The model is based on seven categories for planning and evaluating extension programs. The categories are linked in a logical “chain of events”. It starts with inputs and goes through to the last two categories of practice change and end results. The model has been tried and tested for over […]
Using short video clips (2 to 4 minutes), is a great way for Extension Professionals to get key messages across. With modern smartphones, video clips of suitable quality are simple and easy to produce. This post and accompanying video provides key steps on how to do so.
Why use video?
Through video, people […]
In the information age, we are all learning to behave differently in how we source and assess information. Extension professionals can use these changes as an opportunity to better engage their target markets.
Effectively using “Clickbait” in social media channels is one way to engage. Clickbait is internet or social media […]
(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 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
(Image source, Rod Baxter)
The nominal group technique is a group extension process that can be used to generate outcomes and facilitate decision making around ideas, issues or problems, by a group. The process is excellent for getting out individual group members thoughts and ideas, without the risk of them feeling over […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]