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 changed in July 2022. Once registered at the above link, you’ll be able to attend all future Gatherings with the same Zoom link. If you have questions, contact us at contact@netctech.org.

Upcoming Schedule

December 13, 2022 – Help Your Data Do the Talking

Presenters: Deanna Schneider & Christine Rybak, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

Did you know that numbers can tell stories? When we use data to craft clean visualizations, our message becomes more memorable and persuasive! In this session, we will take a closer look at poorly crafted visualizations and learn how they can be improved using 5 simple tips. 


2022

November 8, 2022 – Presenting, You! Research-based Tips for Giving Your Best Presentation

Presenters: Kristena Merritt, MA, UXC, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

No more death by PowerPoint! Learn research-based tips and tricks about how to design slides, speak confidently, and make your presentations accessible.

October 11, 2022 – Meet the NETC Board for 2022-23

Presenters: NETC Board

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

September 13, 2022 – Empowering Faculty Development Professionals with TOPkit 

Presenters: Florence Williams and Tina Calandrino, University of Central Florida

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.

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. We will be discussing and working with the concepts of primacy/recency, cognitive load, and retrieval practice.

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 to learn more about the upcoming NETC Conference in Little Rock, AR.

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

Presenters: Jeff Dillon (jdillon@csus.edu)

Description: EdTech Connect is a free tool for higher education to list and rate the solutions it uses.
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 (klathrop@iastate.edu)  and/or Alison DePenning, program specialist both at Iowa State Extension & Outreach, (depenning@iastate.edu)

Description: Poorly run meetings have always been problematic. 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.

2021

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. MSState Extension Agents and Specialists worked together to provide Grab-n-Go kits for clientele. This session will look at the method, tools, and technology resources used to complete this project.

October 12, 2021 – From Chaos to Organized with Monday.com

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. Join us for an overview of Monday.com 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 we’ll 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

2020

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

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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.