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Tech Coffee Break - February 1, 2016


Bob Bertsch, Facilitator
~ 22 participants

Bob reminded that these coffee breaks are for sharing ideas, throwing out problems, etc.

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Brenda Vertin has completed about a dozen surveys, mostly personnel or program evaluations, rather than registrations. Brenda said it’s pretty easy to learn. It’s linked from the Group Decision Center website. She said the tutorials are really good. She recommends having the tutorial on one screen and work on your evaluation/survey on another. See https://ndsu.me/qualtrics.

Joe Zeleznik also has used it for program assessment – very straightforward and useful. Todd Weinmann found it to be fairly easy to use. Kari Presler and Cami Bauman in Morton County have used it for pesticide registration, parenting classes and archery tournaments. Bob said it works well if not collecting an online fee. If collecting money, we must use NDSU eMarketplace. Morton County says where to send their check separately.

Lori Lymburner has used it since Fall 2014 for candidate evaluations, conference evaluations and more. She found it extremely simple and useful, and agreed the tutorials are great.

Esther McGinnis uses it for Master Gardener course evaluations. The summary statistics are clear.

Bob said Qualtrics allowed Nourishing Boomers to import a list of emails so reminders were sent only to those who hadn’t completed it.

Mary Berg used it for program evaluations. Results are easy to share and go through data.

Steve Judd from New Hampshire and Brigitte Scott from Virginia Tech are leading a learning community in Google+. (Can’t use your NDSU Google account.) Will have some training and sharing. Can still sign up at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K24R549U4DmMkwnmoOPZJa_KLwALg_F-Kp5Pu-5X1J4

Google Forms

Bob and Sonja also use Google Forms for registrations. Google Forms is simpler but not as robust. Others have used Google Forms for 4-H event registration, parenting classes, etc. Example: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/potatoextension/scout-school-registration

Bob said for faculty and staff awards, he used JotForm that allowed people to upload resumes’, letters of recommendation, etc. JotForm worked with Google Drive, but Janelle Quam has had to do quite a bit of cleanup.

In Qualtrics, Sonja found a File Upload option. She said Qualtrics has many more question option types than Google Forms.

In the second phase of Extension orientation, Bob shares Qualtrics and Google Forms, but also PollEverywhere, Mentimeter and Plickers, which are smartphone and Web response programs similar to TurningPoint clickers. These probably can’t do robust evaluation, but at least pre- and post. Stacy Wang shared Plickers at fall conference. See her slides and others at www.slideshare.net/tag/ndsuconf15.


Bob and Sonja are looking for feedback on how sustainably they support Ag CMS training/learning. They’ll have intro and advanced preconferences at Support Staff Conference. The how-to guide is at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/training/agcms/ag-cms-how-to-guide.

Ag Comm Training Webinars

The Ag Comm webinar series just started in January on Skype for Business. The Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Central Time one will be cloud storage and collaboration: Google Drive and OneDrive/SharePoint. Webinars are the third Wednesday at 3 p.m. Central.


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Kelli Armbruster is developing infographics for Extension social media. January was slow-cooker month, so it included a brief tip and link to a publication. February will include infographics on heart health and potato production. Bob encouraged others to share the NDSU Extension Service Facebook post. Should the infographics be posted somewhere so staff can get to them for posting elsewhere?

Dena suggested an Ag Comm webinar on infographics so counties can create their own, and Kelli agreed.

Next Tech Coffee Break

3 p.m. Central Time, Monday, March 7

Notes from Becky Koch


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