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Monday, June 13, 2016

Wrap Arounds: Extending Learning Beyond the Webinar

By Sara Croymans, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

Extension Educators Anita Hering and I collaborated with four colleagues to present a professional development workshop titled "Wrap Arounds: Extending Learning Beyond the Webinar" at the 2016 National eXtension Conference in San Antonio, Texas this March.

The "Wrap Around" session focused on the innovative approaches four Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) concentration areas have used to extend learning beyond webinars and build engaged online communities. The session had 37 participants with another 25 joining via Periscope (live video broadcast) who learned how MFLN intentionally plans to reach beyond the confines of the webinar and create a conversation among learners using blogs, podcasts, video, social media posts, Twitter chats, infographics and more.

eXtension helps Cooperative Extension System professionals do their work more effectively using an “online constellation” of people, resources, and tools within the Cooperative Extension System. University of Minnesota Extension is a premium member organization of eXtension (see eXtension Benefits).

Our work with MLFN takes places using a blend of resources from eXtension and the Department of Defense. Other Minnesota colleagues’ work takes places within the framework of the i-Three Issue Corps. The first cohort of the Issue Corps is focusing on the issues of climate and food systems, and includes Associate Program Director Stephanie Heim’s project Reinventing the Future of Minnesota’s Food Systems.

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