Extension Teaching Methods and Learning Theories

Training on “Extension Teaching Methods and Learning Theories" helps Extension educators match their teaching methods with how their audiences learn and use information that ultimately influences their lives. This is not training that addresses specific program development/planning tools like needs assessments, logic modeling, evaluation techniques, and other development/planning tools like needs assessments, logic modeling, evaluation techniques, and other specific delivery methods.

Indiana (Purdue)
This professional development opportunity is designed for new educators with a 4-H youth development assignment. Experienced educators can also benefit. Participants will develop an understanding of the 4-H Thriving Model. The purpose is to equip 4-H professionals with tools and resources that allow them to develop and create the necessary programming that leads youth participants to long-term programmatic outcomes. A secondary purpose is to create a professional cohort networking group.
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Iowa State (1)
The workshops aim to equip faculty and staff with knowledge and skills to integrate instructional activities into educational programs, courses and/or workshops. This program is offered in a flipped format: participants work through the online asynchronous materials and then meet in a synchronous cohort video conference. It includes 1-3 hrs independent study and 90 minutes live over the course of a week.
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Kansas
* Thriving Positive Youth Development - this training is provided as one of the onboarding sessions for new agents. Participants will develop an understanding of the 4-H Thrive Model. The purpose of this professional development is to equip agents with the tools and resources to help them development programming that leads youth participants to programming outcomes.
*New Agent Orientation - includes sections on effective educational presentations, hybrid programming strategies, cultivating constructive conversations (facilitation).
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Michigan
We have an online, nonlinear, asynchronous course in D2L that is essentially a collection of modules on this topic. Learners can pick and choose which ones they do. Each module is ~30-60 minutes. MODULES: Andragogy (Adult Learning) & Working with Adults | Giving Better Presentations | Experiential Learning | Differentiating Instruction | Interaction | Storytelling | Scenario-Based Learning | Best Practices in Creating Educational Videos | Working withYouth | Lesson Planning | Classroom Management | Inclusive Teaching | Teaching Across Cultures. Note: Most of these individual topics can also be presented as a LIVE 60-12 minute zoom workshop if requested.
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Nebraska
Teaching Adults: A Professional Development Training: This workshop will help extension workers or other extension stakeholders to redesign their educational programing, and critique educational programs based on andragogy and principles of teaching and learning. This interactive workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skill to apply adult learning principles, experiential learning concepts, and learning style preferences to current and future programing. Participants will select one of their current program outlines and redesign it during this engaging workshop and will leave this workshop with a product that can be used immediately. What: Application of andragogy and the principles of teaching and learning to training programs/workshops for adults. What For (Objectives)
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South Dakota
"Education & Information Delivery - Effectively deliver research-based education programs and information in a way that engages and meets the learning styles of the audiences we serve." is a two-day session that is part of a broader workshop series within our newly built (2023) SDSU Extension Orientation & Onboarding Program.
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Wisconsin
Within Wisconsin Extension the majority of the training that applies to “Extension Teaching Methods and Learning Theories” is presented at new staff orientation. The Foundations of Extension Education Cohort (FEE) is a key part of new colleague onboarding where this Extension specific training is offered. Additionally, the Programmatic Institutes themselves occasionally offer venues for learning and sharing ideas related to teaching methods and learning theories.
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