Extension Digital Engagement Webinar Series

All webinars will be recorded and posted on the Extension Ed Tech YouTube channel.

Future Webinar Dates and Topics

All webinars will begin at 10am unless otherwise noted. Stay tuned for registration information.

Podcasting – Monday, April 29th

Danae Wolfe
Podcasting is becoming an increasingly popular medium of entertainment and education for its ease of accessibility and affordability. In this session, participants will learn the basics of getting started with podcasting. From equipment to storyboarding ideas, everyone will leave with inspiration for starting their own Extension podcast. Register here: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HKhzE78CTUKCrJVbWZzQCQ

Getting Started with Zoom – Monday, May 20th

Danae Wolfe
Zoom is a robust digital tool that offers HD quality video-conferencing with screen-sharing capability. From hosting small committee meetings to offering educational webinars, Zoom allows people to connect in from all corners of the state or nation. Additionally, Zoom allows you to record meetings and webinars so even those unable to join live can engage with your content. This webinar will offer best practices for using Zoom to host small video meetings and large educational webinars while showcasing built-in engagement tools like polling, whiteboard, and breakout rooms.

Developing Branded Infographics with Piktochart – Monday, July 29th

Danae Wolfe
Infographics offer a great way to help audiences consume statistic-heavy information in a fun and engaging way. This webinar will introduce participants to the basics of using the free online program, Piktochart, to design and publish branded interactive infographics that can be shared on social media, posted on websites, or printed.

Assessing Impact and Engagement of Digital Learning – Monday, August 5th

Debby Lewis and Danae Wolfe
Evaluating impact is a priority of Extension programs. Assessing the impact of digital content and online learning opportunities is no less important than assessing the impact of traditional face-to-face programs, but it does require a bit more planning and preparation. Evaluation should be fully integrated into the development and design of online learning opportunities. This webinar will offer participants helpful information on incorporating evaluation into formal online learning through online courses and webinars and informal online learning through social media, videos, and e-newsletters.

Accessibility – Monday, September 23rd

Megan Fogel (ODEE)
Megan Fogel, Office of Distance Education and e-Learning (ODEE)
As a public institution, The Ohio State University and OSU Extension have a responsibility to create and disseminate content that is accessible to all audiences. Creating accessible contents 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 webinar will cover the basics of creating accessible digital content and cover OSU’s legal obligations in offering content that is accessible to all audiences.


Questions or comments?

Contact Danae Wolfe

2019 Community Engagement Conference – Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for Ohio State’s second annual Community Engagement Conference, Jan. 23-24, 2019, at the Ohio Union. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to focus on professional development and making connections, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships.

The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Proposals are due by Oct. 3, 2018. All accepted presentations and posters will receive a citable URL in Engaged Scholars (the conference proceedings).

Click here to learn more and submit a proposal.

New Extension Publications Online Store Now Open

The new website, OSU Extension Publications, is now open for business! New and returning customers will need to create an account before ordering publications. Please read the tips below before creating your new account.

  •  Because you are part of CFAES, you will need to contact the Extension Publications unit after you have created your account on the new site so we can add your account to our CFAES customer group. If you have paid on account with us in the past, this will ensure you can continue to do so in the new system and that you continue to receive the discounted price offered to CFAES entities. In this new system, you can also pay using a PCard, if that is a better payment option for you and your department/unit.
  • Click here to create a new account. After creating your account, please call 1-800-678-6114 so we can finalize the setup of your CFAES account.
  • If you create an account and place an order without calling us first, you will not have the option to pay on account, nor will you receive the CFAES discount.

Please note that OSU Extension County offices already have an account set up for them and were sent an email on July 3 with instructions on how to access their accounts. They do not need to call us after logging into their accounts.

As an account user, you will be able to view new orders you have placed, send messages to our customer service team, track shipments, and add multiple shipping addresses. Order history data from our old system will not carry over to the new platform. If you have any questions about order history for your account, please email us at extension-pubs@osu.edu.

If you have questions as you navigate through the new site, please call 1-800-678-6114. Welcome to OSU Extension Publications.


Ohio Celebrates Another Raise Your Hand Campaign Victory

Thanks to everyone who supported National 4-H Council’s “Raise Your Hand” campaign. In all, 17,778 people raised their hand in support of Ohio 4-H youth programming!

Thank you to 4-H members, advisors, faculty, staff, alumni and county Extension offices for sharing the weekly updates and encouraging friends to vote for Ohio 4-H. And a special shout-out to Farm Cred MidAmerica, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Heartland Bank, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Cattleman’s Association for spreading the word.

The $20,000 prize will be shared by the counties with the most “hands raised.” Congratulations to the top five counties–Franklin, Licking, Wayne, Wood, and Butler–whose 4-H programs will each receive $2,000. The remaining prize money will be shared as indicated here.

Thank you for helping make the best better; #4HGrows in Ohio!

2019 Community Engagement Conference

Last year, the Office of Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension co-sponsored the university’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference focused on Health and Wellness.  More than 800 faculty and staff attended the two-day event.  The planning committee included faculty and staff from virtually every college on campus.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event, which will be held January 23-24, 2019.  The theme will be sustainability.  This theme aligns well with the emerging priorities of CFAES and will allow us to demonstrate our leadership in this important area of work.


Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H Youth

The Raise Your Hand campaign has just kicked off again.  We are asking all 4-H alumni and friends to raise their hand by voting for Ohio.

Click here to raise your hand!

The state with the most hands raised wins $20,000 for youth programming. Ohio won last year, and we’re determine to win again this year!  Please help by raising your hand and asking friends and family to do the same.

Ohio SMART Agriculture Programs Throughout Ohio

The Ohio State University Extension is partnering with the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) to host a series of Ohio SMART Agriculture programs. They are encouraging the CFAES community to identify and invite those in your communities from the agricultural, environmental, food security and health fields that can best contribute to the conversation around the future of Ohio SMART Agriculture.

March 5 – Southeast Ohio (Southeast Flyer)

March 8 – Southwest Ohio (Southwest Flyer)

March 14 – Northwest Ohio (Northwest Flyer)

March 15 – Northeast Ohio (Northeast Flyer)

March 16 – Central Ohio (Central Flyer)

Feel free to use and modify the following email invitation and then include the flyer(s) below that reflects the best location(s) for your community stakeholders.

Email invitation:

We would like to invite you to help plan for the future of Ohio Agriculture by attending the Ohio SMART Agriculture program on [INSERT DATE AND LOCATION FROM RELEVANT FLYER HERE].

This meeting is seeking feedback from Ohio producers and agriculture stakeholders to help identify, design, and deploy strategies to support sustainable agriculture in Ohio to feed not only the world, but especially our most vulnerable neighbors right here in Ohio.  The goal is an action plan for resilient agriculture.  Please join us to share your views and recommendations at this forum.  Meet and discuss with fellow stakeholders from the agricultural, environmental, food security and health fields about safeguarding agriculture for Ohio’s future.

There is no cost to attend this meeting!

2018 Community Engagement Conference Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for Ohio State’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference, taking place January 24-25, 2018, in the Ohio Union. Building on the success of the OSU Extension Annual Conference and the university’s Engagement Forum, the conference will bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners to focus on professional development and networking, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships. The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness. Proposals are due October 30, 2017.

Click here to submit a proposal and learn more about the event.

For questions, contact: lewis.485@osu.edu or morrison.332@osu.edu.


OSU Extension Events – New Event Planning Blog Launched

Ohio State University Extension’s event planner, Jared Morrison, is the go-to man for any event you need help with. To make sure he has everything he needs for an event, there are several things you need to know. Therefore, Jared now has a blog dedicated to planning any event you can imagine!

Click here to see his blog, get ideas, and leave suggestions for future posts! You also can access it from go.osu.edu/OSUEvents. Please contact Jared at Morrison.332@osu.edu or his intern, Jessy, at woodworth.50@osu.edu with any questions or suggestions.

Inaugural OSU Extension Internship Program Exhibition

Celebrate the first installment of the OSU Extension Internship Program and learn about the interns’ work experiences. Each of the 13 participants will have a project display and an ignite-style presentation, open for viewing and interaction. Please visit the exhibition to support the interns.

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Nationwide and Ohio farm Bureau 4-H Center
Project viewing: 10 to 11:45 a.m., Main Lobby
Ignite presentations: 1 to 2:30 p.m., International Room

Click here for more information about the OSU Extension Internship Program. Contact Jared Morrison, Morrison.332@osu.edu, if you have questions about the exhibition.

New Process for Purchasing CFAES Publications with a Credit Card

As of July 3, 2017, the CFAES Publications eStore (estore.osu-extension.org) will no longer be able to accept credit card payments through the website. Customers will still place their order using the website; however, after they have submitted their order, they will be prompted to call 1-800-678-6114 to provide their credit card information over the phone to complete their order. Customers may place their order at any time; however, the customer service line will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

This change in process is not permanent, but will remain in effect for several months until a new system for managing the eStore is in place. During this time, the eStore is offering free shipping for any credit card orders totaling up to $100. Visit the eStore “About Us” page for more information.

For county offices of OSU Extension, the ordering and payment process using the CFAES Publications eStore website will remain the same. County offices do not need to call after placing an order.

Even though the ordering process for counties is not changing, county offices should be aware of the new process when they refer their clients to order directly from the eStore.

Raise Your Hand

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three kids says they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni to “raise their hands” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

This campaign encourages individuals from across the nation to self-identify as 4-H alums, and states are competing for a $20,000 award for the most hands raised.  Ohio 4-H has officially taken the lead in the “Raise Your Hand for 4-H” campaign.  Now, let’s not lose the lead. If you are a 4-H alum and you have not yet raised your hand for 4-H, click here to self-identify.

Save the Date: OSU Extension Conference

As a land grant institution, The Ohio State University has the three-part mission of supporting the learning and growth of students, the creation of knowledge, and improving the lives of Ohioans through outreach and community engagement.  OSU Extension provides the structure by which Ohio State maintains a presence in all 88 counties.  Although the programs of OSU Extension represent a substantial part of the institution’s total outreach and engagement portfolio, we also know that there are outreach and engagement programs of the university that do not involve OSU Extension, but are focused on similar goals.  Clearly there is a need for all of the individuals involved in this important work to have opportunities to learn about each other’s work and explore opportunities for collaboration.  It is also important that we raise the raise the profile of outreach and engagement both within the university and across the state of Ohio.

OSU Extension is working closely with the Office of Outreach and Engagement to establish an annual week of learning and celebration focused on OSU’s outreach and engagement mission.  A part of that week will include a university-wide outreach and engagement conference that will build upon the success of the Extension Annual Conference. The conference will be held January 23-25, 2018.  Please mark the date on your calendar now!

The first day of the conference will include many of the activities and events that have historically been a part of the Extension Annual Conference.  For example, Extension awards will be presented on Tuesday, January 23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Time for associations to meet will also be available on Tuesday.  The remainder of the conference will be held at the Ohio Union and will focus on networking, learning, and innovation as it relates to advancing the outreach and engagement work of OSU.