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: 

September 16, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Citizen Water Quality Monitoring

  • Matt Young, Illinois RiverWatch Coordinator, Overview of Citizen Monitoring
  • Peggy Doty, Illinois Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship, Intro to Extension’s nutrient-related water quality outreach efforts
  • Ilana Haimes, UW-Extension Program Assistant, Making the Connection Between Citizen Monitoring and Nutrient Related Water Quality Outreach

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Recent Webinar: 

August 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Agricultural Irrigation Management Watch Now

  • Joshua Stamper, Irrigation Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota, Validating Variable Rate Irrigation Prescriptions
  • John Panuska, Natural Resource and Bio Environmental Engineer, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Becky Larson, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Irrigation Activities in Wisconsin
  • Joshua Stamper, Irrigation Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota, Outcomes from Irrigation Capacity Building Workshop for Irrigation Professionals in the North Central Region 
The Current Webinar Schedule:

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

  • Lois Wright-Morton, Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University
  • Julia Olmstead, Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Todd Sutphin, Operations Manager, Iowa Soybean Association

November 18, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Stormwater

Past Webinars

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.