Designing Your Formal Digital Learning Portfolio: Webinar Series

New this fall to our Lunch and Learn Series, Purdue Extension, Ohio State Extension and the CFAES eTeam are partnering together to jointly offer topics and ideas to improve your online credit and non-credit offerings. We invite you to join these sessions to network with colleagues within and beyond your institutional walls. Join from the comfort of your own office, home office or even your phone! All sessions will be recorded, so even if you are unable to join live, do register so that you can receive the recording link.


eBooks: Adding Interactivity to Text-based Content and Repackaging for Added Mileage

Monday, September 30th at noon EST

Deana Namuth-Covert (OSU) and Amy Kohmetscher (OSU)

Do you have some great extension factsheets or academic course text that has been a good resource for your audience/students, yet you have this nagging feeling that learners are not grasping the take home points very well? Or maybe you would like to repackage materials into an engaging self-learning medium? In this session we will look at two case studies where digital books were created for two undergraduate agronomy courses using the tool “Pressbooks”, in part utilizing other extension resource content along with added instructor content. We will give you the opportunity to explore these two digital book examples and will highlight key interactive elements which are also ADA accessible. We will wrap up by showing you the instructor side of the tool, where the books are created. Click here to register for webinar.



Engaging Online Audiences

Monday, October 28th at noon EST

Danae Wolfe (OSU) and Ryan Wynkoop (Purdue)

There are many reasons to use audience engagement tools in Extension and academic programming. Whether you want to gather instant feedback during a presentation or check participants’ knowledge before and after the event, there are several tools you can use to simplify the process and make the learning event more meaningful. This presentation will take you beyond simple polling and discuss how an audience engagement tool can be used to teach and develop relationships with participants before, during, and after an event. Click here to register for webinar.


What Exactly is an Online “Course” or “Module?”

Friday, November 8th at noon EST

Amy Kohmetscher (OSU) and Ryan Wynkoop (Purdue)

It is easy to think about a “course” only in terms of a semester long learning event we all remember from our own student days. With educational technologies we can now repurpose learning content to meet a wider variety of educational needs that our students and clientele have. We will look at examples from both Purdue and Ohio State University where a face to face extension workshop was converted to an online academic credit course, as well as the opposite where a credit course was converted to online non-credit modules for workforce development. In this session we will also give you the opportunity to login to an example of an online class to sit in the “student seat” and experience the environment from your audience’s perspective. Click here to register for webinar.


Accessibility in Extension and Higher Education

Monday, November 18th at noon EST

Megan Fogel (OSU) and Laura Akgerman (OSU)

First half of program: Accessibility of Digital Content
As public institutions, we have a responsibility to create and disseminate content that is accessible to all audiences. Creating accessible content means reducing barriers to content consumption and comprehension. Examples include ensuring that screen readers can easily read written text aloud, assigning alternate text to graphics so they may be appropriately described, and including captions with video content. This portion of the webinar will cover the basics of creating accessible digital content and cover our legal obligations in offering content that is accessible to all audiences.

Second half of program: Accessibility of Physical Spaces
Extension hosts events and trainings all year long, indoors, outdoors, at university venues, and in public and private spaces – field days, workshops, farmer’s markets, county fairs, AgriTourism and more. When planning Extension events, it is important to consider how to make your event accessible to people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that requires businesses and events to be accessible to everyone, of all abilities. Having accessible entrances, facilities and programs not only benefits the those who have a disability, it also makes businesses and events welcoming to everyone. Providing access is more than getting people through the gate, it also includes advertising, parking, programming, restrooms and more. Click here to register for webinar.


Questions or comments?

Contact Danae Wolfe

Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 8:30am-4:30pm (lunch provided)
The Ohio State University | Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive | Columbus, Ohio 43210

Presenter: M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, Founder (BIOAtKisson Training Group
This workshop contains a number of different approaches to the material, including lecture format, “in-classroom / flipped classroom,” quizzes, and participant-lead instruction. Our presenter focuses on both the why and the how, turning conceptual ideas about the elements of successful proposals into concrete strategies.

Participants have two handouts. One contains most of the PowerPoint slides. The other contains text for “Study Hall” portions of the day, some example texts to follow during the discussion, graphics of the recommended timeline, theoretical framework for the proposal, and a suggested outline for the Overview page.

Some of the topics include:

  • What goes in a grant proposal
  • Integrating your work and your grant proposal
  • Choosing a grant type and Idea Development
  • Actual timeline for planning and writing your proposal
  • Talking with program officer
  • Review of your proposal
  • The front page – how to draft a solid, compelling Overview
  • Selling the Significance/Impact
  • Describing the plan, literature, preliminary work, title & abstract, team, environment, and the costs
  • Writing and formatting – how style impacts the communication of substance