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Program Development and Educational Design

Extension education can be formal (classroom environmental) and informal (webinars). The delivery method and target audience varies depending upon the needs of the clientele. But the purpose remains the same - educating people and helping them learn information they can use to make decisions in their lives. Remember the NDSU Extension purpose is: "to create learning partnerships that help adults and youth enhance their lives and communities." Even though the various media used have changed, the Ten Guiding Values of Extension Education has remained true for years.

Educational design is a process. Program planning is a process. You will be asked for ideas and input. Your program planning team will prioritize and create a list of educational materials and programs to be developed for all staff to use.

Designing Educational Programs and Materials

As you become more familiar with Extension and your subject area, you will be expected to teach at your local level. Resources are all around you - but now it's your turn to deliver. When the time comes to develop your first program, guidelines are available to assist you with the process: Steps for Planning Extension Educational Programs. Your mentor, district director and orientation training will provide tools and guidance as you learn to build strong programs.



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