Formal and informal professional development in Extension occurs across many systems, including state– and regional-based Extension units, Joint Council of Extension (JCEP) professional organizations, eXtension, the Journal of Extension, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research, and the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL).
The urban context of diversity, complexity, and scale require Extension professionals, with diverse backgrounds, to develop unique competencies that build upon those addressed through existing professional development programs.
Learning opportunities begin with awareness, and build through levels of engagement. These online resources advance the development of Extension professionals working in urban communities. Instructional design is competency-based and incorporates interactive digital delivery and hands-on active learning.
Below is an infographic about professional development opportunities provided by OSU’s Extension in the City Professional Development program.