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Communication Camp Update

In December 2012, Agriculture Communication launched Communication Camp, an opportunity for Extension team to gain valuable communication skills, better understand communication and education in the digital age, and produce text, images and video that they can use in their educational programs.

We are beginning to think about the next Communication Camp for NDSU Extension. Are you interested? Do you have thoughts about how it should be structured?

In the past 3 years, more than 80 NDSU professionals have taken part in Communication Camp. Now that opportunity has been extended to Extension teams across the nation through Virtual Communication Camp (VCC). VCC was developed with an Innovation Grant from eXtension. We are currently in the midst of a pilot with participants from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey and other states.

As we wrap up VCC and begin to think about our next Communication Camp for NDSU Extension, we are thinking about how to use what we are learning from VCC.

Is there a way to create a virtual/face-to-face hybrid? A hybrid might allow us to shorten the face-to-face "seat time," which can make it difficult for some people to attend. On the other hand, many teams have commented on the value of having extended time to focus on their program and communication plan. There is definitely a lot to think and talk about, and we'd like you to join the conversation. Even if you have never attended Communication Camp, we welcome your input.

Check out the Communication Camp and Virtual Communication Camp websites for more information on each program. Let me know if you and/or your team is interested in attending Communication Camp, or if you have thoughts on the best way to structure the next camp.

Thanks!

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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