CD Weekly Wire - January 27, 2014

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A Focus on e-Learning

As we continue to break down the 20 specific action steps that will help us turn our Strategic Plan into action, I’d like to focus today on e-learning (items 4, 5 and probably 13 too). Instructional content or learning experiences delivered or enabled by electronic technology are referred to as e-learning by the American Society for Training and Development. As you scan the literature on the topic, it is clear that e-learning is a fairly all-encompassing term that describes education that takes place via an online (in the broadest sense of the word) learning experience. No doubt this broad definition is helpful to us as we begin to inventory our efforts involving e-learning.

Many of us are currently using the ever-growing variety of electronic tools to enhance Extension programs. Some examples include our use of electronic newsletters, program websites, teleconferences, webinars, social media and our self-produced videos. As we move into the future, however, I challenge us to conceptualize our individual creative and scholarly outputs in ways that they can stand alone and be part of a larger package. For example:

  • How does my instructional video tie into my website, my blog, my tweets and my future-scheduled webinar?
  • How do all of these pieces and parts of what could become an e-learning ‘module’ support and complement the day-long, face-to-face, hands-on educational program that I have planned?
  • How do all these pieces come together in an all-out online course? Moodle (the platform used by eXtension) is one tool for organizing your various outputs and facilitating online learning.
  • How have you used electronic technologies in your teaching events?
  • How can you incorporate what you have learned to do it better?  

Extension Strategic Plan – Action List

  1. Understand full range of Extension in Ohio
  2. Learn program needs
  3. Prioritize programs, efforts, and audiences
  4. Inventory e-Learning modules
  5. Create e-Learning modules (10% increase annually)
  6. Align applied research with Discovery Themes
  7. Increase creative and scholarly outputs of a collaborative nature
  8. Engage in interdisciplinary/cross-program/multi-state/inter-institutional efforts
  9. Evaluate teaching (face-to-face, via distance/webinar, etc.)
  10. Create and use evaluation tools for programs
  11. Document efforts via RiV
  12. Communicate impact via various media (e.g., micro-blog, blog, webpage, etc.)
  13. Use social media to extend reach
  14. Track reach of social media
  15. Increase extramural funding by 5% (annually)
  16. Increase contributions to CD endowment/development account by 5% (annually)
  17. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan
  18. Focus on improving core competencies
  19. Participate in a diversity training (annually)
  20. Implement OSUE coaching and mentoring protocols

Updated Map of Extension Regions

An updated map of the new Extension regions as of February 1 is now available. OSU Extension has changed from three regions to five regions, with two EERAs (Extension Education and Research Areas) in four of the regions and one EERA in the Central Region. Click here for more information about the new regions.

New Contact Information for Rachel Crusey Schrock

Rachel Crusey Schrock, our accountant in the business office, has a new email address:



SENR Spring Seminar Series Lectures - January 30 & February 6:

Join the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) for their Spring 2014 Seminar Series. Lectures will be held on most Thursdays during spring semester from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall, with a video link to 123 Williams Hall in Wooster. Read more about each lecture and view recordings of previous lectures at: Coming up in the next week or two:

  • January 30: Columbus Zoo, the Wilds, and OSU: A New Collaboration to Advance Conservation Science
    • Presented by Barbara Wolfe, associate professor in the college of veterinary medicine.
  • February 6: Inequality and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Responsibility, Action
    • Presented by J. Timmons Roberts, Ittelson professor of environmental studies and sociology, Brown University department of sociology.

OEE Lecture: Solving our Global Environmental Crisis - January 31:

The Office of Energy and Environment (OEE) will present a public lecture on Friday, January 31, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cartoon Room at the Ohio Union. A reception will follow. Peter F. Sale, a coral reef ecologist with the Institute for Water, Environment & Health at United Nations University, predicts his coral reefs are likely to disappear from our planet by 2050. Join a discussion of whether we will solve our global environmental crisis…and will we do so in time to save coral reefs? Read more at:

‘Paper and Bytes’ Managing Public Records Workshop - February 12:

As a public institution, Ohio State must comply with laws governing public records. Participants in this workshop, offered on Wednesday, February 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 1590 N. High St, Suite 430, will become more knowledgeable about university policies, legal requirements and best practices concerning the retention, management and disposition of records in their care. For a complete explanation of the workshop (as well as other HR workshops) and to register, visit:

2014 Poverty Summit - March 22:

Join Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship for the 2014 Poverty Summit on Saturday, March 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Social entrepreneurs will share innovative methodologies and skills used to fight poverty in communities both down the street and around the globe. For more information and to register, visit: Contact James Paskett ( if you have questions.

Public Issues Leadership Development Conference - April 6 - 9:

The Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference registration site is now available. The conference will be held April 6 - 9 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. An informational brochure is also posted online. Early bird registration ends March 7, at which time the hotel block also closes. After March 7, the hotel conference rate/room block is not available.



Outreach and Engagement Forum - May 1
Call for Posters due February 21:

The 2nd Annual Outreach and Engagement Forum will take place on May 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom. The Forum is an opportunity to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share your outreach and engagement work and make connections with potential collaborators. If you are interested in displaying a poster at the Forum, complete the online proposal submission form by February 21. Please note that space at the Forum is limited, and it is a competitive selection process in which not all proposals will be accepted for presentation. The Office of Outreach and Engagement will produce a poster (design and printing) for accepted proposals at no charge to the presenter. A strong Extension presence at this event would bode well for Extension’s 100 Year Anniversary. For more information visit:

Innovative Models for Outdoor Programming In-Service - March 28
Call for Proposals due March 1:

If the great outdoors is ever your classroom, then spend a day with other professionals in Extension and beyond (e.g., park districts, schools, camps, outdoor recreation facilities, etc.) to share your innovative models for outdoor programming, as well as to learn and network. This in-service, which will provide a venue for coming together to learn about innovative programming approaches, funding strategies and partnerships, will be held Friday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, OH. Cost is $75 per person.

The online registration information/materials and CALL FOR PROPOSALS to host a breakout session, present a poster or register to exhibit are available at the following links:

For more information about the in-service, please contact Jackie Kirby Wilkins ( or 330-350-0512).

Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting - July 30 - August 3
Abstracts due March 3:

The Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting will be held July 30 through August 3 at the Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria in New Orleans, LA. Abstracts are due March 3. Submission guidelines are available at:



NACDEP Award Applications due February 21:

It's time again for NACDEP awards! Applications are due to Nancy Bowen-Ellzey ( by noon on Friday, February 21. For the application and to view award categories, visit: For complete information and application process, view Nancy's email of January 25. Awards will be announced and presented at the NACDEP Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, June 22-25.

Outreach and Engagement Recognition Award Nominations due February 14:

The offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Student Life and Undergraduate Education and the Service-Learning Initiative have joined together to recognize faculty, staff and students with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be presented in the community engagement, international engagement, service learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. Nominations are due Friday, February 14, and require a 500 word abstract as well as photos if possible. To submit a nomination, visit:

New OSU Text Guidelines now Available:

Our 'One university' vision requires one copy style to convey our key messages most effectively. To that end, all communicators at The Ohio State University use Associated Press style for content that promotes the university. Examples of what is included in the editorial style guidelines are:

  • no parentheses around area codes
  • no http:// or www. in front of urls
  • lowercase and periods for a.m. and p.m.

Downloadable editorial style guidelines as well as the online AP Stylebook are available at:

USAC Applications for 2014-2017 Term due March 21:

The University Staff Advisory Committee is seeking motivated staff to serve during the 2014-2017 term. USAC’s mission is to provide a forum through which university staff can raise, discuss and make recommendations on university issues. USAC is open to CCS, A&P and Senior A&P staff. Complete information, including February information session dates and application materials, is available at: Applications are due Friday, March 21. Contact Kevin Petrilla (, USAC chair-elect, if you have questions.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (January 22, 2014)

Ohio State Team promotes Nature-based 'ECO-farming' (CFAES News)

Planning for a Sustainable Future - a new report on sustainability trends published last week by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM).

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