Jamie Seger, Program Director
Specializations: Social Media Strategy, Digital Scholarship, Mobile Learning,
Danae Wolfe, Educational Technology Specialist
Specializations: Digital photography, social media, graphic design
The OSU Extension Educational Technology Unit was approved and created in December, 2014 after a two-year pilot period. The pilot consisted of four .50 FTE Ed Tech appointments (one per program area). More information on the history of the Ed Tech unit can be found here.
What We Do
Just like any other Extension Specialist or Educator, Ed Techs are available to answer tech-related questions our colleagues may have. Whether determining the most appropriate web tools or app to use for a project or helping someone identify the best camera to purchase, Ed Techs can help you navigate the world of educational technology.
Ed Techs are available for one-on-one or small group coaching on a variety of topics. We are also able to attend team meetings to discuss how Extension professionals can strategically integrate technology into their marketing strategies and projects. Beginning October 2nd, 2015, the Ed Techs now host “First Friday Coffee Breaks with an Ed Tech” via Carmen Connect, which provide a regularly scheduled, virtual, and informal opportunity for our colleagues to connect with us and ask questions on anything tech-related.
Throughout the year, Ed Techs offer workshops on topics of high priority. Workshops are offered based on areas of high need. Our colleagues are given the opportunity to participate in an annual tech use and skill survey every January to provide their input. You can also request a workshop here.
Connecting OSU Extension Professionals to Resources
If our colleagues have a technology question, but aren’t sure where to look for help, Ed Techs can help connect them to the best people or resources to get their questions answered. We have a vast network of CFAES and Ohio State-wide professionals and resources who can also assist.
One of the most exciting aspects of our work as Ed Techs involves bringing Extension professionals the latest and greatest technology. Ed Techs spend time researching and testing new technologies and software in order to determine how they can improve our reach and impact as Extension professionals.
Our primary goal as Ed Techs is to help Extension faculty and staff feel confident when integrating technology into programs and projects. We are happy to coach, teach, and advise our colleagues. Our role is not to create content for them, but rather to provide them with the necessary know-how and empowerment to create it themselves or with their team.