Extension Practice

Needs Analysis

Needs analysis is an important component and often the first step for the planning, implementation and evaluating of extension programs. By identifying the stakeholders and their needs, outcomes and activities can be tailored to suit.
Evaluation can occur against stakeholder needs and an extension program can continuously improve overtime to ensure that […]

Using Short Videos in Extension

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 […]

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 […]