Paradigm Shifts in Education/Workforce Development

I read a very diverse range of materials…and today while I’m not registered to participate in the SXSWedu conference in Austin, I was perusing the conference agenda and the session information.  I found it interesting that several representatives from the XQ The Super School Project will be presenting.  The XQ Super School Project has moved from a national competition to a national movement to reimagine high school. I find the project intriguing as many of it’s proponents have discussed the need for radically changing the traditional for-credit classroom into more of an informal education environment for learning…. in my mind, moving toward what the Extension model has done well for a long time. I also find much of their materials fascinating in that I believe that it really does represent the trends I’m seeing in technology, workforce development, the public schools and in the communities I work and play in. I can’t speak to whether I wholeheartedly believe in the XQ project because I’m just not familiar enough with it.  I can say however that I think some time reflecting on how we are educating and working is always a good idea. This morning though I found myself spending some time ruminating on some of their materials.

In particular, I found the following XQ chart fascinating. While we don’t know definitively what the future workforce will look like and what jobs will be in the future, we can identify some trends that will shape those jobs.  Makes me wonder whether we should be starting a competition/movement to discuss how these changes are going to effect Extension as a national endeavor.

Jobs that were once performed by humans are quickly being replaced by machines or sent to lower-cost markets. What does this mean for young people’s future work lives and the demands they will face? Here are some examples of the shift in requirements from the old paradigm to the new knowledge economy.
Old Paradigm Knowledge Economy
  • Follows orders
  • Product driven
  • Climbs the corporate ladder
  • Boss creates directives, and change takes time
  • Face-to-face meetings in the office
  • 9 to 5
  • Lifelong employment
  • Resume
  • Commutes to office
  • Completes given tsks
  • Domain specialization
  • Co-creates plan to achieve goals
  • Customer driven
  • Seeks leadership opportunities
  • Team responds quickly and strategically
  • Office? What office?
  • Flex time
  • Changes jobs often
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Works remotely
  • Pursues goals creatively
  • Agility across domains


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Google Phone

Here is a link to the webinar from earlier today on how to use Google Phone.  Unfortunately, I forgot to hit record right away…but at least you can see the part where he talks about how to actually implement it’s use.

Austin Duerfeldt was our presenter, and if you have questions you can contact Austin.

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Automating Social media: Tips, Tricks, Do’s, and Don’ts

Trying to manage multiple social media sites for your work (or personal) life?  It can be time-consuming and overwhelming to get posts on multiple sites, but there are automation tools to help kill multiple birds with one stone with just one click.  Learn about some cool tools to generate automatic posts, schedule posts for optimum effect, and easily curate articles and news to share with your followers. 

Save the Date: February 13th @ 10:00 CT

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: (Sound will be through your speakers)

Clinician is John Porter.


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For decades when the weather turned cold I would have one recurring dream….that time was running out, I needed to wake up, it was time to break ice for the cattle.  🙂 Last night though that dream changed.  I still dreamt I could feel the cold in the air, could hear the wind howling outside my window, and well had a sense of urgency that I needed to wake up and take care of things….but this dream was different…..I didn’t need to break ice for the cattle, I needed to get my Activity Insight done!  Okay…I’m poking fun about this a bit.  But yes, ’tis the season to work on our Activity Insights.

I’m not here to give you advice on how to write your Activity Insight…but rather to encourage you to utilize your Activity Insight more intentionally as a planning tool.  This year I challenge you to finish your Activity Insight, then set it aside until after the holidays, then to pick it up again and read it.  Read it not for what it says…but for what is missing or for what you believe could have been done better.  Read those workshop evaluations again.  Evaluations aren’t just to assess what impact you made in what the client learned, they can also be used for some introspection.  If you are doing the same Extension program(s) again in 2018, how are you using those evaluations to change your teaching to improve the clients learning?  Say what….YES…I’m challenging you to improve your teaching to IMPROVE our CLIENTS LEARNING.  Are there areas of your Issue Teams logic model that aren’t being addressed by you or anyone on your team?  Are there potholes in your road map?  🙂  Let’s be more intentional about our teaching so that we are better addressing our learning objectives and our clients needs, and so that we can make an even bigger impact in 2018.

Here’s hoping that 2018 is full of intentionality for you!

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Google Phone

Austin Duerfeldt will serve as the clinician in helping us understand how to use one phone with two phone numbers!  You’ll be able to designate one phone number for personal use and one phone number for business, …having both ring into the same cell phone.

Join us on January 9 at 10:00 CT for this awesome webinar. (Sound will be through your speakers)


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Extension Life Hacks Webinar

Here’s a link to the Extension Life Hacks webinar held earlier today.

And, here is a link to my Decision Tree for “What is my Yes!”.

We discussed the value of having Next Generation Extension host the Extension Life Hacks webinar, and utilize the fast-paced webinar format….and it’s a hit.  Look for another Extension Life Hacks webinar next winter!

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Extension Life Hacks

If you’re new to the Extension system or even if you have been around for a while….Extension Life Hacks is just for you.  Join Next Generation Extension on Tuesday December 12th for a webinar consisting of a series of quick hacks that are relevant to us and the work that we do.  Each presenter will have five minutes to present an Extension life hack that uses what you have on hand in your office to be more efficient, more effective, and to save time so you can be where you need to be.  In other words, these Extension life hacks will be quick tips that you can apply starting as soon as you get off of the webinar.

Here’s the Extension Life Hack clinician/topic lineup:

  • John Porter – The Do’s and Don’ts of Automating Social Media Postings to Increase Efficiency
  • Deb Weitzenkamp – Email to Text (AKA Bridging the Communication Device Gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials)
  • Lisa Kaslon – Color Coding of Outlook Calendars
  • Leah Gremm – How Your Office Mates Can Help You Deal with Q4 Peeps
  • Alice Henneman – Showing Videos on Zoom
  • Sarah Roberts – Knowing When to Say “No”

 How to access the webinar

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00 am to 11 am, Central Time
 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: (Sound will be through your speakers)

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