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Lobley, Jennifer; Ouellette, Kristy L. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Face-to-face training for Extension volunteers is no longer the only viable delivery mode. In times of rapid technological advances, we are faced with a plethora of options for offering volunteers the training and support they need. Zoom, an online videoconferencing platform, can easily be used to engage volunteers in professional development.…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Volunteers, Online Courses, Extension Education
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Forstadt, Leslie; Fortune, Aileen – Journal of Extension, 2016
Extension staff are increasingly challenged to do excellent work and balance their lives. University of Maine Cooperative Extension committed to a 2-year participatory action research project to support staff and to an organizational climate that encourages personal sustainability. With tools from ethnography and appreciative inquiry, staff…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Organizational Culture, Extension Education, Extension Agents
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Bennett, Blake; Hurley, Janet; Merchant, Mike – Journal of Extension, 2016
Having the ability to assess pest problems in schools is essential for a successful integrated pest management (IPM) program. However, such expertise can be costly and is not available to all school districts across the United States. The web-based IPM Calculator was developed to address this problem. By answering questions about the condition of…
Descriptors: Calculators, Computation, School Buildings, Risk Management
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Lobley, Jennifer; Ouellette, Kristy L. – Journal of Extension, 2013
The Maine 4-H Afterschool Academy trained 369 after-school and out of school time providers in 2011. This easy-to-adapt professional development opportunity used blended learning, a combination of in-person and Web-based opportunities. Providers successfully learned concepts and practical knowledge regarding 4-H, specifically 4-H Science. In…
Descriptors: After School Programs, After School Education, State Programs, Professional Development
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Lamm, Alexa J.; Israel, Glenn D.; Diehl, David – Journal of Extension, 2013
In order to enhance Extension evaluation efforts it is important to understand current practices. The study reported here researched the evaluation behaviors of county-based Extension professionals. Extension professionals from eight states (n = 1,173) responded to a survey regarding their evaluation data collection, analysis, and reporting…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Experimenter Characteristics, Program Evaluation