Extension Practice

Action Learning

(Image source, Wendy Brooks, 2016)
Action Learning is a theory and process developed by Professor Reg Revans (Revans, 1982). It is an excellent tool and process for Extension Professionals to facilitate groups (Action Learning “sets”) to tackle key problems or tasks that are complex in nature and don’t already have a solution. “Action […]

Ice Breakers for Group Extension

Ice breakers are an important component of group extension. They help build rapport, establish some common ground and make group members feel comfortable. They can be used to:

Effectively introduce a facilitator
Introduce and set the tone for an activity
Introduce people to each other
Set the scene for the day
“Warm up” participants
Break down barriers
Help […]

Mind Mapping

Image source: The Peak Performance Center
Mind mapping is a useful and simple tool for brainstorming a concept or issue as an individual or with a group. As a group extension tool, it is great for getting out all thoughts and ideas around a subject area and then developing linkages and […]

Story Mapping

Story Mapping is a process that can be used to present extension information in a compelling way. It uses online maps to engage with a target audience and share extension messages with them online. It has a graphical and narrative approach, giving a multimedia experience to the user and does […]

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis can be used in assessment and planning in any situation where there is a desired outcome or objective. Through the process you review your current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in respect to achieving the desired objectives.  It can be used to review […]

APEN

The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) is the premier professional organisation for extension workers and those interested in extension in the Australasia-Pacific region.
Four hundred Extension Professionals are part of the network and the APEN website is here www.apen.org.au
APEN provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities for Extension Professionals. They […]

Effective Presentations

Presenting well requires a set of skills and as such can be learned and continuously improved.  This article provides key tips for designing and delivering effective presentations.  It is designed to assist you with planning for and delivering presentations.
Preparing for success

Firstly, set clear objectives or learning outcomes for the audience you are […]

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford Learning Styles

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford recommend that to maximise personal learning, each learner ought to understand their own learning style and seek out opportunities to learn in their learning style. But they should also develop their learning capacity in other styles to become a more well-rounded learner. This increases versatility […]