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Welcome to San Antonio for the 2016 National eXtension Conference.
We’re happy to have both... participants in the Professional Development track and participants in the i-Three Issue Corps track!

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Tuesday, March 22
 

8:00am

Pre-Conference: PSEP Center meeting
Pre-Conference meeting of the Pesticide Safety Education Program Center group. This will be held Monday, March 21 from 2:00-6:00 PM and continue Tuesday, March 22 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. 

Tuesday March 22, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Pecan

8:00am

Pre-Conference: Military Families Learning Network Meeting
Pre-Conference meeting for members of the Military Families Learning Network. 

Tuesday March 22, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm
Rio Grande Center

10:00am

1:30pm

Pre-Conference: eXtensionAUS Meeting with Selected eXtension Staff
This is a meeting before the conference begins with members of the eXtensionAUS (from Australia) with several members of the eXtension Staff.

Tuesday March 22, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Rio Grande East

2:00pm

Registration Open: 2:00 - 6:30 PM

Event Registration/Check-in:  The conference will begin with a receptionTuesday evening and conclude on Friday prior to lunch.  Conference registration/nametag pick-up, will be available Tuesday, 3/22 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom Foyer, and remain open through the duration of conference hours.  Please reference the conference schedule online for additional information.


Tuesday March 22, 2016 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Regency Ballroom Foyer

3:00pm

5:00pm

Conference Opening Event and Welcome Reception

LEARNING STYLES & COMMUNICATION METHODS

  • Innovation Grant: Building Personalized Learning Experiences for Adult Learners through Adaptive Learning Techniques, Michigan State University, Gwyn Shelle and Ellen Darnell

  • Innovation Grant: nEXT Talks: Igniting Innovation in Extending Knowledge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,Holly Whitaker

  • Innovation Grant: Lighting the Education Fire with Virtual Environments and Oculus Rift Technology, University of Idaho, Joey Peutz, Brian Cleveley and Lori Wahl

  • Innovation Grant: Extending Reality: Instant Access to Extension Resources Using Augmented Reality Innovations, University of Tennessee, Heather Wallace and Emily Tipton

  • Innovation Grant: Elevating of the Role of Spatial Reasoning in Communication and Decision Making in the Cooperative Extension System, University of New Hampshire, Shane Bradt

  • Innovation Grant: Virtual Communication Camp, North Dakota State University, Becky Koch and Bob Bertsch

  • LN: Educational Technology Learning Network (#EdTechLN), Jamie Seger, Paul Hill

  • LN: Network Literacy, Robert Bertsch, Jennifer Chilek, Stephen Judd, Terrence Wolfork

EXPERIMENTAL PROCESSES, TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

  • Innovation Grant: Spark Lab Innovation Center, Ohio State University, Mark Light
  • eXtension Fellow: Makers, Paul Hill
  • eXtension Fellow: Internet of Things, Jeff Hino
  • eXtension Fellow: Citizen Science, Katie Stofer
  • LN: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Agriculture Learning Network, Victor Villegas, Susan Buffler, Dennis Hinkamp
  • LN: Wearable Technology Learning Network (WTLN), Aaron Yoder, Linda Fetzer

SUBJECT MATTER

  • Innovation Grant: eXtension Geo-Citizens Design Forest Farms, Virginia Tech, John Munsell

  • Innovation Grant: Track that Crop: A Mobile App to Aggregate Crop Variety Data in Alaska and Beyond and to Increase Citizen Engagement with Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska, Heidi Radern

  • CoP: eXtension Australian Communities, Gavin Beever, Julie White, Kellyanne.Harris, Kyle Thoms, Johanna Couchman

  • LN: Climate Learning Network, William Hubbard, Dan Geller, Mark Risse

  • LN: Military Families Learning Network, Sarah Baughman

  • CoP: Internationalizing Extension, Renee Pardello

  • CoP: Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) CoP - Aaron Yoder, Linda Fetzer


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Baughman

Sarah Baughman

Virginia Tech
Military Families Learning Network
avatar for Bob Bertsch

Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →
avatar for Shane Bradt

Shane Bradt

Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technologies, UNH Cooperative Extension
Shane Bradt is a University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension State Specialist with the Natural Resources Program and an Extension Professor with the UNH Department of Biological Sciences. Shane's outreach GIS outreach efforts in NH are largely focused through the UNH Geospatial Technologies Training Center, through which he develops and offers workshops on GIS and GPS basics, mobile mapping, online mapping, free/open GIS software and... Read More →
avatar for Christine  Geith

Christine Geith

CEO, eXtension Foundation
CEO, eXtension Foundation
avatar for Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Extension Professor, Utah State University
Paul Hill is an Extension Professor for Utah State University. He directs the 4-H STEM and economic development programs in Washington County. He is a current eXtension Fellow--building the Maker Community--and a digital media leader for eXtension’s national Educational Technology Learning Network (EdTechLN). He was the 2015 recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science Technology and Faculty Innovator Award from USU Extension. He... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Hino

Jeff Hino

Learning Technology Leader, Oregon State University
I'm lucky to have the most fun job in Extension at OSU. I get to work with great people, great ideas, and fascinating technology. Talk to me about hybrid (blended) teaching, the Internet of Things, digital content strategy, interactive multimedia publications, video production, learning analytics, social media, or blues slide guitar.
avatar for Mark Light

Mark Light

4-H Youth Development Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
To work with youth and help them develop into adults by helping them to spark their inner creativitiy. Interest in STEM including Maker movement, robotics, arduino, coding, 3-D printing, drones, and animation. Founder of the Spark Lab Innovation Center.
avatar for Gwyn Shelle

Gwyn Shelle

Michigan State University
avatar for Katie Stofer

Katie Stofer

Research Assistant Professor, STEM Education and Outreach, University of Florida
I am the 2015-16 eXtension Innovation Fellow in Citizen Science. I'm also a researcher and extension specialist in Ag-STEM Education and public engagement with agriscience. I'm working to re-connect agriculture and STEM disciplines within and outside of school settings, including connecting people with research.


Tuesday March 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Regency Ballroom East

6:30pm

Dinner: On your own
There are no coordinated dinner plans but we suggest going with others!

Tuesday March 22, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Find a place to eat in San Antonio
 
Wednesday, March 23
 

6:45am

Breakfast: Buffet
Wednesday March 23, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:00am

Registration Open: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Event Registration/Check-in:  The conference will begin with a receptionTuesday evening and conclude on Friday prior to lunch.  Conference registration/nametag pick-up, will be available Tuesday, 3/22 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom Foyer, and remain open through the duration of conference hours.  Please reference the conference schedule online for additional information.



Wednesday March 23, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:45am

Welcome: Dr. Douglas Steele, Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
MC: Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University Extension
Welcome: Dr. Douglas Steele, Director, Texas AgriLIfe Extension

Moderators
avatar for Bob Bertsch

Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Douglas Steele

Dr. Douglas Steele – Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. | http://agrilife.org/about/leadership/douglassteele/


Wednesday March 23, 2016 7:45am - 8:00am
Regency Ballroom East

8:00am

Keynote: John Stepper, "Working Out Loud: Grow as professionals. Extend your reach"
John Stepper, author of Working Out Loud, widely heralded as the new roadmap for working more effectively in our new increasingly digital environment.

Working out loud is a way to build relationships that help you in some way. It’s a practice that combines conventional wisdom about relationships with modern ways to reach and engage people. When you work out loud, you feel good and empowered at the same time.

Each participant at the conference will get a copy of John Stepper's book, Working Out Loud!

Moderators
avatar for Bob Bertsch

Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Stepper

John Stepper

John Stepper, author of Working Out Loud, widely heralded as the new roadmap for working more effectively in our new increasingly digital environment. Says Stepper of his concept, “Working Out Loud starts with making your work visible in such a way that it might help others. When you do that – when you work in a more open, connected way – you can build a purposeful network that makes you more effective and provides access... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Regency Ballroom East

9:05am

Break
Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:05am - 9:30am
Regency Foyer

9:30am

Map the Ripple Effects of your Innovative Program
Community organizations, residents, and leaders need effective and accessible tools to achieve innovative and sustainable change. Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is an emerging adaptive way to track progress; evaluate activities and outcomes; and help plan for the future.        
Using a mind-mapping framework, REM evaluates complex group or community activities by engaging active participants. It exposes activities that have rippled out from a specific program and gathers their untold stories. Groups can visualize their accomplishments and build on each other’s stories while identifying partnerships, unique contributions, and gaps in delivery.          
Workshop participants will learn how to facilitate this mapping exercise and populate the information into a digital version. We will demonstrate how to code and aggregate short, medium and long-term outcomes to the Community Capitals Framework (Flora, Flora and Emery, 2008.) We will share and explore with participants how REM can be adapted for small projects and large statewide programs.        
Written instructions for using the tool and how to adjust for specific audiences, so that they can map work in their own communities will be provided. Join the emerging field of Ripple Effects Mapping by adding your experience or adaption.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Pecan

9:30am

Measuring and Reporting Impact and Public Value Through Storytelling

A strong impact story is more than just a list of outcomes. It’s a compelling story of the difference your program made to the economy, the environment or the well-being of clients. Members of the National Impact Database committee will share ideas on developing programs and tools for measuring program impact, turning your impact into a strong story and marketing your impact story. This hands-on workshop will allow participants to work on their impact story while seeing examples of strong impact statements from the NID and getting critiques from the national content team. The session will also include how to promote your story to media and decision makers, how to connect your local story to national land-grant efforts and how to turn your impact story into a strong public value statement you can promote using traditional and social media methods.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Cummings

Scott Cummings

Associate Head and Program Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Texas A&M University
avatar for Frankie Gould

Frankie Gould

Professor & Department Head, Communications & Public Relations, LSU AgCenter
LSU Ag Center
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Sarah Lupis

Colorado State University
avatar for Faith Peppers

Faith Peppers

Director of Public Affairs, College of Ag, University of Georgia
I am the chief communications officer and lead the college's efforts in strategic communications and messaging, executive coaching, brand and reputation management, issues management, and crisis communication.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Live Oak

9:30am

Networks and Extension - Developing your online network to learn, engage and make an impact
Understanding and working within networks is critical to Extension's response to grand challenges. Dynamic human networks are replacing, complementing, and competing with hierarchical organizations as powerful systems for communicating, collaborating, and organizing. Networks are bringing diverse perspectives and deeper understanding to increasingly complex problems.

As Extension attempts to adapt to these new ways of learning, organizing, and addressing complex problems, Extension professionals must understand the power of online networks, how to participate within them, and how to help build robust networks that meet diverse needs.

In this session, we will discuss how Extension can make an impact in the networked era and use networks to address complex problems.

The workshop will include real-world examples of how Cooperative Extension is working within broader networks to address complex issues. Participants will also brainstorm how a network mindset can transform Extension programming.

Participants will learn how to join, create, and begin to feel comfortable communicating as peers and co-learners in online networks. They will begin to build their own online network in this workshop, leaving with tools and strategies that will help them continue to build their network in the future.


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Beckendorf

Jessica Beckendorf

Community Development Educator, University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension
Network Literacy CoP
avatar for Bob Bertsch

Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →
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Stephen Hadcock

Network Literacy CoP
avatar for Steve Judd

Steve Judd

UNH Cooperative Extension
Network Literacy CoP


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Rio Grande West

9:30am

Plan, Prepare and Present an Ignite-Style Talk

This BYOD session is for seasoned presenters who want to expand their abilities by learning a different presentation style. This session is also for presenters who want to become one of those cool people who can deliver a compelling story that sticks with your listeners – whether they are funders, audience members or the general public.

You’ll walk away with a video of you presenting a talk that captures the essence of your program’s impact as well as the templates and tools to create other similar talks and videos. We’ll use templates and a scripting process to help you plan your talk, weaving together story and statistics along with your personal “big why” for serving your audience. We’ll use online tools to craft a visual story to support your talk and give your story the visual impact it deserves. You’ll practice your talk and receive peer feedback. Finally, we’ll video you using your own device so you can make further improvements to your talk or share it straight to your social media.

Participants absolutely need a laptop (preferred) or ipad with internet access. Bringing your own wifi device is encouraged.


Speakers
avatar for John Chivvis

John Chivvis

Associate Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
HJ

Holly Jarvis

Educational Media Manager, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Blanco

9:30am

Raspberry Pi curriculum, focusing on open source technologies used in STEM education.

Learn fundamental elements of computer software design and learn how to perform basic functions in the Python programming language and the Linux terminal using a Raspberry Pi computer. Presented by SASTEMIC, this session is one of many that we offer via our Geekbus mobile makerspace. The goal of all Geekbus programs is to inspire and spark students' interest in skills needed for the 21st Century. We teach students the value of "Design Thinking," encouraging them to apply these concepts to solve problems that not only exist in the classroom, but in their daily lives as well. By utilizing Project Based Learning, we also provide students with real world scenarios for learning. Interested in starting your own Geekbus? We can help you get started!

For the program:
SASTEMIC is a San Antonio-based 501c3 advocacy group and connectory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We are "the go-to organization for STEM in San Antonio." Our mission is to advance STEM educationand economic development to bolster the connections between K-12, college, industry, and government for the San Antonio area. www.sastemic.org


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Llano

9:30am

Social Media Analytics Workshop
BYOD and learn step-by-step where to find your analytical data for some of the most widely used social media sites! This hands-on workshop will focus on Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, and Twitter stats, but may cover more depending on need of participants and time available. Data aggregation tools will also be introduced. Examples of how to generally report your data will be covered as well. Workshop objectives: 1. To give participants hands-on experience locating and aggregating social media engagement and reach data. 2. To introduce easy-to-use free and/or paid-for data aggregation tools. 3. To provide examples of how to generally and descriptively report social media use engagement and reach data. 4. To learn from participants their main social media reporting and evaluation frustrations or hangups. 5. To allow participants to begin creating a social media data report and action steps post-conference.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Baughman

Sarah Baughman

Virginia Tech
Military Families Learning Network
avatar for Amanda Christensen

Amanda Christensen

Utah State University Extension
Utah State University
avatar for Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Extension Professor, Utah State University
Paul Hill is an Extension Professor for Utah State University. He directs the 4-H STEM and economic development programs in Washington County. He is a current eXtension Fellow--building the Maker Community--and a digital media leader for eXtension’s national Educational Technology Learning Network (EdTechLN). He was the 2015 recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science Technology and Faculty Innovator Award from USU Extension. He... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Seger

Jamie Seger

Program Director, Educational Technology, Ohio State University Extension
Ohio State University Extension
DW

Danae Wolfe

Ohio State University


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Rio Grande Center

9:30am

The Future, Backwards: A facilitation exercise for surfacing emerging issues (Part 1 of 2)

The Future, Backwards exercise is designed to help groups with three primary concerns: strategic planning, to aid in conflict resolution, and to surface previously unrecognized emerging issues. It is a great tool to use to surface emerging issues early.  It was created by Cognitive Edge (www.cognitive-edge.com) as a workshop tool for addressing complex issues in organizations, and to provide for a more diverse perspective when tackling strategic organizational concerns.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience the use of the Future, Backwards method to address a real-world complex problem. The exact problem to be addressed will be decided at the start of the session by the participants using open-space (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference ) strategies. Conference participants will leave the session having experienced the magic of this facilitation technique, and with the knowledge to apply the theory and process for use in their own strategic planning and programmatic efforts. This session will be led by three Cognitive-Edge certified practitioners.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Mims Adrian

Anne Mims Adrian

eXtension & Auburn
RC

Rhonda Conlon

North Carolina State University
KG

Kevin Gamble, PhD

Management Consultant
avatar for Beth Raney

Beth Raney

Professional Development Coordinator / Applications Analyst, Penn State/ eXtension
I'm part of eXtension & Penn State Extension for many years. I'm interested in social learning and Working Out Loud.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Rio Grande East

11:30am

Lunch: On your own
Wednesday March 23, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Find a place to eat in San Antonio

11:30am

STEM Education/Maker Space - Open House
This Open House will be provided by SASTEMIC is a San Antonio-based 501c3 advocacy group and connectory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We are "the go-to organization for STEM in San Antonio." Our mission is to advance STEM educationand economic development to bolster the connections between K-12, college, industry, and government for the San Antonio area. www.sastemic.org

The Open House will allow participants to come and go within the time to talk to the staff and see the items on display. 

 

Wednesday March 23, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Llano

1:00pm

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Planning Communications for Maximum Impact
Participants will define target audiences, educational goals, key messages and user scenarios to plan a communication strategy to help bring about behavior change. Well-planned, strategic communication is critical to bring about the behavior change that many of our programs aim for. Participants will work in groups to develop the start of their own strategic communication plan around their educational program or topic – whether that be i-Three Issue Corps members, individuals working with a Community of Practice or Innovation Team members. Becky Koch and Bob Bertsch, leaders of the Virtual Communications Camp innovation project, will work with participants to help them think strategically about communication and lay the groundwork for developing content to carry out the strategy.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Rio Grande Center

1:00pm

Oculus Rift/Google Cardboard: The Rabbit Holes to the Future (Using Virtual Reality Tools to Enable Impactful Innovation)
The Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and other immersive 3D technologies are part of an emerging set of tools that are opening doors to a whole new educational, training and entertainment experience. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in 3D content with these technologies and begin to see the value of and understand how this applies to education, training and entertainment.           Participants will learn 1) about the various immersive technologies, 2) how to purchase the immersive technologies, 3) ideas on how to introduce the technologies into their community, 4) how to access free and pay-to-use developed 3D immersive technology to share with community members and 5) about the various options on creating your own 3D immersive experiences.  Participants can take this workshop home and use it!          Imagine taking a virtual walking tour of Paris gardens with Master Gardeners or the White House with 4-Hers without spending a dime in travel. Create and share 3D VR photos of the next county fair on your website. In the true Extension spirit, learn the basics, share the emerging technologies with your community and watch innovation take off. Be the vehicle that introduces opportunity for inspiration.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Blanco

1:00pm

Optimizing Complexity: exploring the role and impact of knowledge and innovation brokering in facilitating and linking learning, research, extension and development programs
This workshop will explore:            
- How and why should we support public, private and civic collaboration in both social and online environments, or “public knowledge spaces”?        
- What is the role of these and knowledge and innovation brokering in facilitating collaborative, innovative responses to complex issues (e.g. climate change and food insecurity) no institution can tackle on their own?        
- How can those engaged in this work measure impact/success?          
A particular focus will be on identifying people and systems based capabilities required to enhance connectivity amongst communities of place, interest, inquiry and practice, and the sharing and co-creation of knowledge.            
After a presentation there will be a breakout discussion session and report out. Participants will be provided a list of resources.              
One objective of the workshop is to share initial findings of an eXtension facilitated learning exchange with eXtensionAUS/Victoria Australia and Cornell University/New York State representatives. Those efforts and workshop feedback will help inform a knowledge and innovation systems road map for State-based entities engaged in food and agriculture related learning, research, development and extension.          
The target audience will include those with interests in research and extension program development, management and evaluation; policy development; content/knowledge curation; governance; ICT platform development and the like.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Piestrak

Jeff Piestrak

Digital Collections Specialist, Mann Library, Cornell University / eXtension Foundation
I spent the first two decades of my work life directly engaged in ag and food systems work across the value chain from seed to plate, with occasional forays into fisheries and forestry work. At Cornell University's Mann Library, I now work with and connect a broad range of individuals and groups on and off campus in support of research, learning and outreach. I'm a strong advocate of our Lincoln legacy Land Grant mission, helping realize our... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Rio Grande West

1:00pm

Raspberry Pi curriculum, focusing on open source technologies used in STEM education.
Learn fundamental elements of computer software design and learn how to perform basic functions in the Python programming language and the Linux terminal using a Raspberry Pi computer. Presented by SASTEMIC, this session is one of many that we offer via our Geekbus mobile makerspace. The goal of all Geekbus programs is to inspire and spark students' interest in skills needed for the 21st Century. We teach students the value of "Design Thinking," encouraging them to apply these concepts to solve problems that not only exist in the classroom, but in their daily lives as well. By utilizing Project Based Learning, we also provide students with real world scenarios for learning. Interested in starting your own Geekbus? We can help you get started!

For the program:
SASTEMIC is a San Antonio-based 501c3 advocacy group and connectory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We are "the go-to organization for STEM in San Antonio." Our mission is to advance STEM educationand economic development to bolster the connections between K-12, college, industry, and government for the San Antonio area. www.sastemic.org

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Llano

1:00pm

Share Your Story with Maps
Have an interesting historical downtown that you want people to visit? Looking to engage people of a community to explore their town and provide their thoughts? Hoping to have your audience prepare for meeting by looking at maps/pictures/videos?

Esri Story Maps are a great way to share your information and tell your story to a wide variety of stakeholders (no coding experience necessary!). Driven by ArcGIS Online, Story Maps provide a for great method for communicating information and engaging your audience in a graphical and narrative fashion.

This hands-on session will cover the basics of ArcGIS Online and Story Maps. After this session, you and ArcGIS Online account and enough knowledge to start using Story Maps in your Extension work. No previous experience in ArcGIS Online will be necessary.

This is a Bring Your Own Device session. Participants absolutely need a laptop (preferred) or ipad with internet access. Bringing your own wifi device is encouraged.



Speakers
avatar for Shane Bradt

Shane Bradt

Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technologies, UNH Cooperative Extension
Shane Bradt is a University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension State Specialist with the Natural Resources Program and an Extension Professor with the UNH Department of Biological Sciences. Shane's outreach GIS outreach efforts in NH are largely focused through the UNH Geospatial Technologies Training Center, through which he develops and offers workshops on GIS and GPS basics, mobile mapping, online mapping, free/open GIS software and... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Pecan

1:00pm

Working Out Loud
Working out loud is a way to build relationships that help you in some way. It’s a practice that combines conventional wisdom about relationships with modern ways to reach and engage people. When you work out loud, you feel good and empowered at the same time.

See John Stepper's blog and website at workingoutloud.com  

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Live Oak

1:00pm

The Future, Backwards: A facilitation exercise for surfacing emerging issues. Part 2 of 2 (Continuing)
The Future, Backwards exercise is designed to help groups with three primary concerns: strategic planning, to aid in conflict resolution, and to surface previously unrecognized emerging issues. It is a great tool to use to surface emerging issues early.  It was created by Cognitive Edge (www.cognitive-edge.com) as a workshop tool for addressing complex issues in organizations, and to provide for a more diverse perspective when tackling strategic organizational concerns.           In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience the use of the Future, Backwards method to address a real-world complex problem. The exact problem to be addressed will be decided at the start of the session by the participants using open-space (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference ) strategies. Conference participants will leave the session having experienced the magic of this facilitation technique, and with the knowledge to apply the theory and process for use in their own strategic planning and programmatic efforts. This session will be led by three Cognitive-Edge certified practitioners.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Mims Adrian

Anne Mims Adrian

eXtension & Auburn
RC

Rhonda Conlon

North Carolina State University
KG

Kevin Gamble, PhD

Management Consultant
avatar for Beth Raney

Beth Raney

Professional Development Coordinator / Applications Analyst, Penn State/ eXtension
I'm part of eXtension & Penn State Extension for many years. I'm interested in social learning and Working Out Loud.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Rio Grande East

3:00pm

Break
Fifteen-minute beverage and personal break

Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency Ballroom Foyer

3:15pm

CANCELED: Tools for Training: Using Gaming to Educate and Engage Stakeholders
Pesticide safety, and safety education in general, is not often considered exciting and engaging. However, to ensure the safety of agricultural workers it is an important and necessary activity for many extension educators and our stakeholders. This presentation highlights technology that The Pennsylvania State University Pesticide Education Program uses to generate engaging pesticide safety educational games. This same innovate approach can be adapted to any subject matter. Once generated, these games can be given to presenters for large groups, or individuals to learn at their own pace. Games work actively with Moodle or other educational interfaces by exporting them for integration into online courses or websites. The games can be integrated with Audience Response Systems (ARS) to create competitive educational environments. Gaming software and details on how games are created will be demonstrated during the presentation. Participants will be provided with ARS controllers and will play along to test their extension and pesticide safety knowledge. This active participation will give participants a sense of how the technology works, but more importantly how they can adapt it and engage their stakeholders. Details on how games are created, availability to participants, and development for other subject matter and audiences will be discussed.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Creating GeoDesigned Systems with Citizen Science
Our project advances citizen science by bringing software developers, geospatial experts, land management specialists, and citizen scientists together in a customizable and collaborative workspace to create a precision agriculture computer application. We are developing a GeoDesign application and employing citizen science to increase the precision of forest farming systems in the Appalachian Mountains. Our GeoDesign application will improve farming precision of four medicinal plants native to Appalachia and launch the Appalachian Forest Plant Inventory Citizen Scientists program and PlantShoe citizen science competition to provide data needed to build GeoDesign applications. Participants will learn about citizen science 2.0 and merging data collection and analysis toward creation of a precision farming computer system using GeoDesign methods to improve the efficiency and profitability of farms and public engagement. They will also learn about creating dynamic GeoDesign systems using best available spatial data for site characterization and assessment for precision planting with regard to biotic and abiotic variables. Citizen science will be presented, along with how to use friendly competition to motivate a cadre of citizen scientists. They also will have hands-on experience with innovative computer technology methods for mapping preferred planting sites and interpreting forested landscapes via interdisciplinary inquiry. Bring your smart phone.

Speakers
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John Munsell

Virginia Tech


Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pecan

3:15pm

Measuring Impact: Methods and Metrics for Face-to-Face and Social Media Outreach
Extension educators are required to collect program evaluation data and write impact reports for funders, administrators, and stakeholders. Measuring the impact of our work is a necessity, not an option. Often, evaluation is viewed as a “chore” to complete after a program is delivered. Rather, assessments should be developed as a precursor to content development. To “begin with the end in mind,” outcomes should be embedded into program learning objectives that are based on learner needs. This workshop will discuss the importance of developing strong evaluation protocols for face-to-face classes and social media outreach while a program is being developed. Successful Extension personal finance programs will be used as examples. Topics covered will include logic models, data collection methods, types of evaluation survey questions, retrospective (post-then-pre evaluations), Likert type scales, the Critical Incident Technique (CIT), public value statements, social media evaluation methods, impact statements, and online program evaluation resources. This workshop will be a PowerPoint presentation interspersed with several hands-on learning activities and large group debriefing discussions. Participants will be actively involved so they can “learn by doing.” Planned activities include writing logic model program outcomes, writing CIT questions, writing a public value statement, and checking personal Twitter influence metrics.

Speakers
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Barbara O'Neill

Rutgers Cooperative Extension


Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Rio Grande Center

3:15pm

Virtual immersion to promote inquiry of personal value systems
In this session, the facilitators will discuss how they have implemented and are continuing to implement innovative virtual technologies into the teaching of diversity and social justice. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice has created online training modules focused on professional development around diversity and inclusion efforts. These modules are currently being reformatted to include virtual experiences. Workshop participants will take part in an exercise focused on discerning how cultural values influence decision making using virtual multimedia as a demonstration of how this technology can be used. Facilitators will engage participants in large and small group discussions about how virtual teaching and training experiences can be further implemented in Extension programs. During the session, participants will be challenged to think outside the box in brainstorming innovative ways in which they can implement virtual technologies into their own professional practices. Actionable steps for participants to take can include enrollment in the online training modules.



Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Blanco

3:15pm

When Research and Youth leadership collide - Impacting environmental awareness on our islands, in our community and in the world around us!
CES 4H at the University  of the Virgin Islands are working with researchers in five specific areas: Clean water initiatives, Solar energy, GIS, Climate and weather, Technology specifically radio broadcasting.        The purpose of our session would be to share what we are doing in the VI. The youth here are working to create messages to support agriculture and farming, hydrology and mapping as well as environmental issues. The youth enjoy it and get to learn about health and nutrition and tie all of that back to our environment.          This one hour session would focus on the explanation of what we do and how we do it using examples of how it supports these research areas and how our clubs work together to create positive messages of learning and education in ways that impact not only our community but support our researchers with their grants by offering youth delivered audio that allows the messages to be use/consumer friendly.       The concept is youth use smart devices all the time to do what they love - message! In our program they create messages about the work UVI researchers are doing and share it in simple terms so they can access a wider audience. They also analyze data, contribute to research and work to present it to the researchers and their peers. In doing so, they are actively involved in a variety of projects including STEM RESEARCH designed to work as a feeder program into our education programs once they graduate high school. So far they have been very successful - our youth just presented at 31st Agro economics conference on St Croix to more than 200 researchers. For their efforts they received a standing ovation.           We would love to share our simple process of youth engagement to promote research at our university with conference attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Chanes

Christina Chanes

Coordinator, University of the Virgin Islands
Good day, | I work at the University of the Virgin Islands Extension office in St Thomas in the area of outreach where I support activities in 4H and Consumer Science as well as support the EFNEP. I also support those in ANR. In doing so, I have recently received a small grant funded by USGS through the VI Water Resources Research Institute in which I teach hydrology specifically, the importance of clean, safe water and its collection and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Avram Primack

Dr. Avram Primack

University of the Virgin Islands, University of the Virgin Islands
I have interests in zoology, ecology, climate change, international development, what in the world is sustainability, life on small islands, and how to grow a tomato.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live Oak

3:15pm

“Wrap Arounds”: Extending Learning Beyond the Webinar
Webinars are a great way to provide staff development to a large number of people who are geographically dispersed, but how can they be extended to enhance the learning, increase engagement and build community?          
This session will focus on the innovative approaches the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Transitions, Family Development, Family Development Early Intervention, and Network Literacy concentration areas have taken to extend learning beyond webinars and build engaged online communities.        
You’ll learn how the MFLN intentionally plans for webinar “‘wrap arounds,” including blogs, podcasts, video, social media posts, Twitter chats, infographics and more to reach beyond the confines of the webinar and create a conversation among learners. You’ll see and hear examples of various “wrap arounds”, learn how they were created and delivered, share what ‘wrap arounds” you have used, and get a chance to brainstorm potential  “wrap arounds” with fellow participants.      
Military Families Learning Network serves military family service professionals through engaged online communities.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Bertsch

Bob Bertsch

I am seeking and sharing insights on weaving collaborative networks. | | After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, I have found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. | | I'm currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and engagement coordinator for the eXtension Network Literacy community of practice... Read More →
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Sara Croymans

University of Minnesota
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Robyn DiPietro-Wells

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Anita Harris Hering

University of MN Extension
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Kimberly Hile

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Kacy Mixon

Valdosta State University


Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Rio Grande West

4:30pm

Report out from The Future, Backwards

The Future, Backwards: A facilitation exercise for surfacing emerging issues

The Future, Backwards exercise is designed to help groups with three primary concerns: strategic planning, to aid in conflict resolution, and to surface previously unrecognized emerging issues. It is a great tool to use to surface emerging issues early.  It was created by Cognitive Edge (www.cognitive-edge.com) as a workshop tool for addressing complex issues in organizations, and to provide for a more diverse perspective when tackling strategic organizational concerns.

This session is the report out from participants in the Future, Backwards workshop held earlier in the day. All Professional Development track participants are encouraged to hear the findings!


Speakers
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Anne Mims Adrian

eXtension & Auburn
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Rhonda Conlon

North Carolina State University
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Kevin Gamble, PhD

Management Consultant
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Beth Raney

Professional Development Coordinator / Applications Analyst, Penn State/ eXtension
I'm part of eXtension & Penn State Extension for many years. I'm interested in social learning and Working Out Loud.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Rio Grande East/Center

5:00pm

5:15pm

Insitutional Innovation Teams Meetup & Sharing
An opportunity for members of all institutions Innovation teams to get together and share with and learn from each other. Join us! Open to anyone interested!

Speakers
avatar for Terry Meisenbach

Terry Meisenbach

Communications & Marketing, eXtension


Wednesday March 23, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Rio Grande West

5:30pm

Dinner: On your own
There are no coordinated dinner plans but we suggest going with others after you get your *Working Out Loud* book signed by John Stepper!

Wednesday March 23, 2016 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Find a place to eat in San Antonio
 
Thursday, March 24
 

6:45am

Breakfast: Buffet
Thursday March 24, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:00am

Registration Open: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Event Registration/Check-in:  The conference will begin with a receptionTuesday evening and conclude on Friday prior to lunch.  Conference registration/nametag pick-up, will be available Tuesday, 3/22 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom Foyer, and remain open through the duration of conference hours.  Please reference the conference schedule online for additional information.



Thursday March 24, 2016 7:00am - 6:00pm
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:45am

Ignite Talk: Communicating Science During Controversy
Controversial science topics can be intimidating to include in our Extension programming, but if we take on the challenge, we can have impact on some of today's most important discussions. Controversy changes the dynamics of how people incorporate science into their decision making, so we need to challange ourselves to use new methods that will diffuse polarization, be heard, and build trust.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Powers

Crystal Powers

Extension Engineer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
My focus has been on using science-based communication strategies to help Extension professionals start the discussion about climate change. We are also using scenario planning as a novel method to incorporate stakeholders in Extension Programming planning. I am currently the Project Coordinator for the Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate national Extension project. My overall programming involves the impact of livestock on agroecosystems.



Thursday March 24, 2016 7:45am - 7:50am
Regency Ballroom East

7:50am

Ignite Talk: Internet of Things: Is Extension Ready?
Jeff Hino, Oregon State University
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here, and brings with it the ability to use the Internet to connect, control, manage, and monitor billions of things in our lives. IoT will radically change the face of human activity, from driving our cars to preparing our food, to managing our health. These connections between machines and people will be directly tied to areas of life skills that Extension cares about. IoT overshadows any other innovative disruption to date—including the Internet, and will challenge Extension’s ability to adapt. Will we be ready? This Ignite session will give a rapid-fire overview of IoT in a highly visual and entertaining format.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hino

Jeff Hino

Learning Technology Leader, Oregon State University
I'm lucky to have the most fun job in Extension at OSU. I get to work with great people, great ideas, and fascinating technology. Talk to me about hybrid (blended) teaching, the Internet of Things, digital content strategy, interactive multimedia publications, video production, learning analytics, social media, or blues slide guitar.


Thursday March 24, 2016 7:50am - 7:55am
Regency Ballroom East

8:00am

Keynote: Paul Pangaro, PhD, “Designing for Conversation”
Innovation, design thinking, leadership, teamwork—these are all terms we hear every day and think we agree on. In practice these terms are "rabbit holes" because there are many possible meanings and asking different colleagues will certainly get different answers. But we know what we all want: creative and viable solutions to complex business situations that can be implemented efficiently. But how can we achieve those lofty goals? Pangaro will show a path through these terms with a focus on the role of effective conversation to achieve each one, including how to design for innovation. A combination of abstraction and problem framing around "designing for conversation" offers a path to implementation. There are no guarentees in complex design problems, but likelihoods can be increased and risk lowered.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Pangaro, PhD

Paul Pangaro, PhD

Chair & Assoc. Prof., MFA Interaction Design, College for Creative Studies
Paul Pangaro, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the MFA Interaction Design program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Dr. Pangaro teaches, researches, and consults on “designing for conversation” to develop and implement innovations, software, and organizational processes.


Thursday March 24, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Regency Ballroom East

9:05am

Break
Thursday March 24, 2016 9:05am - 9:30am
Regency Foyer

9:30am

Creating a Center for Innovation: The Benefits of a Relaxing Office

Many people focus primarily on programming and evaluation in their profession, but they tend to neglect their own comfort and happiness. The average person spends at least 20-25% of their week in their office, if not more, and it is imperative to create a comfortable and engaging office environment. This workshop/demo will offer suggestions on how to make a more home-like office space, different activities offices can offer for employees, and a look at some of the research supporting these practices. Focusing on improving the office as an extension of self is an innovating concept that will help all employees improve their health, happiness, and output, and they will learn those skills in this session.


Speakers
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Brittany Mendez

Ohio State University Extension
Ohio State University Extension -- Athens County


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Pecan

9:30am

Creating a Reason to Come to the Office: Making Space for Innovation

Extension has an opportunity to not only provide access to information, but also to be the places of learning and innovation. Generally urban centers have access to technology and infrastructure, while in rural areas this is not always the case.  The maker movement has been a driving force for combining online innovation with hands-on DIY space (McCue2012).

A spark is defined as small fiery particle of burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion. Spark is also defined as anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst (www.dictionary.com).

The Hardin County Spark Lab instills that inspiration or “spark” that youth and adults need to learn, discover, and grow in a creative environment by providing access to current technology and equipment. Learn how to go beyond just setting up a maker space.  Convert your office space into a center of innovation framed through the education lens of a land grant university system.  As information moves online and there is a case made to regionalize or closed physical extension offices, our Spark lab makes a case for reinventing meeting rooms and office space into a space for innovation. High tech does not have to mean the loss of high touch.


Speakers
avatar for Jami Dellifield

Jami Dellifield

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County
Jami Cavinee Dellifield is proud to be the newest addition to the Hardin County Extension Staff. Jami joined the team on October 5, 2015 as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. Jami was born and raised in Hardin County, and graduated from Riverdale High School in 1990. Jami is a 1994 graduate of Ohio Northern University (BA, Psychology— Minor,Communications) and a 2002 graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MA, Christian... Read More →
avatar for Mark Light

Mark Light

4-H Youth Development Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
To work with youth and help them develop into adults by helping them to spark their inner creativitiy. Interest in STEM including Maker movement, robotics, arduino, coding, 3-D printing, drones, and animation. Founder of the Spark Lab Innovation Center.
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Amanda Raines

The Ohio State University


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Rio Grande West

9:30am

Developmental Evaluation: On the Ground and Behind the Scenes

Developmental evaluation (DE) (Patton, 2011) is a relatively new evaluation methodology that supports innovation and adaptive development in complex and dynamic environments. A significant departure from linear, logic-model-based program evaluation paradigms, DE documents developments and their implications with real-time feedback and cycles of reflection and action. This type of evaluation approach is particularly attractive to programs and organizations that wish to continue adapting to changing standards and realities. By necessity, items such as evaluation design, methods, and reporting within a DE approach are highly specific to the program or organizational context. As such, there is no “best” or “right” way to conduct DE. For the individual or organization assessing whether DE is the right approach for their work, these qualities can make DE feel somewhat intimidating. How do you know if DE is right for you? How do you know what DE might look like in the context of your programming or organization? The goal of this session is to help you answer these questions. Despite the fluidity associated with DE, there are several characteristics of the paradigm that remain constant regardless of program or organization. This session will begin with an overview of DE, focusing on several of these enduring characteristics, and using the Military Families Learning Network for applied examples. From there, the focus will turn to a “behind the scenes” practical look at some of the implications of adopting DE, with particular attention on the often overlooked areas of program planning and workplace habits and norms. At the end of the session, participants will have a broader vision for how DE may play out in and benefit their own programming and organizations. For participants planning to adopt DE, the session will provide several ideas for promising practices, workplace tools, and organizational strategies.


Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Scott

Brigitte Scott

Military Families Learning Network, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Rio Grande Center

9:30am

eXtension International Collaboration: The Benefits and Learnings of an Australian Collaboration
This session cover: The benefits of international collaboration, as well as the eXtensionAUS experience. This will includeeXtension working in an Australian context,engaging with and running Communities of Practices containing public sector, private sector and non for profit sector members, engaging with large projects/influencers, the Australian approach that has evolved and the new tools that have been used: eg scoop.itpaper.li, storify, a key example of how the eXtension approach was used to great effect (in response to a disease outbreak), and how the approach is planned to grow and the new Australian platform that will use Liferay. 

Speakers
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Gavin Beever

Grains Research & Development Corporation, Australia


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Blanco

9:30am

Interactive Print - Making Presentations Come to Life

Imagine giving a presentation and the participant handouts suddenly become alive and interactive. It’s not science fiction it’s AR (augmented reality). Augmented reality involves adding virtual aspects to the real world. It is an enhancement of reality through technologies using smart phones, tablets, apps and wearables. Educators know that meaningful learning occurs when participants are able to create, share, interact and explain.

Augmented learning offers a great value in adapting environments to the learner. There are endless possibilities for using AR. Participants will learn by experiencing:

  • How AR can provide real-world context to learning
  • How AR is being used in educational settings
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using AR
  • How to bring your own learning solutions to life with AR apps
  • Research on effectiveness of AR in Education
  • Tips to evaluate AR learning solutions
As a result, participants will be leave the session with the knowledge needed to get started creating their own AR solutions for educational purposes.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Kroll

Michele Kroll

Columbia, Missouri, United States of America, University of Missouri
Education Technology | Mobile Learning | Augmented Reality | Web 2.0 Applications | Active and Meaningful learning experiences using technology


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Live Oak

9:30am

Sustainable Learning Networks: Lessons from the Military Families Learning Network

The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) is an eXtension success story.  Initially funded as part of eXtension in 2010, the MFLN has grown to over 40 faculty and staff from 12 institutions working across nine content areas.  Our mission is to connect military family service providers (MFSPs) and Cooperative Extension educators to timely and cogent research and to each other. Through innovative professional development and programming and the human and experiential resources of CES, we create and support a rich and informed virtual network of professionals and resources in collective service to military families.

Participants will learn and discuss what a learning network is, how it’s different than a community of practice and lessons learned.  Participants will be able to implement some of the MFLN lessons in their own online programming as well as have some ideas on creating sustainable learning networks. 


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Baughman

Sarah Baughman

Virginia Tech
Military Families Learning Network


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Rio Grande East

10:30am

Break
Thirty-minute break in Rio Grande Foyer and Regency Foyer

Thursday March 24, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Rio Grande Foyer

11:00am

4-H Volunteer Orientation Using Articulate Storyline and Qualtrics

This presentation shows the impact of providing online education to provide 4-H volunteer orientation mandated training by using the authoring tool Articulate Storyline. It also gives formative and summative evaluation data by using  Qualtrics- an online survey tool.

Participants will view the Articulate Storyline Online Project and will gain information of how to create a training storyboard and measuring impacts by using Qualtrics.

Actionable steps for participants after the event will be tools to create online storyboards and practical evaluation methods for assessing online learning.

The new knowledge and skills that participants can use are the ability to explore what Articulate Storyline 2 capabilities are as well as Qualtrics.

Links:  http://bengal.missouri.edu/~gillespiet/volorientation/story.html, http://www.qualtrics.com/

Using Storyline Articulate and Qualtrics are different ways of providing content and receiving feedback regarding online trainings.  


Speakers
avatar for Tammy Gillespie

Tammy Gillespie

4-H Volunteer Systems Coordinator, MU Extension Ctr. for Youth Dev.
avatar for Michele Kroll

Michele Kroll

Columbia, Missouri, United States of America, University of Missouri
Education Technology | Mobile Learning | Augmented Reality | Web 2.0 Applications | Active and Meaningful learning experiences using technology
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Lisa Morrison

MU Extension
University of Missouri Extension



Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pecan

11:00am

Community Design Impacts on Health, Environment, and the Economy

“The livability of a community depends in part on multiple mobility options that allow residents of all ages and abilities to connect with their communities” Beyond 50.05: A Report to the Nation on Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging - AARP.

Rural downtown centers have an opportunity to identify their assets and increase connectivity through the development of multi-modal transportation systems inclusive of bicyclists and pedestrians. Community development Extension Educators can engage stakeholders interested in developing strategies to address public health and wellness, safety/access of vulnerable users, and strengthen local economies in rural communities.

Multi-modal transportation is especially important for vulnerable users such as youth and an aging population. Through collaboration with multiple agencies and community stakeholders, the town of Cascade, Idaho has been able to develop a community strategy to meet the needs of residents, business, and tourists.


This session will give an overview of the Bike and Pedestrian Planning Process of Cascade including technology, such as Go-Pro cameras, to engage the community during the planning process.  This includes a summary of multiple downtown walk audits, a two day transportation planning and outreach process led by Vitruvian Planning (Boise, Idaho Consultant) and current implementation plan within the community of Cascade. The planning process was funded by the New Mobility West Grant awarded by the Sonoran Institute.

Participants will leave the workshop with tools for conducting a walk audit and bike/pedestrian counts, an overview of one communities planning and implementation process, and the role Extension played in helping the community reach this success.

Applicable Research:

1) Chapter III. Transportation and Mobility

Aging Readiness Plan – Transportation and Mobility - http://www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/documents/CHAPTER_3_TRANSPORTATION.pdf;

2) Smart Growth America - http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets/implementation


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton

I am a NACDEP Member, University of Idaho Extension
UI Extension, Valley County | | Sector Development, Bike and Pedestrian Pathways, Community Gardens, Food Coalitions, Recreation Based Economy, and Workforce Housing.


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Grande East

11:00am

Innovation, Integration, and Impact: Applying a New Theoretical Approach to the Development and Testing of a Divorce Education Program

Todd Spencer, Oklahoma State University
Kyle Barth, Oklahoma State University

Divorce affects over 1.5 million children every year.  Although countless divorce education program exits to ameliorate the impact of divorce on child development, few have been able to document any impacts beyond short-term changes in knowledge or attitudes. Co-parenting for Resilience (CPR) is an innovative four-hour divorce education program that integrates psychotherapeutic theories into an educational format that Cooperative Extension Educators can deliver, and that has demonstrated empirical support for its effectiveness in producing behavior change. Workshop attendees will be exposed to: (a) the community-based process the developers took to address a pressing community issue; (b) innovative ways in which behavior change theory can be integrated into an educational format for use by Extension; (c) innovative evaluation protocols that promote buy-in from field staff and have been approved by an IRB; and (d) rigorous analytic strategies that assess for programmatic impacts.  Focus of the workshop will be on process rather than content. In this way, participants will be provided with actionable steps that will challenge them to map out and adopt principles of theory-based program development and rigorous evaluation strategies to their own content areas.  Innovative aspects of CPR and its documented impacts will be used to illustrate these principles.



Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Blanco

11:00am

Mission Social Media Strategy: How to create an integrated social media strategy to advance Extension programming

Crafting a social media strategy is often seen as a function of the marketing and communications department. However, social media can be an integral part of both programming and communications strategies, expanding our ideas of how we create engaging learning opportunities for and between Extension program participants.

During this session, we’ll share examples of how the Military Families Learning Network uses a theory of change to align our social media strategies with our mission through three new strategic programming priorities: being issue-driven, learner-centered, and a collaborative network.

Participants will walk away with the understanding of a model and framework for how social media strategies and tactics can be created, executed, measured, and evaluated in concert with a program and communications goals. They will see how creating a conceptual map, like a ladder of engagement, can help program teams guide and evaluate content and community engagement plans across a multi-platform, social and digital environment. Last but not least, participants should leave with the insight that social media is more than a bolt-on communications tactic, and a theory of change can help to operationalize and align social media strategies and tactics across multiple program teams to advance an Extension program's mission.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Jeannette

Karen Jeannette

Military Families Learning Network
avatar for Brigitte Scott

Brigitte Scott

Military Families Learning Network, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Grande Center

11:00am

Moving Beyond "I've Got a Great Idea for an App"

Mobile devices provide powerful ways to reach extension audiences in innovative ways for high impact. While many of us (and our content experts) have several *ideas* for what would make a good app, we are all still learning how to identify what kind of app would be best for which audiences, and discovering what mobile content is unused. Based on their work in creating mobile apps for Extension,  Barbara Chamberlin will share their experiences in app distribution (including distribution and use numbers), approach for determining what kinds of apps make sense for our programs. Participants will be better able to estimate costs for development, anticipate barriers for development and implementation, and guide their institutions in developing a mobile strategy. Other developers are encouraged to join in the conversation, sharing what they have learned in preparing apps for the Apple, Google and Amazon mobile spaces.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Chamberlin

Barbara Chamberlin

Professor, Game Developer, New Mexico State University
Barbara Chamberlin directs game and media development at New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab. The production team works on a variety of content and audiences, most recently completing Math Snacks games for mid school learners (mathsnacks.org). Dr. Chamberlin also conducts research on game-based learning, specializing in formative testing and methodologies for taking products through development with users. Learn more at... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Grande West

11:00am

When Birds Made Us Batty: A case study in managing tough issues across multiple audiences

After all state poultry shows and exhibitions were cancelled by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan State University Extension communicators and educators worked with industry and regulatory partners to develop a comprehensive plan to address the ban’s implications on 4-H while maintaining consumer confidence in poultry products.

Join us as we share our experiences--what we did right, and what we wish we could do over again to manage the issue before it became a crisis. We’ll walk through the key partners involved in planning and disseminating a strategic plan that put 4-H’ers on the front lines of keeping this devastating disease out of Michigan. Learn how we got the word out to youth and adult audiences, via more than 30 media outlets,  20,000 social media views and 14,500 website visits, created viable alternatives to live poultry shows and increased participation in county fair poultry events.

Learn how the team evaluated the situation from the public perception, and the tools they used--FAQ’s for the general public, talking points for staff to use with 4-H families, and a poster for the general public -- to ensure there was no panic when people saw empty poultry barns at fairs.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Ockert

Katie Ockert

4-H Animal Science Educator, Michigan 4-H Youth Develo
My name is Katie Ockert and I have been with Michigan State University Extension for 10 years. I spent 5 years as a county educator and the remaining 5 as the statewide 4-H Animal Science Educator. In my role, I am responsible for the goat, rabbit/cavy, poultry, and companion animal projects. I also serve on our statewide work teams in science literacy and life skill development. In addition to specific 4-H project responsibilities, I am... Read More →
avatar for Mindy Maxwell Tape

Mindy Maxwell Tape

Communications Manager, Michigan State University Extension


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live Oak

12:00pm

Lunch: On your own
There are no coordinated lunch plans but we suggest you going with others!

Thursday March 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Find a place to eat in San Antonio

1:30pm

Developing the Extension Professional

Improving the performance of Extension professionals was identified by Extension Directors as a major mission of the NEW eXtension. Measurement of professional performance has traditionally focused on one's knowledge of a set of core competencies identified by different groups within Extension.  A current inventory of these competencies finds both inconsistency based on which group of Extension professionals created the list and possible obsolescence (e.g., https://goo.gl/EwYcqt; https://learn.extension.org/events/1073). This session will provide an overview of the competency models currently used in Extension along with a brief exposure to alternative education industry competencies (e.g., http://www.iftf.org/futureworkskills/), and then will turn to gaining input from participants on competencies relevant to the work of issues, innovation, and impact. An online system will be available during the Knowledge Cafe through which participants' can express their suggestions or concerns.


Speakers
avatar for Larry Lippke

Larry Lippke

Online Campus Administrator, eXtension
Primary site administrator for campus.extension.org, and co-leader of professional development for eXtension. Retired 2008 after 30 years of service with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service--17 years as Extension agricultural economist and 13 years as Head of Information Technology. Retired Colonel, US Army Reserve.
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David McArthur

Consultant, Eduworks
EduWorks
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Beth Raney

Professional Development Coordinator / Applications Analyst, Penn State/ eXtension
I'm part of eXtension & Penn State Extension for many years. I'm interested in social learning and Working Out Loud.
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Elliot Robson

VP of Operations and Research, EduWorks


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Rio Grande Center

1:30pm

Engaging Today's Youth

It’s no mystery that youth have many options today when it comes to filling up their time. With the long-standing history and impact the 4-H program has had on youth, what draws youth to an organization has changed and evolved over time. As a result, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program has taken a great interest in what it takes to engage youth of today in the programs it has to offer. Participants will learn about the strategies taken to engage youth in the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and how those strategies can be applied to enhance participation.


Speakers
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Chris Boleman

Assistant Director and 4-H Program Director - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
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Courtney Dodd

Assistant State Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist - 4-H Youth Development


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Blanco

1:30pm

Needs Assessments: Where do you look for emerging issues?

The top 10 web searches for Google in 2015 were about music, movies, and terroristic acts (interesting but not helpful).  Where can we find emerging issues that Extension can address? We will explore data from google analytics, Google Trends, Google News Alerts, University News Services, Facebook Trends, Twitter Moments, BuzzFeed, and the 2016 Horizon Report.  Where can we find the pulse on hot topics?  Where have you looked?  We will also breifly discuss Makerspaces, Working out Loud, and the Internet of Things to try to understand better where these ideas are going.  Lastly, we will use the TCFF model from Texas to examine how to look for areas of overlap and create an action plan.


Speakers
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Todd Hurt

University of Georgia
University of Georgia
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Amanda Tedrow

University of Georgia



Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Rio Grande West

1:30pm

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round: Combating Employee Turnover by Innovating Training

An increase in Extension employee turnover is a threat to the strength of local relationships and therefore program impact. Research shows that retention is significantly influenced by how equipped an employee feels they are to successfully fulfill their job expectations and how connected they feel to the people they work with and the work that they do. This puts greater emphasis on the need and format of Extension employee training.  How do you tackle this with increasing job demands and limited time? Old-fashioned bus trips. Twenty Ohio Extension employees loaded a bus to go to a conference and walked away saying the bus experience was the best professional development initiative they had participated in for years. Outcomes included: 100% of attendees felt they built stronger relationships with Ohio colleagues and gained programming ideas; more than 90% of attendees stated that they gained program management ideas, felt refreshed, found informal solutions to challenges they were facing, and identified new project partnerships. This session will share unique aspects of the bus trip that made it so successful and future plans to continue this training format, as well as a discussion on alternative training solutions others have found that effectively improve employee retention.


Speakers
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Katie Feldhues

Ohio State University Extension


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Live Oak

1:30pm

Twitter Scraping Tool

The aim of the Twitter Scraping Tool was to create an online platform that serves as an early notification system for crop pests, diseases and environmental factors. The platform outputs are targeted to relevant experts and track the occurrence of pest, disease and environmental factors noticed and logged by trusted experts and key individuals in the field. This online asset is scalable, robust and stable as well as being flexible to grow as the scope of work expands, technology and ideas improve.

Specifically:

-  The tool gathers (scrapes) data from the twitter platform. The data that will be gathered in the first instance includes: Crop, Disease, Pest, Abiotic factors and Location if available, along with the date and time of tweets.

-  It has ability to retrospectively analyse Twitter to enable sampling of report-rich timeframes – especially for case study or proof of concept purposes.  

-  If an image is uploaded, this is stored for future records and observation.  

-  The tool will display the twitter user’s profile name (twitter handle) and allow them to be categorized as  a Verified, Trusted or Unknown reporter. This determines the display ranking on the data feed, where experts are shown 1st and unknowns are shown last. User status infer the data quality.  User’s status  be able to be updated from unknown to trusted or expert status, as their expertise increases.  

-  A reporting dashboard collates data based on the number of pings and status’ of a twitter handle allowing data range sorting.  

-  Data is sampled according to Twitter’s sampling restrictions.

-  The platform supports multi-tenancy, is easy to navigate, quick to load and can be used on mobile devices.

Speakers
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Kellyanne Harris

Program Manager Grains Industry Networks, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Australia
Kellyanne has 16 years experience in public sector development and extension in Australia, including roles in the grains and red meat industries as well as roles in attracting young people to agriculture. | | Kellyanne currently mentors and supervises staff whilst overseeing the management of several grains industry funded development and extension programs including eXtensionAUS, Push Notifications, CropSafe & the Winter Crop Summary. She... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Pecan

1:30pm

What did you do with the Money? - Impact Statements

Increasingly, impact statements are expected for publicly funded work. They allow us to describe our work in powerful, succinct language, but many of us struggle to write them. In this workshop we will provide key concepts and approaches to documenting impacts. Participants should bring draft impact statements to strengthen based on workshop content. All of the participants will leave the workshop with more focused statements describing the impact of their work. http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/research/writing-and-reporting-effectively/creating-powerful-impact-statements


Speakers
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Linda Brewer

Oregon State University


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Rio Grande East

2:45pm

Break
Networking break

Thursday March 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Rio Grande Foyer

3:15pm

Empowering Economic Improvement through Clothing and Textile Knowledge

Economic improvement for low-income Americans is an issue that touches rural and urban areas alike. Clothing is a common element for all humans, however clothing and textile education has received little attention for several decades. Consequently, consumers lack the knowledge to make properly informed decisions about the purchase, care, and maintenance of clothing. Another unfortunate byproduct of this situation is the overabundance of low-priced, low-quality clothing that is discarded (Ruppert-Stroescu, LeHew, Armstrong, and Connell, 2015).

This session will begin with the top 10 misconceptions about clothing, and provide tools to transform unusable textile products into a viable means of projecting a professional image, and contributing to a confident, productive lifestyle. Participants will be empowered to change personal consumption habits, improve appearance, and increase disposable income. They will be able to communicate that through the application of clothing and textile knowledge people can save money, improve chances of employment, enhance opportunities for job advancement, and cultivate practices that will contribute to a sustainable future.

Ruppert-Stroescu, M., LeHew, M. L., Armstrong, C. M., & Connell, K. Y. H. (2015). Creativity and Sustainable Fashion Apparel Consumption: The Fashion Detox (vol 33, pg 167, 2015). CLOTHING AND TEXTILES RESEARCH JOURNAL, 33(4), NP1-NP1.


Speakers
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Mary Ruppert-Stroescu

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
I teach and do research at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising. My professional fashion design and entrepreneurship experience in the US, Europe, and North Africa provide a background for teaching about creativity and fashion design and researching about wearable electronic textile sensing systems and sustainable textiles. Extension in Illinois was a big part of my youth, for myself (4-H) and for my... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Blanco

3:15pm

Engaging Military Family Support Professionals through Virtual Learning Events

Through the Military Families Learning Network, a series of innovative virtual learning events (VLEs) were implemented in fall 2015 focusing on actively engaging participants. Over the course of three highly interactive webinars, military family support professionals learned and shared ideas on the topics of 1) new strategies for engaging families, 2) cultural competence, and 3) compassion fatigue. The webinars featured case studies and practitioner panels to highlight issues and lessons. In addition, the webinars were integrated with a series of podcasts focusing on mindfulness and its relationship to each of the VLE themes. In this session, best practices are shared in context of planning, implementation and evaluation.


Speakers
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Alicia Cassels

West Virginia University
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Christopher Plein

West Virginia University


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Pecan

3:15pm

Engaging Volunteers Virtually

Volunteers are greatly valued for the leadership and expertise they bring to Extension programs. With trained, equipped and empowered volunteers, Extension programs can only expand in their capacity and reach more people. Historically, we have expected volunteers to “come to us” for training and resources. However, with today’s full schedules and multiple demands and obligations, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program has changed their approach to go to the volunteers. Since November 2013, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program has organized the Virtual Volunteer Conference to provide training and resources to volunteers. These online trainings have proven to be a cost-effective way to reach and train more volunteers, providing them with education and resources needed to LEAD 4-H programs in their communities. Participants of this fast-paced session will learn about the transition Texas made in its training approach, the impact of these virtual trainings and how they can replicate the program in their state.


Speakers
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Chris Boleman

Assistant Director and 4-H Program Director - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
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Courtney Dodd

Assistant State Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist - 4-H Youth Development


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Rio Grande East

3:15pm

Global Thinking, Local Programming: Analyzing the context for issues programming

Nationally extension services are working with a kaleidoscope of communities. Pew Research Foundation states that by 2050, the majority of the country will not be of white, European descent. In addition, international trade is a major part of the economy across the country. This increasing heterogeneity and global interactions requires programs integrating global dynamics and cultural knowledge as critical content areas for extension educators.

UM Extension inventoried the skills and programs incorporating global dynamics and cultural knowledge. The result is the story educating customers and internal stakeholders of the importance of global issues. The resulting packet is used in professional development programs to assist UM Extension staff to interact and program within this kaleidoscope of communities.

The Knowledge Café will present a summary of UM Extension’s Global Initiatives story and share resources for educators to dig into data to analyze locally, the diversity within communities where they work.

During this workshop, UM Extension will demonstrate the educational packet detailing the importance for Minnesota to be strong and knowledgeable in global connections.  Resources will be shared for other states to develop their packet foundation. The packet one develops conveys the value for internationalizing programs locally based on global dynamics. 


Speakers
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John Vreyens

University of Minnesota Extension


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Rio Grande Center

3:15pm

Mental Health- Accommodating, Assisting and Educating our Clientele

Addiction, anxiety, depression, self-harm, teen suicide; these issues have been media buzzwords in recent years and all fall under the issue of mental health.  According to a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in five adults in the United States reports experiencing a mental health disorder (2011.)  That equates to approximately 46 million adults and does not account for youth.  Mental disorders can develop at any age, but according to Archives of General Psychiatry half of mental disorders begin by age 14.  Extension professionals are in contact with mental disorders daily and knowing how to accommodate and assist those with mental disorders is paramount to fulfilling extension’s mission.

In this knowledge cafe, participants will be given an overview of mental health issues and learn the Mental Health First Aid ALGEE method.  Participants will use small groups and Poll Everywhere to discuss how Extension can accommodate those with mental disorders, incorporate mental health education into programming, and practice using the ALGEE method through scenarios.  Extension Professionals will gain a greater understanding of mental health, action steps for assisting in mental health crisis, and ideas on how to promote positive mental health to clientele. 


Speakers
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Jami Dellifield

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County
Jami Cavinee Dellifield is proud to be the newest addition to the Hardin County Extension Staff. Jami joined the team on October 5, 2015 as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. Jami was born and raised in Hardin County, and graduated from Riverdale High School in 1990. Jami is a 1994 graduate of Ohio Northern University (BA, Psychology— Minor,Communications) and a 2002 graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MA, Christian... Read More →
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Katie Feldhues

Ohio State University Extension
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Amanda Raines

The Ohio State University


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Live Oak

3:15pm

The Future of Citizen Science in eXtension

Citizen science, also known as volunteer monitoring, is an innovative approach to advancing research, learning, and civic engagement. Although the practice is not new, its use has rapidly expanded over the past 5 years. Attention to citizen science has recently been garnered at the highest levels, with the White House highlighting citizen science as a means of Open Innovation and working to remove barriers to its use in federal agency contexts (including USDA-NIFA).

Despite this recent attention and rapid expansion, citizen science within the Cooperative Extension Service seems to remain fractured. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, New York Cooperative Extension 4-H, and the eXtension Community of Practice for Citizen Science conducted a survey of citizen science in Extension contexts. We discuss opportunities for connections within and across land grant institutions, with community partners and other citizen science groups across the country. Discussion will focus on how eXtension can serve a role in connecting expertise to speed innovation in the field of citizen science and professional research communities. We also discuss ways to use eXtension to maximize impacts by supporting access to data by local communities for their own analysis and use.


Speakers
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Alexa Maille

New York Cooperative Extension 4-H
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Jennifer Shirk

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Katie Stofer

Research Assistant Professor, STEM Education and Outreach, University of Florida
I am the 2015-16 eXtension Innovation Fellow in Citizen Science. I'm also a researcher and extension specialist in Ag-STEM Education and public engagement with agriscience. I'm working to re-connect agriculture and STEM disciplines within and outside of school settings, including connecting people with research.


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Rio Grande West

4:30pm

NeXC Reception
This reception will be an opportunity for everyone to hear from the i-Three Issue Corps members at Conversation Stations throughout the reception.

In addition, eXtension Highlights: Professional Peformance Hub/Catalog, Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator, eXtension Services - Learn, Ask an Expert, etc.

Beverages and cash bar beginning at 4:30
Reception food at 5:00 - 6:30  

Thursday March 24, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Regency Ballroom East

6:30pm

Dinner: On your own
There are no coordinated dinner plans but we suggest going with others!

Thursday March 24, 2016 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Find a place to eat in San Antonio
 
Friday, March 25
 

6:45am

Breakfast: Buffet
Breakfast time!

Friday March 25, 2016 6:45am - 7:30am
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:00am

Registration Open: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Registration/Check-in:  The conference will begin with a receptionTuesday evening and conclude on Friday prior to lunch.  Conference registration/nametag pick-up, will be available Tuesday, 3/22 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom Foyer, and remain open through the duration of conference hours.  Please reference the conference schedule online for additional information.



Friday March 25, 2016 7:00am - 11:00am
Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:45am

Ignite Talk: Designing a Multilingual Self-Paced Course in eXtension Moodle
Ignite Talk: Designing a Multilingual Self-Paced Course in eXtension Moodle, by Gwyn Shelle, Michigan State University Extension.

Moderators
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Christine Geith

CEO, eXtension Foundation
CEO, eXtension Foundation

Speakers
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Gwyn Shelle

Michigan State University


Friday March 25, 2016 7:45am - 7:50am
Regency Ballroom East

7:55am

Ignite Talk: Moderate and Low Cost Solutions for Engaging Audiences with Wearable Technologies
Ignite talk: Moderate and Low Cost Solutions for Engaging Audiences with Wearable Technologies, by Aaron Yoder, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Ag Safety and Health community

Speakers
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Aaron Yoder

Assistant Professor, UNMC - Central States Center for Ag Safety and Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Friday March 25, 2016 7:55am - 8:00am
Regency Ballroom East

8:00am

Michelle Rodgers, ECOP Chair, "Overall Vision from ECOP on Innovation in the System"
Michelle Rodgers, PhD is the ECOP (Extension Committee on Policy) Chair and Director of Cooperative Extension and Outreach at the University of Delaware

Speakers
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Michelle Rodgers, PhD

Michelle Rodgers, PhD, Chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and Associate Director Cooperative Extension and Outreach at the University of Delaware.


Friday March 25, 2016 8:00am - 8:05am
Regency Ballroom East

8:00am

Capnote: Tom Fox, "Innovation in Extension - A Call to Action"
Capstone sspeaker on Friday, March 25, is Tom Fox, Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service. He oversees the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership (CGL) and growing portfolio on innovation in government.  

Speakers
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Tom Fox

Tom Fox, Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service where he oversees the Center for Government Leadership (CGL) and the Partnership’s growing portfolio around innovation in government. He also writes the FedCoach column for The Washington Post. Reflecting on the challenges of innovation, he comments, “I find that too many people give up too easily. If you’re certain your idea is worth... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Regency Ballroom East

8:45am

Innovation Task Force: Reaction to and Summary of Capstone
Launch of the ECOP Innovation Task Force, "Buidling Extension Culture of Innovation" by way of their reaction and summary of the capstone speech.

Innovation Task Force members include:
  • Chair – Keith L. Smith – Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Communications, Education and Leadership.   The Ohio State University
  • Doug Steele – Director of Extension, Texas Agri-life
  • Tom Fox – Vice President,  Leadership and Innovation , Partnership for Public Service
  • Jamie Seger –  Program Director, technology innovation, The Ohio State University
  • Chris Geith – CEO - eXtension
  • William F. Brown – Dean and Director, Experiment station, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Paul Hill – County Educator, Assistant Professor (4-H), Utah State University
  • Bradd Anderson – State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, University of Missouri
  • L. Washington – Executive Director, 1890 institutions
  • Brian Higginbotham – Associate VP and Director, Utah StateUniversity
  • Deborah L. Sheely -  Director of Extension, University of Rhode Island
  • Jenny Rees – ANR Educator – University of Nebraska
  • Hunter McBrayer, Urban Regional Agricultural Agent,  Alabama A&M University
 

Moderators
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Christine Geith

CEO, eXtension Foundation
CEO, eXtension Foundation

Speakers
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Keith L. Smith, PhD

Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
Keith L. Smith, PhD, retired Director of Cooperative Extension at The Ohio State University, a strong advocate for innovation in the Cooperative Extension System and Chair of the new ECOP Innovation Task Force, a follow-up of the Cooperative Extension System Innovation Inventory, which he also chaired.


Friday March 25, 2016 8:45am - 9:15am
Regency Ballroom East

9:15am

Break
Break to move to the next session location.

Friday March 25, 2016 9:15am - 9:30am
TBA

9:30am

Atlas: A New Age for Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension is implementing a comprehensive, innovative new strategy – called Atlas- to modernize our business model in this new age of digital information and changing customer expectations. Atlas integrates business best practices and modern technologies to enhance and maximize customer interactions, satisfaction and stakeholder relationships. We are seamlessly integrating our comprehensive portfolio of educational products, e-commerce and marketing, registration tools, and customer relationship management into the daily workflow providing our customers easy access to Extension programs and information and our leadership real time data to drive decision-making within the organization. Our peers have defined Atlas as “setting the model that will save Extension in all 50 states!” We will discuss the strategy and goals, process, and platforms as well as lessons learned and will demo the prototype of the new website due to launch in July 2016.


Speakers
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Jon Emigh

Associate Director of Operations, Penn State University
Associate Director of Operations
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Mary Wirth

Penn State College of Ag Sciences


Friday March 25, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Rio Grande East

9:30am

Building More Reflection and Engagement into your Teaching and Programming

Reflection is essential for learning. In order to “make meaning” of an experience, the learner must have opportunity to reflect on, or process the experience.  As educators wanting to help program participants transfer the learning or the training experience into real-world application, we must be intentional about both engaging the learner and creating opportunity for meaningful reflection.  

This workshop will provide a variety of strategies and tools to help you increase engagement and reflection in workshops and programs, and to facilitate participatory evaluation which can be used for program improvement. (Note that 'reflection' is often used interchangeably with the terms debriefing, processing, reviewing, or reflective learning).

The tools have been used successfully with adults and youth, and participants will receive a CD compilation of all 3 booklets published. They reflect multiple intelligences and various learning styles. In an upbeat, fun learning environment, participants will actively engage in individual, small and large group experiences, with reflective learning tools that take 20 minutes or less.

It is vital that we see reflection not as that 'thing' that comes at the end of a workshop or program, but something intentional we do throughout our programs to create meaning and value in learning.

Learning Objectives

- understand the critical role of reflective learning and gain new strategies for building reflection opportunities into individual or group learning experiences

-  experience tested, successful, “hands-on” activities that can be used to build reflection, incorporate participatory evaluation, & strengthen engagement

- enhance their educational design and facilitation skills, using

Experiential approaches that support transfer of learning

Participants will hear research from the following (as well as others): Pyramid of Program Quality - David P. Weikart Center; Experiential Learning Model (https://www.bookstores.umn.edu/viewProduct.cgi?productID=35570#.VoVZjU3rupp); Redmond, S., & Dolan, P. (2014) Towards a conceptual model of youth leadership development. Child & Family Social Work.


Speakers
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Anita Harris Hering

University of MN Extension
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Betsy Olson

University of MN Extension
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Anne Stevenson

University of MN Extension


Friday March 25, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Rio Grande Center

9:30am

The Unmanned Aircraft “i-Three Air Corps” Needs You: Are You Ready to be a Pilot and Chart New Directions for Agriculture Stakeholders and Youth?
Unmanned aircraft are viewed as a ‘disruptive technology’ that have the potential to revolutionize agricultural production and make meaningful contributions to food systems security and sustainability, amidst a variety of anthropogenic, biotic, and climatic threats and challenges. The fundamental premise is that unmanned aircraft (UA) will provide an unparalleled opportunity to place sensor networks across agricultural settings, on a near real-time basis, to support dynamic management of complex production systems. This workshop will provide an opportunity to engage in this rapidly emerging technology. The workshop will include information on: types and attributes of common UA, overview of rules/regulations, and insights into sensor arrays and data processing. An interactive dialogue on STEM and 4-H programming opportunities is also scheduled, and a variety of UA will be available to explore from a “first hand” perspective. The workshop will wrap-up with hands-on flight, providing participants with an opportunity to fly unmanned aircraft.  Participants will earn an honorary “eXtension i-Three Corps Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Certificate”, and will be recruited to engage in the development of a new youth curriculum focused on UA. This workshop and subsequent curriculum development will take place in partnership with the eXtension Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture Learning Network (www.learnuasag.org).

The group will all meet in Pecos to begin the workshop, then split for the activities. Some will be directed to Rio Grande West.  

Speakers
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Jim Robbins

University of Arkansas
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Dharmendra Saraswat

Purdue University
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Wayne Woldt

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Friday March 25, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Pecos

11:15am

Post-Conference: eXtension Staff Meeting
Conference recap, working lunch

Moderators
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Anne Mims Adrian

eXtension & Auburn
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Christine Geith

CEO, eXtension Foundation
CEO, eXtension Foundation

Friday March 25, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
Live Oak

11:15am

Post-Conference: eXtension Foundation Board Meeting
eXtension Foundation Board meeting with lunch

Speakers

Friday March 25, 2016 11:15am - 1:15pm
Mesquite

11:15am

Post-Conference: ECOP Innovation Task Force Meeting
Meeting of members of the Innovation Task Force with lunch.

Moderators
avatar for Keith L. Smith, PhD

Keith L. Smith, PhD

Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
Keith L. Smith, PhD, retired Director of Cooperative Extension at The Ohio State University, a strong advocate for innovation in the Cooperative Extension System and Chair of the new ECOP Innovation Task Force, a follow-up of the Cooperative Extension System Innovation Inventory, which he also chaired.

Friday March 25, 2016 11:15am - 2:15pm
Pecan