podcast. Steve is the chair of the eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice. He shared great insight into the importance on online networks and the difficulties leading a community.

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ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving

ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving | Working Differently in Extension | Scoop.it

“Our program is really focused on whole-person wellness. We want to include that socialization aspect with the physical activity,” said Jennifer Margrett, an associate professor of human development and family studies and director of the gerontology program. “By socializing and doing interactive games, older adults are also exercising their brains, building relationships, and so it helps in more than one way.”

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How to Fix Extension: Part II

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Say " Extension is Broken " out loud. Does this make you feel uncomfortable?  I once read that , "Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you're doing something that others were...
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Working Differently in Extension - Laura Kalambokidis

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A conversation with University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota State Economist Laura Kalambokidis. Laura discusses her work on "Building Extension's Public Value."
Bob Bertsch's insight:

In case I haven't said it before, it is really gratifying to have conversations with incredibly smart people about their work and the things they care about.

 

My conversation with Laura Kalambokidis centers on "Building Extension's Public Value," but it also touches on evaluation, programming and being an unbiased researcher dealing with people pushing their political agendas.

 

Let me know what you think.

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The Emerging Collaborative and Sharing Mentalities of the Millenial Generation

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Dan Schawbel, expert on millennials in the workforce, interviewed by Jeremiah Owyang:

Bob Bertsch's insight:

There are some really good insights in this interview. Cooperative Extension needs to pay attention to this, not only because we should be reaching millenials as customers, but also because they are working within our organization.

 

"If you want to sell to millennials, you have to build a strong brand personality, connect with them on social networks, align yourself with a cause, have an open culture and include their opinions as you build new products. They want custom brand experiences that take their wants and needs into account. If you want to retain them as workers, you need to invest in their careers, mentor them, provide them with internal hiring opportunities and feed their entrepreneurial ambitions."

 

Photo courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterjbromberg/

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Engaging Individual, Family, and Community Forestland Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change

University of Minnesota Extension forester Eli Sagor shares his vision for the role for digital media in climate-related Extension forestry programming.

 

Be sure to scroll down to find Eli's video.

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Working Differently in Extension - Greg Johll

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Greg Johll, director of Technology Services for University of Wisconsin Extension, talks about how UWEX distributed Google Nexus tablets to nearly 3/4 of its employees.
Bob Bertsch's insight:

Imagine a stack of 725+ Google Nexus tablets. Imagine having to set up each one individually. Imagine not only deplying those tools throughout your organization, but providing the training and support faculty and staff need to effectively use the tablets.

 

Greg Johll didn't have to imagine it, he lived it. From the difficulty of simply buying that many devices to how the deployment is expected to effect Extension education in Wisconsin, Greg discussed the entire project on the podcast.

 

Check out the audio above or watch our Hangout On-Air at http://youtu.be/u5RDuDtlJpQ

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