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Online learning

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

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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.
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