Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

Epsilon Sigma Phi National Webinars

Epsilon Sigma Phi promotes professional development for its members through the hosting and production of national webinars.  You are encouraged to view upcoming webinars, view past webinars, and submit your own webinar proposal.

To propose a webinar - visit the National ESP Call for Webinar Proposals.  Deadline will be during the month of February annually.

Entire ESP Webinar Archive on YouTube - Visit the YouTube Webinar Playlist Here

ESP Webinar Library

Social Marketing Principles to Increase Behavior Change Among Extension Clients

Presented by: Laura Warner and Dr. Lisa Krimsky, Alpha Delta Chapter, Florida

Social marketing is the application of commercial marketing tools that can promote behavior change benefiting the community and the individual Extension client. This webinar will provide an overview of social marketing and provide Extension professionals with tools they can begin using right away to promote behavior change.

Presented August 2020

Demonstrating Collective Impact: Lessons Learned from a National Effort

Presented by: Elizabeth Kiss, Alpha Rho Chapter, Kansas; Maria Pippidis, Alpha Theta Chapter, Delaware; and Suzanne Bartholomae, Alpha Mu Chapter, Iowa

A national initiative to aggregate all family resource management programming efforts and report national results has been underway since 2015. In this webinar we will describe the process and what we have learned along the way. Participants will learn how they can apply this process in their own programming areas.

Presented June 2020

Proceed With Caution! The When, Where, and How of Extension Engagement

Presented by: Trudy Rice and Bruce Chladny, Alpha Rho Chapter, Kansas

Have you been to a meeting of local decision makers as they deal with the fall out after a decision has been made? Imagine how that might look if the public had been engaged before the decision. What is Extension’s role in engaging the public before the decision is made? 

Presented May 26, 2020

Developing Cultural Competency: Lessons Learned from A Philippines Study Program

Presented by: Global Relations Committee members - Peggy Compton, Celina Wille, Mark Nelson, and Christy Fitzpatrick

As Extension audiences are becoming more diverse, designing culturally appropriate programs will be a critical skill for Extension professionals. This webinar will share outcomes and lessons learned during an international Extension Study Program to the Philippines and consider how those can be applied to local experiences.

Presented April 28, 2020

The Basics for International Collaborations

Numerous opportunities exist for Extension Professionals to participate in International Collaborations. In this webinar, sponsored by the National ESP Global Relations Committee, you will gain knowledge that will help you succeed in global engagements, build professional partnerships, and expand your international opportunities.

Presenters will include Dr. Herbert E. Quintero, Ph.D., Extension Aquaculture Specialist, and Dr. Pam Moore, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, ESP Life Member Barbara Brown and Clemson University Partnership with South Carolina Farmer, North and South Carolina For-Profit and Non-Profit Businesses and the Government of Guinea Bissau, and Kevin Gamble, Global Relations Committee member involved in several international projects and programs. Presenters will highlight their partnership specifics including: How the partnership was initiated and implemented, priority outcomes of the partnership and funding mechanisms for international experiences. 

Augmented Reality, 3600 Images and Virtual Reality, 3D printing & crowdsourcing in Extension

Angela Gupta is a University of Minnesota Extension Forester using 3D printing for new species identification training.

Lisa Anderson focusses on front-end web development, graphic design, video production and augmented reality.

Margo Bowerman is a 4-H Extension Educator in Youth Development focused on STEM.

Amy Rager is the Minnesota Master Naturalist program coordinator and an Extension Educator in Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Education.

Megan Weber is an Extension Educator at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

Augmented Reality, 3600 Images and Virtual Reality, 3D printing & crowdsourcing in Extension 
The University of Minnesota Extension has been exploring and using new technologies to engage landowners, land managers, decision makers and master volunteers in invasive species education and management. This presentation will highlight what worked, what didn’t, general potential expenses and examples including specific pros and cons of these technologies.

Learn why 3D printing works really well for new species identification training, how they are made and reviewed, and were they can be purchased. Find out how augmented reality (AR) can be used as a powerful engagement tool that links users to great online education, encourages youth engagement and what skills are required for production. Virtual reality (VR) and 360 images and videos can be produced for free from any smartphone, but the quality and application of those inexpensive technologies may not meet your needs; learn what could.

Explore how crowdsourcing can be a powerful new tool to gather resources to build projects however knowing the pros and cons and considerations that should be used to establish where crowdsourcing may be most effective. We’ve learned while crowd sourcing digital images and as fundraising. These novel outreach and education tools are new and exciting, but the most valuable part of this presentation may be understanding when to try each tool for an intended outcome. Learn from UMN Extension Educators to understand these technology applications and how they could benefit your work.

Presented 2019

Tips for Adding Some (Adobe) Spark to Your Extension Outreach 

by Erin Yelland & Kylie Ludwig, Kansas State University. 2019

Presented April 5, 2019

In this webinar, ESP Members are introduced to Adobe Spark's free video and page platforms, taught to create a simple video and page, and informed of the various ways Spark can be used in Extension outreach.

What tactics are best for marketing your Extension events?

Amy Cole, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Presented May 11, 2018

In this session I'll cover social media, e-newsletter, and website marketing best practices to increase attendance and improve your ability to target your audience for your county programming and events. A bonus for attendees will be learning how to include paid marketing efforts for social media in your marketing strategy.

This webinar is applicable to agents, specialists, and certain members of support staff who collaborate with experts on how to reach clients.

Healthy Transition into Retirement

Extension webinar presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi and Erin Yelland, Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Presented April 26, 2018

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