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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives in countless ways. Each of us has had to change and innovate on all fronts, including in our work. One of the outcomes of the pandemic are the varied and creative ways in which Extension professionals are adapting and innovating, as we continue to deliver on our promise of enhancing lives through research-based information. The innovations are in many different areas, and aren’t simply focused on technological innovation. Today, we are excited to have a conversation about the evolving meaning and nature of innovation in Extension, and the best practices that are emerging in this unprecedented time. What have we learned about innovation? What will we take to move forward?
Scott Reed, PhD. Scott is the emeritus Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University, where he was responsible for directing Cooperative Extension. He also served as a Professor of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Scott currently serves as an Extension Foundation catalyst.
Chuck Hibberd retired June 30, 2020 after 38 years of service to Cooperative Extension and the Land-grant University system. In his roles as Extension Director at Purdue/UNL as well as chair of ECOP, innovation in all facets of Extension work has been an interest and a passion. Currently, Chuck is serving as a catalyst for the eXtension Foundation helping to foster creativity and acceleration of Extension teams across the U.S.
Molly serves as the Design Strategist for Extension Foundation, where she provides leadership for collaborative, inclusive innovation process and its related curriculum for national Extension professionals and their community members. She has worked in instructional design and technology in Extension organizations for more than 20 years.