Some of you may have taken the time to participate in the recent Faculty and Staff Forum on Oregon State’s potential involvement in the Unizin consortium. It was lively discussion about the impact and merits of participating in this major university collaboration to build a “learning ecosystem.” If you missed it, the hour or so conversation is archived at: https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_d73ieyl2
In addition, you may or may not have seen the article in the OSU Barometer that reported on the learning management system change from Blackboard to Canvas. You can see that at: http://www.dailybarometer.com/news/canvas-to-replace-blackboard/article_565dd982-1c02-11e4-bb9c-0017a43b2370.html
It is fairly easy from these discussions to see the possible benefit to the campus as whole for these kinds of visionary changes we are suggesting, but what will this do for Extension and other non-credit programming from OSU?
I think there are (at least) two aspects of this evolution that will have a significant impact on both what Extension at OSU looks like in five years and, beyond that, our opportunities for success. They are access and analytics.
Up until now, the learning management system (LMS) of the University has been a sole domain of credit courses. The specialized tools for grading and managing curriculum for students were not available to Extension faculty and the learners we were trying to reach. If we used an LMS it was a one-off instance of some other tool—such as Moodle. Now, not only will the new Canvas LMS be open and available to Extension faculty and content developers, it will be available at no significantly increased cost. Access to a robust and constantly improving LMS will, over time, change the look, feel, and interactive nature of Extension faculty members’ relationship with our learners. In addition, it opens the door for much more interchangeability among credit and non-credit courses. We have talked for years about whether and how we can create a stronger synergy among the learning opportunities created in Extension and courses that are offered for credit in similar content areas. Access to the Canvas LMS and ultimately the foundation created by the Unizin learning ecosystem will provide common development approach that will allow much more cross-use of Extension learning objects, modules, and even fully developed programs in the credit environment, and vice versa.
The world of learning and education will be driven into the future by our greater ability to understand not just how people learn in general, but how individuals participating in our programs learn. Extension has been built over the last 100 years on the concept of personalized learning. Having people resident in our communities around the state has always offered the opportunity for local learners to find individualized solutions to the issues they face. As populations have grown more urbanized and concentrated, we have struggled to maintain that personalized approach. Our Ask-an-Expert initiative is directly related to the goal of personalized response. As embedded analytics become more of a reality in our programs—a direct outcome of working in the Unizin learning ecosystem—we will all be able to “see” more of what works with more granular groups of people when it comes to learning tactics. Not only that, but you will be able to see what others in the consortium are doing to address similar needs. The more we know about how individual people learn, the more we will be able to develop methods of reaching each of them in that individual fashion. Check out the Unizin web site for more background and information: www.Unizin.org. As we continue to step through the process of joining the Unizin consortium, we’ll look to you all for early adopters willing to test the waters of this new learning ecosystem.
Now is the time for us all to frame the future of Extension on an educational foundation that is developed and shared by all our colleagues at OSU and around the country. Watch for your chance to step up and help ensure the long-term success of all our programs.
Outreach and Engagement
Brothers Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby are undergraduates in the College of Public health and Human Services as well as avid runners. On the morning of July 7th the brothers tied their laces tight and began a journey across 30 of the 36 Oregon counties for the 2014 Health Extension Run. Isaiah and Jeremiah are stopping at OSU Extension Offices along the way to tell the story of healthy living and encourage community members, alumni and Beaver fans to join them. All ages and all abilities are invited to participate.
They are expected to reach their goal of 1,675 miles in 61 days by September 5th.
Their schedule for the rest of the run is as follows:
August 17-18 - Baker City
August 18-19 - LaGrande
August 20-21 - Pendleton
August 22-23 - Heppner
August 23-24 - Condon
August 24-25 - Moro
August 25-26 - The Dalles
August 26-27 - Hood River
August 27-28 - Multnomah Falls
August 28-31 - Portland
Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 - Salem
Septemper 4-5 - Albany
September 5 - Corvallis!
The Health Extension Run is being covered in various news outlets across the state during their journey. To see if your local news source covered the run, look at this list of Media Mentions.
The 2014 Extension Annual Conference will be held on campus September 28th – October 2nd with keynote given by international speaker Jay Rifenbary. Extension employees will be able to take advantage of a plethora of fun activities and informational sessions during the conference.
The OSUEA awards ceremony will take place during the conference. OSUEA Faculty & Staff Awards as well as OSUEA Cooperators Awards will be celebrated during the event. Nominations for the Cooperator Awards are due to John Williams by August 15th.
Registration for the event will be open September 2nd-19th. A link to online registration will be available when registration is open.
The deadline for the Extension Professional Development Fund has been extended to August 18th. Faculty and staff may apply for funds to be used for conference travel and lodging.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!
University Relations and Marketing has teamed up with OSU Extension to host Benny the Beaver at county fairs all over the state. He had a GREAT time meeting with OSU fans (and was a great sport shaking hands with a few Duck fans) and is looking forward to more good times!
Benny visited the county fairs in Marion, Lincoln, Jackson, Linn, Washington, Union, Benton, Clatsop, Deschutes, Baker, Tillamook, Polk, Umatilla and Clackamas. Our favorite beaver isn’t done yet.
His county fair tour schedule for the rest of the season is:
If you plan on attending any of these fairs, be sure to give Benny a high five and treat him to some delicious local fair food!
Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues who have articles published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension (JOE):
Have you or a colleague recently been published? We'd like to hear from you.
The OSU Extension Service Strategic Plan and our Division of University Outreach and Engagement (O&E) Diversity Action Plan are in alignment with the core values articulated in the University’s strategic plan: We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.
Each of you are encouraged to visit our diversity website to learn more about diversity in Extension and to read through the O&E Diversity Action Plan and make a personal commitment to advancing diversity among our learners and our workforce!
Please check out the learning events listed at Learn. These are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn as they match your interests. Please sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2014, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more participation and learning!
In the following list topics for August and beyond are somewhat categorized. Add yours that aren’t listed yet to Learn.extension.org. Sign in and click “Create a new event.” If you have questions, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All Bugs Good and Bad - series
September 6, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Kudzu Bug Takes Over the Southeastern U.S./Brown Marmorated Stinkbug -- All Bad at Learn.extension.org/events/1379
October 4, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Alien Invasions, Zombies Under Foot, and Billions of Decapitated Fire Ants atLearn.extension.org/events/1374
November 8, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone? Hope for the Future atLearn.extension.org/events/1375
August 22, Avian anatomy and how to perform a necropsy at Learn.extension.org/events/1484
September 26, Winter care of backyard poultry flocks at Learn.extension.org/events/1479
August 20, My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives at Learn.extension.org/events/1655
EvaluationOctober 21, Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming at Learn.extension.org/events/1644
November 14, Data Visualization to Communicate Impact at Learn.extension.org/events/1646
August 19, Question Wranglers' Meetup - August 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1661
September 10, Institutional Team Web Conference - September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1346
September 16, Question Wranglers' Meetup - September 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1662
October 8, Institutional Team Web Conference - October 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1347
November 5, Institutional Team Web Conference - November 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1348
December 3, Institutional Team Web Conference - December 2014 at Learn.extension.org/events/1349
August 21, Caregiver Compassion Fatigue at Learn.extension.org/events/1604
September 18, Give Care. Take Care. at Learn.extension.org/events/1636
September 24, Financial Planning for the Second Half of Life at Learn.extension.org/events/1653
September 23, 100 Years of Extension: Extending Knowledge Changing Lives from One Century to the Next at Learn.extension.org/events/1647
October 22, Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming at Learn.extension.org/events/1645
Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at email@example.com. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!
In efforts to help Oregonians build their future, Extension is dedicated to the professional development of the faculty and staff of the organization. Through the generous donations of Extension supporters, administration is able to offer funding to help faculty and staff obtain further knowledge to enhance Extension programs and services.
The August application deadline for Professional Development funds has been extended to Monday, August 18th. Apply for assistance with travel and lodging for the 2014 Extension Annual Conference.
After expressed interest, OSU Crop and Soil Science Department Head, Russ Karrow, worked to establish an endowment in Norm’s memory. Under policies in the OSU Foundation it is possible to establish what I call a “builder” account with this intent. The account is established as a sub-account of a Crop and Soil Science unrestricted OSU Foundation account and efforts are made to build the account to the $25,000 level needed to create a standalone endowment.
Plans at this time are to use the fund to support professional development activities of agricultural extension faculty. If an endowed level of funding is not reached after about five years’ time, monies in the account will be directly expended for this same purpose.
To make a contribution follow these steps:
To give via credit card - Go to the OSU website – www.oregonstate.edu
Click on the top bar link titled “Make a Gift”
Choose make a one-time gift in the first paragraph of this page
Choose option #1 – I’m Making a Gift
Enter dollar amount in box shown
Under “I Want to Give to” type “CSS Unrestricted – Goetze Fund” in the “Area you’d like to support” box then click “Next”
You will then be guided through the rest of the gift giving process – name address, credit card info, etc.
To give via check – make a check payable to the OSU Foundation with “CSS Unrestricted – Goetze Fund” written in the memo line. Send your check to - 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
Memorials can be made to either Heart of Hospice Foundation, 2621 Wasco Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031 or The Dalles Art Center, PO Box 1026, The Dalles, OR 97058
EESC and ECTU has started monthly website trainings. For those who are not available to attend the trainings live, they are recorded for future use. The following recorded training sessions are available online:
Future trainings are planned for September, October, November, and January 2015.
For more information about the series, or if you need direct support, you can contact Victor Villegas.
Beginning in January of 2013, submitters of questions to Ask an Expert in Oregon began to receive electronically generated evaluation questions two weeks after their question was answered.*
Here’s what they said.
78% identify their question as very important or critically important to them.
76% say our answers very much or completely answer their question.
47% find the answer “just right” in level of rigor. There is a moderate indication that our answers could be pitched a little higher (e.g., less simplistic.)
55% identify their question as having average to significant economic concern to them.
$355,000 – is the estimated average economic benefit of answers received (approximately $70 value per question.)
94% receive their answer within the time period they expected.
66% change their behavior as a result of the answer to their question.
53% of Ask an Expert users had never used Extension before.
Ask an Expert. It’s working.
For more information on how you can get involved with Ask an Expert, contact Jeff Hino, at the EESC.
*(Overall response rate for the period from January 2013 to June 2014 was 19.4%)