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Langworthy, Sara – Journal of Extension, 2017
The growth of online video provides a tremendous opportunity for Extension professionals to expand the reach of educational content. Through repurposing existing content, we at the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium created several brief educational videos that address pressing challenges for children and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Extension Education, Social Media, Computer Uses in Education
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Koch, Paul L.; Soldat, Douglas J.; Horgan, Brian P.; Bauer, Samuel J.; Patton, Aaron J. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Increasing costs and decreasing numbers of university Extension faculty have made it difficult to provide quality turfgrass short course education. In response, faculty from nine institutions collaborated to develop the Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science. This 12-week online course provides students with unique learning experiences through a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Programs, College Science, Program Development
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Strauss, Andrea Lorek; Rager, Amy – Journal of Extension, 2017
Extension master volunteer programs, such as master naturalist and master gardener, often focus heavily on volunteer education. The model presented here describes the full life cycle of a master volunteer's experience in the program, putting education in the context of other essential program components. By zooming out to a wide-angle view of the…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Extension Education, Recruitment, Motivation
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Chazdon, Scott; Meyer, Nathan; Mohr, Caryn; Troschinetz, Alexis – Journal of Extension, 2017
The public value poster session is a new tool for effectively demonstrating and reporting the public value of Extension programming. Akin to the research posters that have long played a critical role in the sharing of findings from academic studies, the public value poster provides a consistent format for conveying the benefits to society of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Evaluation, Educational Benefits, Capacity Building
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Rice, Joshua E.; Rugg, Bradley; Davis, Sharon – Journal of Extension, 2016
Youth involved in 4-H projects have been engaged in science-related endeavors for years. Since 2006, 4-H has invested considerable resources in the advancement of science learning. The new Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge program challenges 4-H youth to work together to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and to…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Problems, Community Programs
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Smalkoski, Kari; Axtell, Sara; Zimmer, Jeanne; Noor, Ibrahim – Journal of Extension, 2016
Generic outreach approaches are commonly used to target as many individuals as possible in a cultural community to achieve a greater response rate. However, this one-size-fits-all tactic is rarely effective. Community-engaged outreach practices have been successful with immigrant communities in Minnesota's Twin Cities. When practitioners,…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Immigrants, Community Programs, Extension Agents
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Hachfeld, Gary A.; Mahnken, Curtis L.; Holcomb, C. Robert; Bau, Dave B.; Berning, Elizabeth R. – Journal of Extension, 2016
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) is a critical part of the economic safety net for U.S. crop and dairy producers through 2018. Passage of the Farm Bill marked a change in philosophy regarding producer and landowner decisions about program choices. The shift was away from nearly 20 years of fixed annual payments based on historical…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Agricultural Occupations, Agriculture, Decision Making
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Chazdon, Scott; Horntvedt, Jody; Templin, Elizabeth – Journal of Extension, 2016
It is challenging to document the behavior changes that result from Extension programming. This article describes an evaluation method we call the "action items method." Unlike other approaches for measuring behavior change, this method requires program participants to define their own action plans as part of a program and then asks them…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Extension Education, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
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Reichenbach, Michael R. – Journal of Extension, 2016
How Extension fosters social change and innovation can be improved through the use of theory-based educational models. Educational models can serve as foundations for the conceptual designs of educational interventions. I describe, using examples from my own work, one such model: the awareness, solidarity, and action model. This three-part model…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Social Change, Innovation, Models
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Ramsay, Jennifer M.; Hanna, Lauren L. Hulsman; Ringwall, Kris A. – Journal of Extension, 2016
One goal of Extension is to provide practical information that makes a difference to producers. Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) has provided beef producers with production benchmarks for 30 years, creating a large historical data set. Many such large data sets contain useful information but are underutilized. Our goal was to create…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Information Dissemination, Agricultural Occupations, Agricultural Education
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Scott, Siri; Grant, Samantha; Nippolt, Pamela Larson – Journal of Extension, 2015
With young people, discussing complex issues such as learning and leading in a focus group can be a challenge. To help prime youth for the discussion, we created a focus group approach that featured a fun, interactive activity. This article includes a description of the focus group activity, lessons learned, and suggestions for additional…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Middle School Students, Youth Programs, Group Activities
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Herman, Margo; Grant, Samantha – Journal of Extension, 2015
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development made an organizational decision in 2011 to invest in a system-wide approach to implement youth program quality into the 4-H program using the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool. This article describes the four key components to the Minnesota Youth Program Quality…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Program Improvement, Models, Educational Quality
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Radke, Barbara; Chazdon, Scott – Journal of Extension, 2015
Many public issues are becoming more complex, interconnected, and cannot be resolved by one individual or entity. Research shows an informed decision is not enough. Addressing these issues requires authentic civic engagement (deliberative dialogue) with the public to reach resourceFULLâ„¢ decisions--a decision based on diverse sources of information…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Access to Information, Outreach Programs, Extension Education
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Wilsey, David; Dover, Sally – Journal of Extension, 2014
Personal food system mapping is a practical means to engage community participants and educators in individualized and shared learning about food systems, decisions, and behaviors. Moreover, it is a useful approach for introducing the food system concept, which is somewhat abstract. We developed the approach to capture diversity of personal food…
Descriptors: Food, Food Service, Foods Instruction, Community Services
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Burns, Connie S.; Schroeder, Mary M. – Journal of Extension, 2014
A modified flipped classroom model was used to present content on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) to Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs). CNEs read the DGA prior to discussions at staff meetings. The purpose of the readings and discussions was to increase knowledge of the DGA and offer strategies for applying these concepts…
Descriptors: Staff Development, Teaching Methods, Guidelines, Dietetics
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