Expanding Your Reach Through Academic Technology

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This blog is full of tips, tech resources and updates, and behind the scenes peeks at our work and adventures, but until now we’ve only shared a showcase of the project work we do several "clicks" into Extension's Intranet. We like to post tutorials and new tech tools, but every once in a while we want to show you what we’ve been creating, and how we’ve helped educators, program staff, and faculty expand and deepen their reach through technology.

I’m so excited to tell you about some past academic tech projects to get you thinking about the tech-supported opportunities you can dig into too! We’ll share about a different project about every six weeks -- but check back EVERY week for a new post, whether it’s a field report, tutorial, or news.

First up: Turf & Grounds Virtual Field Day

For over a decade, the University of Minnesota turf and ground educators have hosted a Field Day on the St. Paul Campus to educate the industry and the public on the numerous turf and grounds research projects being conducted at the University. When time and travel constraints made attendance start to drop in recent years, the group was able to switch to a virtual format featuring online videos, tips, and resources explaining University research. The turf and grounds team also worked with Extension Technology to expand and brand their virtual field day site to support an approachable format for the industry and members of the public. Participant feedback has shown a strong preference for the virtual format as a convenient way of accessing and promoting the research being conducted at the U of M.

Image of the Virtual Field Day website.

This project was selected through the Extension e-Learning Proposal Process. We work with Extension Educators, Program Staff, and Faculty who offer training or education, like the Turf and Ground Field Day, Equine Demonstrations, the Local Foods College, the Serve it Up Safely Course, and the Master Gardener Core Course. They are ready to expand their reach, make education more accessible, and/or collaborate with colleagues and community members at a distance. If this is you and you’re ready for help, contact us for a consultation or propose a project!

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