The Google Earth Pro Pilot

The 360-degree images were created by proprietary software overlaying and stitching approximately thirty images together into one equirectangular panorama. Here is an example of a 360- degree image that places individuals in an ecological state within the sagebrush steppe of southeastern Oregon. Storyboarding was a process we learned early in the development of traditional and hybrid GEP Extension courses. We believed that adding existing content to the pilot GEP Extension course could be accomplished with the assistance of an instructional designer using the storyboarding process.

360-degree image used in the GEP course

Part 2: Innovating the GEP Online Extension Curriculum

The Process of Innovation

By 2020, our team was complete, and we were committed to updating and expanding the pilot curriculum. We began making improvements based on participant feedback. New team members brought different skills and additional content. We agreed upon seven modules that would walk land managers through the land management planning process. Because many private rangeland managers also manage irrigated pastures, two of our new team members developed an irrigation module. Our team also contracted with Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) within the Division of Extension & Engagement. This enabled us to access the skills of an instructional designer. The project lead maintained and communicated the broad project vision with the instructional designer. Team leaders for each module were given the autonomy to create content that reflected their expertise. The module themes, leadership, and collaboration are illustrated in Table 1.

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