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Journal of Extension

December 2011 Volume 49, Number 6

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Number of articles: 19

  1. An Examination of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Associated with the Adoption of Moodle[TM] by eXtension

    Tayla Elise Hightower, Theresa Pesl Murphrey, Susanna Mumm Coppernoll, Jennifer Jahedkar & Kim E. Dooley

    The use of technology to deliver programming across Extension has been addressed widely; however, little research has been conducted concerning the use of Moodle[TM] as a course management system... More

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  2. Strengthening 4-H Program Communication through Technology

    Kari Robideau & Karyn Santl

    Advances in technology are transforming how youth and parents interact with programs. The Strengthening 4-H Communication through Technology project was implemented in eight county 4-H programs in ... More

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  3. Development and Evaluation of an On-Line Educational Module for Volunteer Leaders on Bio-Security in Washington State 4-H Livestock Projects

    Jill L. Stevenson, Dale A. Moore, Jerry Newman, Janet L. Schmidt, Sarah M. Smith, Jean Smith, Susan Kerr, Michael Wallace & Pat BoyEs

    An on-line module on disease prevention was created for 4-H volunteer leaders who work with livestock projects in Washington to better prepare them to teach youth about bio-security and its... More

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  4. An Analysis of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's Role in Bridging the Digital Divide

    Antoine J. Alston, Lashawn Hilton, Chastity Warren English, Chanda Elbert & Dexter Wakefield

    The study reported here sought to determine the perception of North Carolina County Cooperative Extension directors in regard to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's role in bridging ... More

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  5. Web-Based Family Life Education: Spotlight on User Experience

    Jennifer Doty, Matthew Doty & Jodi Dwrokin

    Family Life Education (FLE) websites can benefit from the field of user experience, which makes technology easy to use. A heuristic evaluation of five FLE sites was performed using Neilson's... More

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  6. Using Technology 24/7 for Regional Assistance after Shutdown of Major Industries

    Patricia Brinkman, Melanie Hart, Christine Olinsky & Rose Fisher Merkowitz

    People facing unemployment or who are underemployed need access to community and financial information and resources 24/7. Collaborating with community agencies and organizations, FCS educators... More

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  7. Social Media Use of Cooperative Extension Family Economics Educators: Online Survey Results and Implications

    Barbara O'Neill, Andrew Zumwalt & Janet Bechman

    This article describes results of an online survey conducted by the eXtension Financial Security for All (FSA) Community of Practice (CoP) to determine the social media capacity and activity of its... More

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  8. Place-Based Learning and Mobile Technology

    Chris LaBelle

    When delivered on a mobile device, interpretive tours of a locale afford powerful learning experiences. As mobile devices become more powerful, content for these devices that is individualized and ... More

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  9. Meeting Extension Programming Needs with Technology: A Case Study of Agritourism Webinars

    Samantha Rozier Rich, Stephen Komar, Brian Schilling, Stacy R. Tomas, Jenny Carleo & Susan J. Colucci

    As clientele needs diversify, Extension educators are examining new technologies, including online tools, to deliver educational programming and resources. Using agritourism as the educational... More

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  10. Virtual Training for Virtual Success: Michigan State University Extension's Virtual Conference

    Lela Vandenberg & Luke Reese

    Michigan State University Extension conducted its first virtual conference, attended by more than 600 staff, with a weeklong menu of over 100 online meetings and learning sessions. Providing... More

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  11. Entrepreneurial Extension Conducted via Social Media

    Sarah Cornelisse, Jeffrey Hyde, Christopher Raines, Kathleen Kelley, Dana Ollendyke & James Remcheck

    The widespread availability of and access to the Internet have led to the development of new forms of communication. Collectively termed "social media," these new communication tools have created... More

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  12. Mapping Extension's Networks: Using Social Network Analysis to Explore Extension's Outreach

    Tom Bartholomay, Scott Chazdon, Mary S. Marczak & Kathrin C. Walker

    The University of Minnesota Extension conducted a social network analysis (SNA) to examine its outreach to organizations external to the University of Minnesota. The study found that its outreach... More

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  13. Is Extension Ready to Adopt Technology for Delivering Programs and Reaching New Audiences?

    Keith G. Diem, Jeff Hino, Dana Martin & Terry Meisenbach

    The Cooperative Extension System is at a crossroads regarding educational program delivery and clientele relationships in a digital age. To "help prepare counties for a future that demands... More

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  14. Land-Grant University Employee Perceptions of eXtension: A Baseline Descriptive Study

    Kathleen D. Kelsey, Eric T. Stafne & Lane Greer

    eXtension was publicly launched in 2008 as an online resource; however, adoption rates have been disappointing. The research reported here measured adoption of eXtension, willingness to participate... More

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  15. Using Information Technology to Forge Connections in an Extension Service Project

    Sandra B. Schneider, Donna-Jean P. Brock, Crystal Duncan Lane, Peggy S. Meszaros & Barbara B. Lockee

    A hybrid Extension project is introduced that uses a traditional Extension delivery model without the complete infrastructure of Cooperative Extension Services. The absence of this local... More

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  16. Extension Is Unpopular--On the Internet

    Heidi B. Rader

    The first Extension-authored link in Google Search (2011a) for "how to garden" was ranked an abysmal 82nd. Worse, Internet users selected the top-ranked site significantly more often than they... More

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  17. Promoting Healthy Eating and Exercise through Online Messages: A Pilot Study

    Helen Nyquist, Yeong Rhee, Ardith Brunt & Julie Garden-Robinson

    The effectiveness of online messages to change dietary intake and level of physical activity was assessed. Thirty-six volunteers completed a 26-item pre- and post-intervention online survey and... More

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  18. Revising an Extension Education Website for Limited Resource Audiences Using Social Marketing Theory

    Sarah L. Francis, Peggy Martin & Kristin Taylor

    Spend Smart Eat Smart (SSES), a unique website combining nutrition and food buying education for limited resource audiences (LRAs), was revised using social marketing theory to make it more... More

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  19. Online Nutrition Education: Enhancing Opportunities for Limited-Resource Learners

    Patty Case, Mary Cluskey & Jeff Hino

    Delivering nutrition education using the Internet could allow educators to reach larger audiences at lower cost. Low-income adults living in a rural community participated in focus groups to... More

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