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Kari Robideau

Extension educator and Extension professor

Kari Robideau

Kari has a specialized role in distance learning. She develops online learning opportunities for 4-H staff and other youth workers. Our center uses her development model for non-credit adult learners to create cohort-based courses and asynchronous 4-H volunteer training modules. She has led the development of a nationally offered online course for the North Central Region Volunteer Specialists.  Her teaching and research interests are in creating engaging and interactive web-based learning environments.

Kari leads myriad ongoing educational opportunities, including the Youth Development Brown Bag Webinar SeriesYouth Development Podcast Series, and online courses including self-studies and online cohort-based courses.

In the past she has worked with children, youth and families as a practitioner, educator and college instructor. She has worked with young people in the 4-H program; been a coordinator for a year-long, ninth-grade youth leadership program; supported a youth-in-philanthropy board; and has provided technical assistance to a community planning process to help youth and adults form stronger partnerships. As a college instructor, she taught courses to emerging adults seeking child & family studies and education degrees. Through parent education, college instruction and community organizing efforts, Kari has found the value of educating adults who work with young people to help foster purposeful, high-quality programs and opportunities for youth.

Learn more on Kari's Linkedin profile.

Academic degrees and experience

  • M.S., child development/family science, North Dakota State University.

  • B.A., psychology and child & family studies, Concordia College.

  • Minnesota Board of Teaching: Parent/Adult Education Teaching License.

  • Quality Matters Online Course Peer Reviewer Certification.

Publications and resources

Online development for non-credit adult learners



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