Using Technology to Link Researchers and Educators: Evaluation of Electronic Conferencing
Extension Educators' effectiveness in the field is enhanced by the desire and practice of keeping current in the research related to their work. They often rely on conference attendance to learn first-hand from researchers in their field. This article reviews the development, implementation, and effectiveness of a 5-day electronic conference that connected educators in the field and from multiple states with top researchers in a selected area of study. Evaluation data showed that e-conferencing can serve as a cost-effective educational approach for communicating information and stimulating program and professional development. Recommendations for conducting on-line seminars are offered.
Futris, T. G., Adler-Baeder, F., & Dean, K. J. (2004). Using Technology to Link Researchers and Educators: Evaluation of Electronic Conferencing. The Journal of Extension, 42(1), Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss1/9