Improving Our Creative and Scholarly Outputs with Feedback
Our creative and scholarly outputs communicate knowledge in ways that are more ‘lasting’ than a face to face teaching and learning event. These outputs might be podcasts and webpages; or newsletters, factsheets and bulletins; or journal articles and technical reports. Furthermore, the same way our teaching abilities can be enhanced when we are informed of specific suggestions for improvement, our creative and scholarly outputs can be enhanced when our peers are given the opportunity to critique them. This is the essence of the peer review process; we solicit feedback on content and readability to make our outputs better. How this is done ranges from the blind review (where the author and the reviewer(s) remain anonymous) to the casual review (where you as the author ask a colleague to take a look at your draft materials). If the goal is to improve the creative output, both approaches have value.
When your outputs are intended for statewide distribution via Ohioline for example, a peer review is necessary (per OSUE Policy Handbook – specific guidance attached here). An ‘originality check’ is also now required prior to submission of written creative and scholarly outputs for Ohioline publication. This check is made possible by the software application ‘Turnitin’ and will demonstrate that you have appropriately credited existing publications used in generating your factsheet or bulletin. The software is now available for your use after you request a ‘Turnitin’ account via Ken Kulka (email@example.com). A short video tutorial is available here.
I am very much encouraged by the level of enthusiasm for creating new and revising existing factsheets and bulletins for Ohioline publication. I hope this level of output and willingness to review continues to increase. To ensure the production of high-quality creative outputs that communicate knowledge, we need both!
Finally, to help guide you through the process, please refer to the ‘Submission and Peer Review Process’ posted to the CD webpage; and to see the criteria used in reviewing your materials, please take a look at the ‘Review of Extension Educational Materials Form’ found in the handbook too.
OSU Extension 2013 Annual Conference to be held December 4
The OSU Extension Annual Conference will be held at the Ohio Union on December 4. Association and sectional meetings will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on December 3. The CD unit meeting will also be held on December 3, scheduled around other meetings held that day. We will notify you of the place and time. For now, please mark both dates on your calendars!
2013 Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit - February 9:
The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit is an annual and completely student-led event that showcases how innovative leaders around the world are advancing in the battle against poverty. APTE is a community of students, academia, practitioners, and community members who believe that social entrepreneurship, a powerful hybrid formed at the intersection of business and philanthropy, as well as innovative thinking will turn the tables in the effort to solve the world's most pressing social issues, to end poverty. The summit will consist of four parts:
- Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition
- The 2013 APTE Summit -Saturday, February 9 (will feature an interactive series of speaker presentations focused on creating and implementing innovative, sustainable solutions to poverty)
- Innovation Marketplace - Saturday, February 9 (an exposition, involvement fair, and networking event all combined into one big gathering)
- APTE Impact Workshop Program
The summit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.aptesummit.org.
EPN Breakfast to Discuss Nutrient Management, Harmful Algal Blooms, Lake Erie and Beyond - February 12:
The next monthly EPN breakfast is Tuesday, February 12 when Jeff Reutter, director of Ohio Sea Grant, will moderate a panel of Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Environmental Council representatives who will discuss the runoff issues threatening Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys, and other watersheds. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Please register online at epn.osu.edu. Contact David Hanselmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Building Independence through Agriculture for People with Developmental Disabilities Workshop - February 19:
This one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 19 at the Ramada Plaza on Sinclair Road in Columbus for the purpose of discovering how agriculture can be a viable work environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshop is for occupational and physical therapists, county boards of DD, greenhouse managers, agricultural safety and health professionals, health care professionals, disability employment professionals, Extension educators, family caregivers, and individuals interested in occupational health for agricultural population. The workshop fee is $40 and $25 for each additional family member. Registration information and workshop agenda will be available soon. For more information contact Kent McGuire (email@example.com or 614-292-0588).
National Energy Extension Summit - April 29 - May 1:
The inaugural National Energy Extension Summit will be held April 29 through May 1 at Fort Collins, Colorado, bringing together those who focus on developing and delivering energy extension programs. The Summit will focus on educational programming and techniques, especially concerning energy efficiency, small-scale renewables (e.g. geothermal, solar, small wind), and community-scale projects (e.g. biomass, hydro, large wind). Planned agenda items include:
- Panel discussions of individual state education efforts and best practices
- Profiles of consumer, agricultural, youth, volunteer, and community energy
- Education programs
- Keynote addresses concerning the role of Extension and land-grant Universities in energy education
- Forums for networking and collaboration
- Tours of CSU energy facilities, including the Engines & Energy Conversion Lab
Local Government Extension Training Webinar Recording now Available:
A recording of the Local Government Extension Training (LGET) webinar titled "The Missouri County Budget Trend Analysis System" held on January 14 is now available at: lget.org/archived-web-conferences/. Judith Stallmann, Professor of Community Development Extension, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rural Sociology and Public Affairs, University of Missouri, presented the webinar that provided an overview of the Missouri County Budget Trend Analysis System including the electronic workbook that enables Missouri third class counties to analyze county fiscal trends from 1996 to 2009. A county can carry out a detailed study of its own budget and fiscal performance to identify factors contributing to fiscal stress and to consider actions it may want to take. The workbook also allows a county to benchmark itself against a set standard, its own past performance, or the record of another county as a gauge of fiscal performance. More information about the workbook can be found at: extension.missouri.edu.
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension - New Online Journal:
The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University is sponsoring a new online, open access peer-reviewed journal, the "Journal of Human Sciences and Extension." The editors are seeking high-quality research and/or effective applied techniques related to human sciences. Researchers and professionals across the following disciplines are asked to submit manuscripts:
- human development
- family studies
- agricultural education
- leadership development
- health and wellness
- apparel, textiles, and merchandising
- agricultural economics
- nutrition and dietetics
- family resource management
- program planning and evaluation
The multidisciplinary nature of the journal offers authors a unique opportunity to submit manuscripts or reviews that are highly focused or broad in scope. The first issue is expected to be published online this June, with the expectation of publishing three issues per year. The submission deadline for first publication date is March 1. Detailed information is available on the journal’s website at: jhse.msstate.edu.
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
Call for Papers for 16th Uddevalla Symposium due January 27:
The 16th Uddevalla Symposium will be held June 13-15 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri, with the overall theme of Innovation, High-growth Entrepreneurship, and Regional Development. The critical role of innovation and entrepreneurship in regional economic development in terms of productivity and employment growth has been well documented theoretically as well as empirically by researchers in recent decades. The specific mechanisms through which innovation stimulates regional economic development are less well established. It is often assumed that entrepreneurship in the form of new firm formation and the growth of newly established firms plays a critical role, but how, why, when and under what conditions is less clear. Empirical studies show that a limited share of new business ventures have the capacity to rapidly up-scale and to generate substantial new jobs in the regions where they are launched. From the perspective of regional policy makers, this implies that it is critical to understand what regional economic milieus are capable of generating innovations that can be the basis of high-growth entrepreneurship as well as provide the right environment for entrepreneurs to launch entrepreneurial initiatives.
The theme is divided into several special sub-themes/mini-tracks. For complete information about submitting papers by January 27, visit: www.symposium.hv.se/.
Community Development Society Conference - Call for Abstracts due February 15:
The Community Development Society's 2013 conference will be held July 20-24 in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference theme is Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration. Call for abstracts for workshops, paper/program presentations, panel sessions, and posters are due February 15. For detailed guidelines, visit: www.comm-dev.org/.
Twelfth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference (June 12-14) - Call for Abstracts due February 21:
Latinos in the Heartland: Positive Steps toward a Pluralist Society will be held June 12-14 at the Millennium Center at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Abstracts can be submitted online now through February 21. The full Call for Abstracts is available at: www.cambiodecolores.org. Questions about submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference brings together researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and community members to discuss the issues that Missouri, the Heartland, and other states face as a result of dramatic demographic changes. The conference program focuses and builds on the sharing of university, government, and community resources, linking academic studies to the more applied perspective and best practices of people and institutions working at the heart of the changing communities. The 2013 conference will provide state-of-the-art research and best practices that will inform participants about the multiple ways in which stakeholders are addressing the most significant and transformational demographic and cultural change in decades. Information about registration, hotels, and other details will be posted in February. Visit www.cambiodecolores.org for complete information.
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
New Issue of the Communiqué is now Available:
A new issue of the Communiqué is now available at: extensionstaff.osu.edu/communique. Topics in this newsletter include:
- Director's Commitment Statement to Affirmative Action and Diversity
- New AA/EEO Statement for OSU Extension
- Featuring the Work of OSUE Field Specialists
- Data Loss Prevention Software Installation
- Using Social Media
- Legislative Luncheon – February 13
- Submit Nominations for University Outreach, Engagement and Service Recognition Awards by January 31
- OSU Extension Intranet Calendar Reminder
- Mentoring, Reviews and Promotions of Faculty
- Tri-State Diversity Conference - Diversity Champion Awards
- Strengths Finder (On - Line Workshop) - February 7
- Personnel Update – October to December 2012
University District "News You Can Use" Newsletter now Available:
Click here to read the latest edition of "News You Can Use," the OSU Extension newsletter to the University District neighborhood. Susan Colbert, Program Director, CD, manages/offers programs in the University District by collaborating with other OSU departments and colleagues, as well as agencies and organizations. Features in this newsletter include:
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- College Goal Sunday
- Basic and Advanced Computer Classes
- Home Buyer Education Workshops
- Money Management Workshops
- Individual Development Accounts
Buck-IRB Newsletter Winter 2013 Edition now Available:
The Winter 2013 edition of the Buck-IRB (Institutional Review Board) Newsletter is now available on the Office of Responsible Research Practices website (orrp.osu.edu/irb/newsletters). Features include:
- Information on Ohio State’s site visit for reaccreditation of its Human Research Protection Program
- Revisions to the IRB and exempt application forms
- ORRP staffing updates
- Upcoming ORRP office hours and help sessions
Articles/News Releases of Interest:
- Produce Growers: Review, Comment on Proposed Food Safety Rule (CFAES News)
- The History of Sustainable Development - Connecting the Dots (ICMA Knowledge Network)
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