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Extension Employee Onboarding Modules

These short online modules for new (and even seasoned) Extension employees, cover many areas central to Extension work. They have elements that are common across the west, and complement each institution’s efforts in providing a strategic orientation for Extension employees. The modules may raise some questions for the employee to discuss with their mentors and supervisor, for example, how the topic applies to that employees specific program, position, or location. 

To continually improve the content offered, please click on the survey link at the end of each module and provide your input and feedback (module evaluation).


Three views on accountability explores the groups and individuals we are accountable to and for what. See how accountability plays out from the eyes of a new agent, an experienced agent, and from an administrator.

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Extension Advisory Councils

Extension councils serve in an advisory role in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served.

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Extramural Funding for Extension

This is funding brought in by Extension professionals from within or outside of the institution. Extramural funding may come from a variety of sources including industry, private & public donors, commodity groups, federal, state, and non- governmental agencies and others.

History of Extension

The Cooperative Extension Service is the largest education system of its kind in the world, delivering research- and education-based knowledge directly to the people. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act in 1862, which created land-grant universities.

Program Assessment

Quality needs assessment is the first step in developing a quality program. These resources will assist you in developing high quality, workable needs assessment and information on how to use a logic model in program planning.

Program Evaluation

Evaluating the educational programs that Extension professionals deliver is the key to success in all Extension Program. These resources, while extensive can assist in developing qualitative and quantitive program evaluation.

Sharing Impacts

Sharing the impact of your work is important, whether through scholarly engagement or informal discussion validates the programs successes throughout your community. The resources provide a context for sharing impacts in both a formal and informal setting.

Adult Education

Extension Educators work with a variety of audiences. Usually, they engage adults in the programs that affect the entire community. Having an understanding of adult learning theory is paramount to success in Extension program.

Scholarship of Engagement

Extension educators must engage their audiences to develop and deliver creative and meaningful programs. The knowledge and understanding created this way should be affirmed by peers and widely communicated to serve as building blocks for community growth. That is Engaged Scholarship.

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