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June 25, 2009

Extension 2.0 Units Online

The Extension 2.0 blog is back in action. So if you want to walk through the materials on your own or just go back over something you read while taking the course, help yourself!

Extension 2.0 Curriculum

June 4, 2009

A New Blog!

Welcome to the new Program Resource Unit blog! I love the easy format and quick feedback of a blog, so this seems like a great way to keep connected with Extension program teams. I hope you'll take a second to add this blog to your feedreader to make it easy peasy to remember to read it.

Extension 2.0 Poster at Quality Fair

Extension 2.0 was an idea featured at the U's annual Quality Fair! Here is the poster we presented and received a lot of feedback from: (and bonus--you can see my breakfast on the table too)

Extension 2.0 Quality Fair Poster

Online Grants Course

The Extension Program Resource Unit has developed an online course called Grantsmanship Fundamentals for Extension. Most of Extension's programmatic staff were automatically enrolled in this course in December 2008. If you are an Extension Educator, a Center Associate Dean, or an Area Program Leader, you are required to take the course and can access it by visiting your MyU courses page. Preferably, the course should be completed by July 1, 2009.

Just try it, you'll like it! I wrote it myself (with lots of help from experts!) so it's not even too dry and boring. And it includes my trademark educational tool, video tutorials! It only takes about an hour and a half and you can do it from the comfort of your office. Topics covered include finding grants, writing proposals, and correctly submitting a grant at the University. An archive of the information that is in the course can be found on your MyU website, under Program Resources.

All Extension departmental faculty, Program Coordinators, Regional Directors, and Program Directors were also automatically enrolled in the course. These groups are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to complete the course.

If you were not automatically enrolled but would like to take the course, just email the Grants team at the address below. It was very difficult to enroll all the right people using the U's auto enroll thing. We basically had to build a new tool, because, as we know, Extension is different than the rest of the U.

We very much welcome your questions or feedback about this course. Please email the Extension Grants Team at ExtGrants@umn.edu.

The Program Resource Unit (PRU)

Program Resource Unit Goal: To improve Extension’s ability to design, deliver, and evaluate programs by providing necessary resources and increasing employee skill levels.

This blog is a way to communicate with staff and open dialog on programming-related topics. Please feel free to comment on any post!

PRU Leader: Mike Schmitt, Senior Associate Dean, 612-626-4021
Program Resource Director: Amy Baker, 612-626-2897