Connect Extension Weekly Digest: May 18, 2020



Connect Extension Weekly Digest: May 18, 2020

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Don’t forget, the deadline for the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest is coming up next Monday, May 25th! Each month, Farm Journal will select story leads from across Cooperative Extension to further develop, and publish in Farm Journal media. Learn more in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group.

We invite eXtension members to join us for a virtual chat on May 22nd from 1 PM – 2 PM ET to learn more about the basic considerations of online learning and instructional design. This virtual chat is led by Elise Lofgren, Instructional Designer, Purdue Unviersity.  Members can learn more here

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join a virtual town hall on May 1st from 1 PM – 2PM ET about Hurricane Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19. Learn more here.

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ICYMI: Recent Posts

Q&A from “The Joy of Search Webinar”
(Technology in Extension Education Group)
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation

Many of you joined us for The Joy of Search:  Augmenting Intelligence by Teaching People How to Search webinar, which was offered by Dr. Dan Russell, a senior scientist at Google. Because there were so many Q&As, Dan was unable to get to all of them…Learn More

Zoom Resources & Upcoming Webinar
(Technology in Extension Education Group)
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation

I’ve been posting quite a lot about Zoom, but did want to share (and repost, in one case) some valuable resources. First of all, a reminder that we’ll be offering “How to Host Engaging Webinars: Advanced Topics” on Monday 5/18…Learn More

Research: How (and why) Coronavirus is Changing our Sense of Time
(Technology in Extension Education Group)

Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation

Last week I posted a link to an article about how to combat Zoom fatigue. Like many, I’m struggling with Zoom fatigue at the end of the day. But I’m also losing track of time; this has been reported widely in the media (and I’m also hearing it anecdotally from others). But I wondered why…Learn More

NEW Monthly Story Lead Contest: Your Chance to Get Published in Farm Journal!
eXtension Foundation 

The eXtension Foundation, in partnership with Farm Journal, is pleased to bring this opportunity to Cooperative Extension. Each month, we will offer a story lead contest right here in Connect Extension in the new Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators…Learn More

Western Farmer Cover Crop Survey
Lauren Golden, University of Idaho

Please help us send an important survey to farmers in your network. The University of Idaho, Oregon State University, and Boise State University, on behalf of the Western Cover Crops Council are conducting a survey to improve understanding of cover crop use throughout the U.S….Learn More

COVID-19 Wellness Behavior Survey
Sara Elnakib, Rutgers University

You are invited to take part in a research study that is being conducted by Alex DelCollo, a Senior Program Coordinator, Sara Elnakib, an Assistant Professor, in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Cooperative Extension, Family and Community Health Sciences Department at Rutgers University…Learn More

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Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
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How To Host Engaging Webinars: Advanced Topics
May 18th, 2020, 2 PM – 3:30 PM ET

The COVID-19 crisis means that Extension professionals are using webinars even more frequently to extend knowledge and information. Creating engaging online learning experiences for our clientele and peers is critical to our success in this new virtual environment. If you’ve already completed The Basics webinar, we invite you to join us for this advanced topic webinar…Learn More

Basic Considerations in Online Learning & Instructional Design (Virtual Chat)
May 22nd, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting challenges – and opportunities – for Extension professionals who need to bring their programs into a virtual environment. With few resources at hand and time of the essence, we need to find ways to create online learning experiences that are both efficient and effective…Learn More 

Learn Calendar Webinars
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals

National Urban Extension Leaders North-Central Regional Network Conference
May 18th & 19th, 2020, 10 AM – 1:30 PM ET

This event is open to any Extension Professional from any region of the country. Each day will start with a plenary session followed by two breakout sessions. 20 presentations in the breakout sessions will be held across five separate thematic rooms and will feature programmatic efforts of urban Extension Professionals from across the region…Learn More

Introduction to Groundwater, Watersheds, and Groundwater Sustainability Plans – An Online Short Course
May 21st, 2020, 12 PM – 3 PM ET

Understanding groundwater and watersheds and how we monitor, assess, and sustainably manage these resources is critical and integral to California Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and other water management programs. Private citizens, professionals, decision makers, executives, agency employees, and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds…Learn More 

Hurricane Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19
May 21st, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

Hurricane Preparedness in the Wake of Covid-19, Virtual Town Hall is co-sponsored by EDEN and eXtension, in collaboration with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC).

Having a shared space to discuss ideas,  best practices, and network is invaluable. The goal of this virtual event is to highlight the work cooperative extension…Learn More