AgrAbility – National Training Workshop – Tuesday, April 9, 2013 FReSH: Online Courses and eXtension Opportunities
What is eXtension? • An interactive learning environment delivering research knowledge from 74 universities from across the United States. eXtension offers: • Credible expertise • Peer reviewed user friendly resources • Reliable answers based upon sound research • 24/7/365 access • Customized answers to users’ specific needs
Formation of the CoP • extension.org/agsafetyCoP was formed from members of the North Central Extension/Education Research Activity (NCERA 197) Committee • CoP addresses one of the NCERA 197 agenda goals to increase infrastructure support for agricultural safety and health • Grant received in 2011 and official launch was March 1, 2012.
Leadership Team Richard Brzozowski – University of Maine Linda Fetzer – Pennsylvania State University Karen Funkenbusch – University of Missouri Kitty Hendricks – National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Dee Jepsen – The Ohio State University Carol Jones – Oklahoma State University Dennis Murphy – Pennsylvania State University Michael Pate – Utah State University Cliff Racz – Purdue University Charles Schwab – Iowa State University LorannStallones – High Plains Intermountain Ctr for Ag Health & Safety Aaron Yoder – Pennsylvania State University
GoogleAnalytics March 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013 • 13,530 visits • 11,802 unique visitors • 62,043 page views • 4.59 pages/visit • Bounce rate of 61% • Majority of visits are from the United States • Utilized less by mobile devices • Internet Explorer is most popular browser • Most viewed articles: respiratory protection (721 views) and dangers of silo gases (696 views)
Content on extension.org/agsafety • Articles by Categories: • 1) topics (subject matter), • 2) educational and outreach, • Self-paced learning (AgSafety4u), instructor led learning (Gearing Up), training and resources for instructors (Hispanic Youth Tractor Driving), webinars (learn.extension.org) , and videos. • 3) national reference documents and visuals, and • 4) national resource organizations. • Frequently Asked Questions • Ask an Expert • Online Certificate Course (e.g., AgSafety4u at http://campus.extension.org/)
www.extension.org Click on Farm then Farm Safety and Health
Topics in extension.org/agsafety • Green Industry • Machinery & Equipment • Occupational Health • Research • Special Populations • Structure & Landscape • Traumatic Injury • Animals • Behavioral Health • Confined Spaces • Crops & Feed • Chemicals • Emergency Response • General
Why Develop an Online Course? • Convenient for users • Broadens the use of information • Expands audience • Course can be free or fee (revenue generating) • Grant deliverable
How to Create an Online Course create.extension.org/node/3180
eXtension: Impact for AgrAbility • Source of current ag safety and health info • Strengthens the link between AgrAbility and eXtension system • Partner with other AgrAbility staff to write, review, and post articles about rural rehabilitation topics • Develop online courses and use Moodle through eXtension to host your program.
eXtension.org/agsafety & Federal Grants • Federal grants encouraging applicants to work with eXtension • Contact Aaron Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the benefits of working with the AgSafetyCoP and to obtain a letter of support. • Dissemination of information • Hosting webinars • Track information usage • Development of online training programs through Moodle
Collaborating with eXtension/agsafety • For multi-year grants of over $100,00 per year, the base package cost is $2,000 per year. • Base package includes development of article pages, monitoring of review process, banner time, and site management. • CoP membership required of 1 person from grant • Cost for additional services (e.g., course development) are negotiable. • Grants under $100,000 – rates are negotiable.
Getting Involved in eXtension: • Join as a CoP member (contact Linda at email@example.com to join) • Review articles and FAQs • Write articles and FAQs • Establish a link and promote the use of extension.org/agsafety • If you are looking for a venue, use FReSH to promote your information (e.g., PowerPoints, webinars, curriculum, etc.)