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: 

November 16, 2016, 2:00-3:00 CT: Land Use of Riparian Ecosystems in the Northern Great Plains: Resources for Extension and Adult Education

  • Mary Berg, North Dakota State University
  • Melissa Wuellner, South Dakota State University
  • Leslie Johnson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Upcoming Webinar Dates:

December 21, 2016: TBD

Recent Webinar:

September 21, 2016, 2:00-3:00 CT: Planning for the future of a watershed: Lessons from Yahara 2070

  • Christopher Kucharik, Professor, UW-Madison Department of Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment – How scenarios can help us plan for the future better.
  • Eric Booth, Assistant Research Scientist in Ecohydrology, Departments of Agronomy and Civil & Environmental Engineering – How models can enrich scenarios of water quality change.
  • Jenny Seifert, Science Writer/Outreach Coordinator, UW-Madison Water Sustainability and Climate Project – How do we encourage long-term thinking?

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.collab please 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.