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How can online tools be used in youth development programming? How can hands-on experiential learning be done online? Our Center is developing online learning spaces and tools for youth and adults that contribute to and draw from the latest research.

Comments on this page? Curator: Ann Nordby, online communications & learning

Youth Development Insight blog

Our faculty blog about research, issues and trends in the field. Join the conversation!

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Reports & journal articles

Tips for Online Learning: Using Discussion Boards to Enhance Your Online Learning

Produced by Extension: Kari Robideau and Molly Frendo
Cohort-based online courses often include a discussion board. Participants can interact in a discussion board by sharing what they have learned, expressing how they will apply the information, reacting to other participants’ posts, and asking questions. This white paper offers tips for using discussion boards to enhance online learning. 2015.

Using Twitter to Deliver 4-H Show Announcements

Produced by Extension: Ann Nordby
Twitter, a free social media tool, can be used to help run a large Extension event. In Minnesota, beef and dairy show committees and 4-H participants are using real-time tweets delivered to participants' cell phones to keep state fair livestock shows running smoothly. 2014.

Strategies for the Adult Learner in Non-Credit Classes: Building Engagement into Online Classes

Produced by Extension: Kari Robideau and Eric Vogel
This white paper contains strategies learned by the authors, academically and through experience, about what it takes to intentionally create an engaging online experience with adults in non-credit settings. (PDF) 2011.

Our past presentations

Digital Youth Network: Developing 21st century learners through the integration of overlapping affinity spaces

Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D.
Through a mix of during school, afterschool, and online spaces, the Digital Youth Network provides youth opportunities to develop and apply new media literacy in ways that are personally and academically meaningful to them. 2011. Read more.

MySpace, Facebook, and Youth: What Do Social Network Sites Have To Offer Youth Development?

Dr. Christine Greenhow
Youth have always been peer-oriented. Has online social networking changed anything for them? Greenhow presents emerging research on youth experiences in popular online social network sites and considers their implications for the field of youth development. 2009. Read more.

Youth as Contributors: The Role of New Media & Technology

Center for Youth Development and PEAR: The Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency
New technologies and media are playing an important role in the lives of young people and offering new ways for them to learn, engage, and contribute to their communities. This webinar explores the meaning of media literacy, highlights positive ways youth can and are using new technologies, and discusses the challenges and opportunities in doing so. Guests include Leo Burd, a researcher with MIT's Center for Future Civic Media and Karen Brennan also of MIT. The discussion is moderated by Dale A. Blyth from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. 2011. Read more.

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