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Inclusive Design for Accessible Presentations

September 18, 2019

When you prepare for your next workshop or presentation, use these tips on how to tweak your slides so that everyone gets the most out of it, especially for individuals who are visually impaired.

Is your slide font readable? The World Blind Union (WBU) highly suggests using sans serif font types such as Helvetica, Arial, and Verdana. Unlike serif typefaces, these font styles do not have small finishing strokes, which makes them more legible and readable for people with low vision and dyslexia. A 32-point size font is the ideal text size to use in most room settings. This is so that near-sighted people can understand what you are pointing to, even from a distance.

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A Meeting of the Minds...and DiSC Style

August 6, 2019

Meetings. They are common in any organization. And to some, are a dreaded necessity - and for good reason. They can feel disorganized, too long, and downright unneeded. But there is hope - meetings can go from dysfunctional to functional!

Consider using your Everything DiSC Workplace assessment results to bridge any gaps between meeting attendees and good communication. Knowing your own DiSC style, and those of your coworkers, helps you to adjust your communication style—and even your meeting structure—to work better for everyone involved. 

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Inclusive Presentations: Make Sure They Hear Your Message!

August 6, 2019

The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill–whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an in-person audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, to participants at a program at your institution, or in an online program. As educators, we give so much focus to the quality of the content we are presenting that all too often we don’t pay enough attention to the learning experience we are creating in the presentation of that content. If the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience, including those with disabilities. 

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Coming Together for Racial Understanding

January 25, 2019

Civil dialogue involves creating a safe place for participants to assemble to discuss a challenging issue.  The process of dialogue typically involves some level of facilitation, agreement to a set of guidelines, and has a central focus on increasing understanding among participants on the topic.  Civil dialogue will always seek to foster listening and understanding.  This particular framework focuses the dialogue efforts on race relations.

eAccessibility Update: Closed Captions

November 7, 2018

Providing closed captions for videos is a best practice we should all be using. A study on television accessibility by Ofcom finds that 80% of people who use closed captions are neither deaf nor hard of hearing. And, while the remaining 20% is the most important audience to provide closed captions for, this goes to show how many environments call for closed captions.

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Creating Learning Objectives

July 17, 2018

Creating Learning Objectives is a critical initial step in planning a program and assessing learning.

ISU Extension and Outreach’s primary product is research-based programs. As an initial first step in planning a quality program, it is important to begin with the end in mind; create program learning objectives that align with the program’s intended outcomes.

Enhancing Your Impact - Emotional Intelligence

July 17, 2018

What exactly is emotional intelligence? It's all about self-awareness and self-management. Research shows that people with a higher EQ-i find more success in their work and personal lives. These individuals who "pick up" on the emotions of others and use that awareness to better manage their interactions with others, resulting in more positive outcomes.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Holds Annual Awards Recognition

April 4, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach presented awards March 26 at the 2018 Annual Conference to extension professionals for their meritorious and length of service, as well as to valued partners. The awards ceremony at the Scheman Building in Ames was a combined ceremony with Epsilon Sigma Phi, ISU Extension and Outreach’s honor society.

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Give Mine to EIE

February 21, 2018

The Excellence in Extension Fund is designed to improve and enrich the quality of educational programs offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and supports staff and programs through the distribution of grants. Excellence in Extension provides competitive grants that are open to all ISU Extension and Outreach employees - campus, field, and county. 

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