Skip to main content

ICYMI- Asynchronous Programs


Nearly five dozen Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation gathered to discuss asynchronous programs and how we are making our formerly face-to-face programs available to clientele who want to learn on their own time not necessarily at the same time as everyone else like a webinar.

We and our clientele are busier than ever and often cannot participate in synchronous events, so in order to reach them, we need to turn to provide programs asynchronously. As per the chat, most types of programs we are running include online class styles, videos/recorded webinars, activity kits combined with an online space to provide tips and discussion, Social Media β€œLive”.

Asynchronous programs can reach all different audiences. Adults and Youth. Individuals, Families, Parents. Producers, Volunteers. Low income. Asynchronous programs can benefit almost everyone! 

Many examples of synchronous interaction in addition to asynchronous programs may be effective to keep people engaged and connected, but also having an asynchronous β€œspace” for discussion, chat, utilizing apps such as Marco Polo, Padlet, Slack. Asynchronous programming outputs can be seen through quizzes and evaluations to measure items learned or behavior changes. Other kinds of outputs include reporting virtually: online journaling, record keeping, testimonials.

When asked "are you seeing a difference between in-person educational experiences and asynchronous virtual programming?" There IS a difference!! The pros of having asynchronous programming are: reaching non-traditional audiences, flexibility, and convenience. Cons shared include interactivity challenges, finding appropriate tools.

There are so many tools available to help Cooperative Extension professionals achieve asynchronous programs, check them out:

Graphics- Canva, Adobe Spark 

Video- iMovie, Screencast-o-matic, Zoom, YouTube , VidGrid, SnagIt, Vimeo

Online Classes- Google Classroom, Canvas

Team Work Platforms- FB Units, Microsoft Teams 

For all the details and full chat, just follow this link!

Add Comment


About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

Link copied to your clipboard.