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: 

May 18, 2016, 2:00-3:00 CT: Developing Capacity for Local Watershed Management

  • Anne Baird and Joe Bonnell, The Ohio State University, Professional Development Needs of Water Resource Managers: Core Competencies
  • Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University and Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University, Perspective from four Watershed Academy Programs on Training Water Resource Professionals
  • Ann Lewandowski, University of Minnesota, Professional Training Methods: The Role of Online Learning
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Recent Webinar:

April 20, 2016, 2:00-3:00 CT: Developing a Land-grant Institution Soil Health Network in the North Central Region- Watch Now

  • Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University – Iowa Soil Health Conference: Lessons learned on hosting a soil health conference
  • Walt Sell, Purdue University and Lisa Holscher – Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI): How Extension, SWCD, ISDA and NRCS work together for soil health programming
  • Paul Gross, Michigan State University – North Central Region Soil Health Group: Building a soil health network across state lines            

Upcoming Webinars: 

June 15, 2016: Green Infrastructure for Water Resource Management

July 20, 2016: Extension Programs for Youth Environmental and STEM Education

August 17, 2016: Status of Groundwater Resources in the North Central Region

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.