The Current

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Next Webinar: 

The Current Webinar Series will be back in 2016!

Recent Webinar: 

November 18, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Innovations in Stormwater Management 

  • Shahram Missaghi, Extension Educator, Water Resource Management and Policy, University of Minnesota Extension, Innovations in Stormwater
  • Eleanor Burkett, Extension Educator, Water Resource Management and Policy, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Katie Pekarek, Extension Educator, Water Quality, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

October 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Farmer Leadership in Watershed Management

  • Lois Wright-Morton, Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University, Watershed Groups as Catalysts: Intersection of Science and Values
  • Julia Olmstead, Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Early Insights from Wisconsin’s Farmer-led Watershed Councils
  • Todd Sutphin, Operations Manager, Iowa Soybean Association, Watershed Planning: A Farmer-led Perspective

View on YouTube here! 

The Current Webinar Schedule:

Stay tuned! More details coming soon!

Instructions for Accessing Webinars

Please take a few minutes to test your computer equipment. You may need to update software so test your equipment a day or two before the webinar event.

Blackboard Collaborate – First Time Users

We use Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) for the audio portion of these sessions. You will need computer speakers or a headset in order to listen.

Help and Technical Support

The top technical issues:

1. A common problem a first-time user may encounter is the installation of meeting.jnlp or meeting.collab. Although the file is automatically downloaded, it requires administrator rights for the computer being used before it will install. Sometimes this file will initiate installation on its own. If it does not, you will need to locate the file and start the installation process manually. If you are unable to install meeting.jnlp or meeting.collabplease login with your administrator account and reinitiate installation. If problems persist,  check with your local computer administrator for assistance.

2. A Java applet is used to make the connection between your computer and the online conference. A computer may be running an earlier version of Java so that it can continue to work with older software.  To use that computer the version of Java will have to be updated. If this is not practical, consider using another computer for connecting to the conference.

In addition, you may be able to participate via your cell phone. Check your app store for the Blackboard Collaborate app.