NETC Gatherings

What are Gatherings?

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On the second Tuesday of each month, the NETC community meets to discuss topics ranging from professional development to personal growth. Discussions are usually led by NETC members volunteering their time and expertise to the community. We are excited to share these online events with both NETC members and affiliates.

NOON Central every second Tuesday.

Important: Our NETC Gathering link and process will be changing in July 2022. We’ll be sending instructions and a registration link to our NETC mailing list in time for our August 9th Gathering. Once registered, you’ll be able to attend all future Gatherings with the same Zoom link. Stay tuned for more info via our NETC mailing list. If you have questions, contact us at

Upcoming Schedule

August 9, 2022 – Captive or Captivating? You Choose! Brain Hacks for Virtual Engagement

Presenters: Megan Wecker & Christine Rybak, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

Description: Engaging our audiences in transformational virtual learning requires a shift in content design. Luckily, finding the right balance of new content and retrieval practice is an art anyone can master! This session will share researched based practices used by effect designers and facilitators to avoid cognitive overload. We will be discussing and working with the concepts of primacy/recency, cognitive load, and retrieval practice.

September 13, 2022 – Empowering Faculty Development Professionals with TOPkit 

Presenters: Amanda Major, Florence Williams, and Tina Calandrino

Description: The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) is a comprehensive resource for those who are responsible for faculty development, including those who develop relationships with faculty to ensure quality online or hybrid courses. This session introduces the enriching, informative components of the TOPkit.

October 11, 2022

Info forthcoming.

November 8, 2022

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December 13, 2022

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Previous Gatherings

June 14, 2022 – Got questions about the conference? Our planning team has your answers! Learn what to expect at NETC 2022!

Presenters: Amy Cole, Karen Watts-Dicicco, and Diana Morian

Description: Join us on June 14th to learn the exciting details about our first face-to-face since 2019.

Expect warm (probably hot) and humid weather in Little Rock in June, so bring your sunglasses and sunblock! The hotel has a pool! 😊 Bring your walking shoes (or running shoes! We will have a daily morning run group!)! There are historical museums, a children’s museum, a nature center, a Presidential library, and a myriad of restaurant choices within walking distance of the conference hotel. Curious about transportation? We will discuss that during the Gathering, along with official tour information and “on-your-own” tour sample itineraries.

May 10, 2022 – EdTech Connect: What products are peer institutions using?

Presenters: Jeff Dillon (

Description: EdTech Connect is a free tool for higher education to list and rate the solutions it uses.
The platform is creating new ways to stay informed about current and emerging technologies, including the Periodic Table of Higher Education technology. Jeff will talk about some of the possibilities, opportunities and considerations to consider when selecting solutions for the future.

April 12, 2022 – Understanding DiSC Communication Styles in Meetings

Presenters: Karen Lathrop, a marketing specialist in the Advancement Unit (  and/or Alison DePenning, program specialist both at Iowa State Extension & Outreach, (

Description: Poorly run meetings have always been problematic. At best they are an unnecessary waste of time and at worst can have a serious impact on engagement, motivation, and ultimately results. 
During this time, when more people are working remotely, there has been an understandable rush to continue the meeting culture via platforms like Zoom. And most would say they now have more meetings than they did before the pandemic. If people are to remain productive and teams functional, then good meeting practices must be a top priority.

One of the core underlying principles of the DiSC behavioral model is that every style is of equal value and that no one style is any better than any other. However, people are different, and using a ‘one size fits all’ approach to running meetings is not effective.  Knowing the DiSC style of your colleagues, and adapting your approach accordingly, can help make sure that everyone remains engaged, is able to contribute and the meeting is more productive. 

March 8, 2022 – Implementing the New Block Editor in WordPress

Presenters: Megan Wecker, Chrissy Dillhunt, Eric Schuck, Jason Lemahieu

Description: The WordPress Block Editor introduced new and easier ways to create content. This session provides information about what the block editor is, how it changes the way content is put into WordPress, and how the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension is deploying this new feature.

February 8, 2022 – What’s SWOT got to do with it…?

Presenter: Ed Zuech, Penn State

Description: A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis is a framework used to evaluate a company’s competitive position and to develop strategic planning.

January 11, 2022 – Credit Card Processing at Penn State College of Ag

Presenter: Roger Tharp and Darren Clapper, System Administrators with Penn State

Description: This Gathering will provide an overview of the different ways we process credit card transactions with compliance, security, safety & customer experience considered.


December 14, 2021 – The Impacts of Remote Work on Extension Professionals

Presenter: Jerry Thomas and Julie Aldridge, The Ohio State University

Description: In the Spring of 2020 Extension went virtual. This study explores what worked and what didn’t. This includes not only technology but also support services, etc.

November 9, 2021 – Grab-n-Go: Making Technology work with a Brown Paper Bag

Presenters: MSState, Mariah Morgan, Bekah Sparks, Joy Anderson, Lara Angel, Kelsey Helm Martin

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic underscored how technology can connect us to our clientele, but it also showed us that clientele still need practical, hands-on experiences that connect them to the local Extension Office.

Facing growing frustration with virtual school, Zoom fatigue, and lack of social interaction, Extension Agents and Specialists worked together to provide Grab-n-Go kits for clientele. This gave clientele something to look forward to that was also COVID safe. The Extension Agent would then utilize technology (Facebook Live, YouTube, Zoom, GIS) to teach the client how to complete the project. This session will look at the method, tools, and technology resources used to complete this project.

October 12, 2021 – From Chaos to Organized with

Presenter: Karen Watts DiCicco, Digital & IT Innovation Manager, University of Arkansas System’ Division of Agriculture

Description: In the old days, we tracked IT requests and projects using Excel, Word, Box or (Gasp!) email. Project management was difficult because tasks were hard to track and would get lost in the shuffle. Using, The UA System Division of Ag IT department was able to take everything that was spread across applications and have it in one handy place.

Request forms, tasks, projects, and reports are all easily available in one location where we track milestones, deliverables, action items, resource allocation and more. Join us for an overview of and how it helped us turn chaos into a well-organized project management system!

September 14, 2021 – Reporting Technologies Within Extension

Description: Have you struggled with Extension’s reporting requirements (local, state, federal, tribal, etc.), especially in terms of program impacts and collecting participant information (demographics)? Find out what works and what doesn’t and see some Universities that are doing this well!

August 10, 2021 – Meet the Board!
Want to get to know our board members better? Now is your chance! Each member’s interests and talents will be highlighted, and well cover the history of NETC and what exactly we stand for. Come with your questions and be ready to socialize.

July 13, 2021 – Online Courses: Tips, Tricks, & Discussion
John Hartley, IT specialist with Auburn University, will discuss course development and management, LMS systems, tech support, and more! Learn about the software and best practices for establishing, marketing, and maintaining a thriving online course catalog.

June 8, 2021 – Conference Preview!
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming NETC Virtual Conference and learn about the platform we are using to host the event! Find out about our keynote speakers and learn about the presentations coming up on June 14-16th!

May 11, 2021 – Wi-Fi Enhancements on Native American Tribes During the COVID Outbreak
Presentation by University of Arizona Extension Director of Cyber & Information Technologies, Matt Rahr

April 13, 2021 – Zooming Through the Year…Securely!
Navigate Program Delivery and Collaboration events as safely and securely as possible, presentation by Auburn Extension Service IT Specialist, Rusty Presley. View presentation documentation.

March 9, 2021 – Zooming Through the Year
Exploring the Use of Technology for Extension during the COVID Crisis. A presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension Distance Learning Advisor, Paul Treadwell

February 9, 2021 – Who’s Your Audience?
Writing Effective Digital Media Content for Extension Clientele. A presentation by University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture Digital Media Manager Amy Cole

January 12, 2021Emotional Intelligence
Presentation by Iowa State University Extension specialist, Alison Boelman


December 8, 2020 – Discussion of Alternative Operations Models, as Dictated by COVID-19
With Auburn University Extension IT Manager Greg Parmer

November 10, 2020 – Teaching Remote Pilots
With University of Florida Extension Agent, Jennifer Bearden

October 13, 2020 – Take Your Zoom from Required to Desired

September 8, 2020 – Connecting with Urban, Hobby and Community Garden Farmers through Facebook Live.
With Lisa Hickey, Sustainable Food Systems Extension Agent with the University of Florida

July 14, 2020 – Zoom Security
Presentation by University of Wisconsin Educational Specialist, Tony Roman.

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Previously recorded Gatherings are available for NETC Members.