This course will help you become a better facilitator in a rapidly evolving virtual world. The global pandemic impacted our daily routines in many ways, including the transition of in-person meetings to virtual platforms. Do you find yourself leading more virtual groups? Would you like to improve engagement? Better manage the group’s process and challenges? Have more confidence with the multiple aspects of virtual technology? Adapt proven techniques and tools for a virtual environment? Join us as we explore the emerging best practices of virtual facilitation skills. This course builds on the well-known Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills Level One training. We will build confidence and practice skills in a safe, supportive space.

This course consists of two parts. Each week there will be videos, resource materials and discussion threads for you to engage with prior to our live weekly sessions. These materials will prepare you for for the live, weekly gatherings where we will focus our time on opportunities for deeper discussion of the issues and facilitation practice. It is important that you build time into your schedule for both of these components. 

Live Weekly Sessions: (All Times are Eastern)

  • March 31, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm
  • April 7, 2022 |  1:00-3:00pm
  • April 14, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm
  • April 21, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm
  • April 28, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm 
The fee for this course is $125. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

This course is free. 

This course is open to:  

  • Researchers
  • Organizations (including community-based and health systems)
  • Decision-makers
  • Project teams (including coalitions) who plan to use stakeholder-engaged research, to create research priorities or agendas. 
  • Community members

The Stakeholder Engagement in quEstion Development and prioritization (SEED) Method is a multi-stakeholder approach to engaging communities in research, problem solving, and action planning. 

Developed by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, SEED provides a framework for collaborative research and action planning that can be scaled up or down depending on project resources and goals.

By the end of this course you will be able to …

  • Understand how to apply the SEED Method to your collaborative projects
  • Understand how to use and find SEED Method participatory tools  
  • Understand the roles of the community-based participatory Research Team and Topic Groups 
  • Understand how to utilize the following SEED Method participatory tools: stakeholder matrices, conceptual modeling, strategy development and prioritization

We are also on Connect Extension! For more information on the SEED Method, visit our site and join our SEED Method subgroup on Connect Extension at

The Reach Out for Wellness Course is designed to support the mental health needs of Extension professionals following natural disasters.

This research-based course is comprised of five modules with engaging videos and additional resources to help you reflect on your wellness and learn strategies to support your needs associated with disaster recovery.

Participation is free, self-paced and will help you:

  • Better understand your own wellness.
  • Gain insights on the personal impacts of natural disasters.
  • Learn how to use your support system to cope with stress related to natural disasters.

OBS allows you to stream video to FB. Learn more in this self-paced free class full of resources and tutorials. Course developer: Jen Chilek

In this course, teams will learn how to prepare educational messages and develop various tools to carry out those messages to targeted audiences.

For more information or assistance, contact Bob Bertsch,, or Becky Koch,

We are pleased to announce a new online civil rights training. The goal is to assist you in supporting diversity and inclusion in Extension research and education while eliminating discrimination across programs and hiring practices. The training consists of five lessons reviewing civil rights laws and resources that you can apply to your Extension work. Together, we can surpass civil rights expectations and to continue our commitment to making the U.S. Cooperative Extension System an organization that welcomes and supports diversity, inclusion and equity.

This training was created by University of Minnesota Extension, and we thank Dean Beverly Durgan for making it available. For information email

Enrolling in this course requires entry of an Enrollment Key. Enter your institution email domain name (the text before 'edu'). If you are not sure what to use, see

The Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) program is targeted for advisory leader volunteers and those that work directly with them.Volunteers that support Extension (a.k.a. Advisory Leaders) ensure Extension’s future by making sure Extension programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of citizens.By partnering with Cooperative Extension and assisting with marketing, programming, and advocacy efforts, volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our organization.The SEAL program works to continue developing new curriculum and related resources to support volunteer involvement.

Municipal clerks and treasurers in Montana who take this course will participate in assessments for each of the sessions held during Municipal Institute 2017. For more information or to enroll contact Ashley Kent,, at Montana State University.

This online course consists of six units which address various topics relevant to municipal government in Montana. Each unit contains required readings and/or other media, discussion boards, a quiz. It is anticipated that participants will complete each unit in approximately two hours for a total of 12 credited Institute hours.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Lydia Maunz,, at Montana State University.

This course is intended to satisfy the annual ethics training requirements for the City of Bozeman employees, elected officials and appointed officials. The training is based on the Montana Code Annotated and City of Bozeman policy, and will educate participants in laws, policies, and best practices.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Ashley Kent, Montana State University Extension,

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This course is an introduction to basic parliamentary procedure based on Robert’s Rules of Order. Participants will learn about the reason for parliamentary procedure, reference materials available to answer procedural questions, and fundamental meeting formats, actions, and governance.

Instructor/Contact: Ashley Kent, Montana State University Extension’s Local Government Center,

The Nitrate QuikTest is a qualitative field test that can be used to determine presence or absence of nitrate in small grains, annual forages, and weeds.  It is only available for use by trained, certified individuals within the NDSU Extension system.  The initial training and certification process will be conducted through face-to-face training sessions, and subsequent recertification will be conducted on an annual basis utilizing an online format.  Trainees will be expected to learn and demonstrate an understanding of the following information:

a.       Protocol and safety measures for utilizing the Nitrate QuikTest

b.       Conditions leading to nitrate accumulation and forage management strategies to reduce risks

c.       Nitrate toxicity in livestock and general feeding management/recommendations

d.       Proper sampling and interpretation of laboratory analysis for nitrate content of feedstuffs

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Participants will learn a variety of competencies related to district court administration and management. Montana Clerks of District Court have worked with the Montana State University Extension Local Government Center to develop educational curriculum. The curriculum is designed to ensure the clerks of district court across the state receive timely. relevant, and impactful training and that each clerk can demonstrate key skills to perform the duties of their position. 

This "course" serves as a first level of support for users of eXtension's Campus, its online course system. It provides a set of frequently asked questions designed to help users do some of their own troubleshooting, but also displays instructions for how to contact the Campus help desk.

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By taking this course, students will learn: Grants are a vital piece in your community’s funding puzzle…and you can do it. Whether you’ve never written a grant proposal before or are looking for new tips and tricks, this course is designed for community leaders, volunteers, municipal employees and nonprofit workers who are looking to expand funding options for projects that will improve their communities.

  • Sources of data for community needs.
  • Where to find grants.
  • Elements of a great grant proposal.
  • Practicing the grant elements.

For more information or to enroll please contact: UNH Extension Field Specialists Stephen Meno ( or Jared Reynolds (

The Montana Municipal Institute is a 4.5-day training conference for Montana municipal officials. Participants include municipal clerks, treasurers, finance officers, and elected officials. This online course serves as the academic portal for the Institute, where participants can find presentation materials, quizzes, and presenter biographies.

Instructor/Contact: Ashley Kent, Montana State University Extension’s Local Government Center,

This is a set of forums designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas, questions, and suggestions among all those who are involved in the development, teaching, grading, delivering, and supporting online courses hosted at eXtension's online campus.  For questions about enrolling in this course or its purpose, please contact Dr. Larry Lippke,