Welcome to OSU Extension! As a new Extension employee, you have already been subscribed to this blog! You’ll receive updates in your inbox as we post information about how to effectively integrate technology into Extension programming. The role of our newly formed Educational Technology unit is to provide you with coaching and hands-on learning experiences. We will the gap between our IT staff who keep tech up, running, and safe – and our colleagues teaching and working in the field around the state. We look forward to working with you!
MEET THE ED TECHS
Currently, Jamie Seger is serving a .50 FTE position at the Program Director for EducationalTechnology. Danae Wolfe is serving as our full-time Educational Technology Specialist. The unit’s first full-time Ed Tech Specialist position was filled in summer of 2015, with plans to hire a second full-time Specialist in the fall of 2015.
Check out a post with background information about the Ed Tech pilot program and an update of the Ed Tech new unit here.
TECH USE & KNOWLEDGE SURVEY
It’s very helpful for us to know how our new employees in the organization currently use technology, as well as know what you all know about technology! Click here to take an important survey about your tech use, knowledge, and skills. Your responses help the Ed Tech unit tailor workshops, coaching opportunities, and information to the needs of an ever-changing organization.
One of the easiest ways to connect with what OSU Extension colleagues, as well as Extension colleagues across the U.S., are doing is through Twitter. If you’re fairly new to Twitter, here’s a primer and here’s the best beginner’s guide I’ve found… and here’s a guide to creating a personal learning network with Twitter (which is what most people use Twitter for).
Who to follow on Twitter:
@FoodAgEnvNews (CFAES & Extension)
@MedFlyGenes (Bruce McPheron, CFAES Dean)
Hashtags to follow & use on Twitter:
Have suggestions for what to add to this Twitter list? Add them in the comments!
Click here to access a 2014 Webinar presented by the Ed Techs on best practices when using Webinars asa teaching tool. You can also get tips for teaching and writing for an online audience at this blog post here. If you’re interesting in how to use and set up a U.OSU.EDU blog, you can find information on that here.
Traditional publications, such as fact sheets, are still being updated, created, and used widely across the Extension organization here in Ohio. However, content that is shareable online and in a digital media format, is becoming a necessity to reach online audiences. Repurposing content within fact sheets is a simple way to get the same credible information out to a modern audience. You can see examples of how OSU Extension colleagues and others across the country are making this transition here and here.
EVALUATING & REPORTING TECH USE
One of the most common questions we’re asked by colleagues who are using technology in their work is: how do I evaluate and report this? In terms of social media, you can get information here on how to find information to report and where to report it. Ohio State is currently in the process of switching to a new reporting system, and we’re working to plan ahead and have more information available in the future for how to to report tech use. The Ed Tech unit is also collaborating with the Promotion and Tenure Committee to work through issues pertaining to the concept of digital scholarship and how digital media fits into the P&T process. If you have any specific questions on this topic you can contact Debby Lewis (Office of Program Development and Evaluation) or one of the Ed Techs.
EXTENSION ED TECH AROUND THE U.S.
For those who want more information about how to share, learn, and collaborate with other Extension colleagues using and interested in technology in Extension, the eXtension Educational Technology Learning Network (co-directed by Jamie Seger) offers these unique opportunities. The #EdTechLN hosts TweetUps on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00pmEST. You can participate in each TweetUp by using twubs.com/edtechln and signing in with your Twitter account information. Use the #EdTechLN hashtag on Twitter to share what you’re using and learn from others. The #EdTechLN is also on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. Or, you can sign up to receive a summary of resources and links in your email inbox or #EdTechLN member listserv emails through eXtension.
More helpful links:
CFAES College Communications Organizational Chart (who to contact for what)
CFAES IT Services Organizational Chart (who to contact for what)
Was this information helpful? What other information do you need from us to help us give you a good experience as a new Extension employee interested in Ed Tech information? Let us know in the comments!