eXtension Issues Formal Call for Learning Networks

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eXtension is issuing a formal call for individuals and groups to submit proposals to form Learning Networks. There are no preconceived subject areas that will be given preference. All proposals must justify the importance and need for the Learning Network (LN).

A Learning Network is a group of people who share common emotions, goals, values or beliefs, are actively engaged in learning together from each other. These groups should consist of subject matter experts with or without an Extension appointment, industry professionals, and the general public or a known audience of the learning network. The LN focuses on establishing regular and varied interactions using a variety of online or traditional mechanisms to ensure members’ needs are being met. Learning Networks capitalize on the resources at its disposal to develop products and address emerging relevant topics. They engage in online social spaces and participate in online events, such as webinars. Learning Networks explore all options for potential funding while simultaneously remaining flexible, attentive, and responsive to their network members.

Total amount of funding per Learning Network will be $100,000.00. Funds are available to fund two Learning Networks from this call. Application information should be provided as a single PDF file with signatures of the appropriate parties. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014.

The full documentation on the Learning Network call for proposals is here.

If you have questions, need help, clarification, and guidance in the development of your application, please contact: Craig Wood at craig.wood@extension.org, 859.323.8472, Ashley Griffin at ashley.griffin@extension.org, 859.608.2726, Kyle Kostelecky at kyle.kostelecky@extension.org, 515.450.5884, Anne Adrian, aadrian@extension.org, 334.844.3507.

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eXtension Debuts Oculus Rift Headset in California

The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset will revolutionize the user experience in immersive 3D gaming and simulations. Now in development, the affordable consumer version of Oculus Rift is expected to come to market in about a year.

eXtension has acquired an early prototype of the Rift that you may try for yourself at NeXC, during the Monday evening reception at the eXtension 3D exhibit.

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These goggles use custom tracking technology allowing you to seamlessly look around the virtual world in 360 degrees just as you would in real life. Every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time creating a natural and intuitive experience.

This technology has broad applications beyond gaming. The company has already sold developer kits to companies in virtually every industry, from auto manufacturers to the medical community. NASA is using the Rift to create virtual tours of Mars and the International Space Station. The uses in education and training are unlimited.

“Virtual reality,” says Oculus VP Nate Mitchell, “is a ‘new disruptive medium that can revolutionize the way we do a lot more than just games.’” Forbes is already referring to the way businesses are looking to capitalize on VR as the “Oculus Rift effect.”

eXtension will be on the cutting edge of educational use of the Oculus Rift by integrating Rift capability into its 3D learning environments.

For more information about the Rift watch the company’s promotional video.

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Show Us Your Happy Dance!

The NeXC2014 committee has chosen “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to be the official conference theme song. This infectious tune reflects how we feel about having an opportunity for eXtension folks to gather together for learning, sharing, recognition, and celebration!

To commemorate the event, we will be making our own version of the “Happy” music video, featuring as many happy people as possible. Our videographer, Dmitre Raposo, may approach you during the conference with a request to record a few seconds of your happiest dance. So clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do! (If not, please just let him know.)

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If, somehow, you are not familiar with the “Happy” music video, take a look at the abbreviated version here.

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Anne Adrian Begins eXtension Engineering Leadership

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Effective March 1, 2014 Anne Adrian has assumed a 50% role as eXtension Associate Director while retaining a 50% appointment as Military Families Learning Network Social Media Strategist. Anne will provide leadership for eXtension’s engineering team.

“I am very excited about working with the talented folks in eXtension’s Engineering Group and also working with eXtension’s staff and leadership in this important initiative’s national efforts,” said Anne.

For more information about Anne’s new position or to contact her directly: aadrian@extension.org.

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Learning Opportunities in March 2014 and Beyond

Many learning events are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for March including the events that are part of the National eXtension Conference to be web-streamed. These are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they fit your interests. As part of Extension, you may sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

National Extension Conference (Tag: nexconf)
As you’ve read elsewhere, our national conference will be in Sacramento on March 24-27, 2014. I hope you’ll join us there! But if you or colleagues won’t be in Sacramento, join us virtually by participating in some of the 53 sessions which will be web-streamed. The whole conference is listed in Lanyrd.com/2014/nexconf. Only those sessions to be web-streamed are also listed in Learn.extension.org/events/tag/nexconf with a link for each learning event.

To keep track of your professional development activity in Learn, sign in and click the Attended or Watched box for each event you participate in so that this list can be kept up-to-date for you.

Selected topics in March…
March 18, Using Lanyrd for National eXtension Conference. Learn key features of Lanyrd and how you can use it to enhance your conference experience, or when hosting your own conference. https://learn.extension.org/events/1460

March 7, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Straight Talk About Termites. Learn how termites live and what you need to know to prevent them from recycling your things. https://learn.extension.org/events/1371

March 20, Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them. Learn the three common types of consumer frauds: identity theft, investment fraud, and income tax refund fraud. https://learn.extension.org/events/1500

March 13, Incorporating Video into the Marketing Strategy. Hear about their business, how they can share customer experiences, and what it takes to create short video segments to benefit your business. https://learn.extension.org/events/1396

March 19, Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children. Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills. https://learn.extension.org/events/1451

Popular topics from February…

Your Network Is Your Net Worth. Porter Gale believes your social capital, or your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships, not your financial capital, is your most important asset. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1428.

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: If Flowers are Restaurants to Bees, Then What Are Bees to Flowers? Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1370.

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/ 1427.

Institutional Team Web Conference – February 2014. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1338

The Value of Public Policy Engagement Programs. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1429

Families & Child Well-Being Learning Network. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1477

Savings Strategies for Non-Savers. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1426

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions at the National eXtension Conference and others in 2014. Also add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

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‘Your Network is Your Net Worth’ Porter Gale Webinar

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Porter Gale says you invest in your money, but do you invest in your relationships? The social media expert believes your social capital, or your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships, not your financial capital, is your most important asset. She believes that seeking out and working in collaboration with others who share your interests and values will provide a stronger foundation, enabling you to reach a higher level of success than you would on your own. Therefore, your “net worth” will be based not on the size of your portfolio or the size of your network but on your ability to define and stay true to your passions and values and that working with other people who share them will allow you to build a strong and enduring interpersonal safety net that will carry you through any financial calamity to greater output and personal fulfillment.

Gale will share these and more concepts from her book “Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age.” Gale was to present this at the June 2013 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) conference with eXtension sponsorship, but she became ill and is now pleased to share through this webinar.

2 Eastern / 1 Central / Noon Mountain / 11 Pacific on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 more information is found here: https://learn.extension.org/events/1428

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eXtension in the National News:January 2014 – 6 Communities of Practice, 15 Media Mentions

National media outlets featured and cited eXtension on a number of topics in January.

Beef cattle – 1 mention
Family caregiving – 1 mention
Food safety – 2 mentions
Horticulture – 1 mention
Organic agriculture – 2 mentions
Personal finance – 1 mention
eXtension – 7 mentions

The mentions with links to media are posted at http://create.extension.org/node/98807.

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Learning Opportunities in February 2014 and Beyond

A variety of different learning events are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for January and are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences, and more may be added! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they fit your interests. As part of Extension, you may sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Reporting time…
Wondering what learning events you participated in during 2013 (or any time range)? Go to Learn.extension.org, sign in and click the Activity link at the top right. View your complete log or just look at Attended, Watched, etc. depending on your interests. Be sure to click the Attended or Watched box for each event you participate in so that this list can be kept up-to-date.

Workplace Learning Revolution: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Learn at Work
Watch (or watch again) the video of the virtual conference by Jane Hart(http://c4lpt.co.uk) from Jan. 21. Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1305. Then Join us at the National eXtension Conference (http://conference.extension.org) to hear Jane’s keynote and participate in the interactive session to conclude the conference. Our other keynote at the NeXConf is Dave Gray… you can also watch the recording of his virtual conference for Extension done last June at https://learn.extension.org/events/1096.

Selected topics in February…

February 7, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: If Flowers are Restaurants to Bees, Then What Are Bees to Flowers? Learn how bees help flowers and therefore help feed the world. Find out what you can do to help encourage these valuable pollinators. https://learn.extension.org/events/1370

February 10, The Value of Public Policy Engagement Programs. Part of the Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) project, and this particular webinar will highlight the findings from a recent study on public value that was published in the Journal of Extension. https://learn.extension.org/events/1429

February 17, Hatching and brooding your own chicks. Interested in breeding your own chicks or having an incubation project in your classroom? Mr. Phil Clauer will be discussing what is involved in hatching and brooding your own chicks. https://learn.extension.org/events/1286

February 26, Your Network is Your Net Worth. Porter Gale says you invest in your money, but do you invest in your relationships? The social media expert believes your social capital, or your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships, not your financial capital, is your most important asset. She believes that seeking out and working in collaboration with others who share your interests and values will provide a stronger foundation, enabling you to reach a higher level of success than you would on your own. https://learn.extension.org/events/1428

Popular topics from January…

Workplace Learning Revolution: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Learn at Work, virtual conference by Jane Hart. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1305.

Institutional Team Web Conference – January 2014. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1337

Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message! Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1394

Secrets of Smart Car Buying. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1327

Using Twitter, Games and Videos in Personal Finance. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1329

9 Important Communication Skills for Deescalating the Cycle of Abuse & Violence. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1354

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2014, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution. A new addition to Learn is the ability to add a cover photo to your session’s listing. Displays across the top of your event, scaled to fit width. Recommended dimensions: 1000px x 525px.

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

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NeXConf/NEDA Major Program UPDATES

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March is just around the corner and the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting is just weeks away! Registration is open and rooms at the Sacramento Hyatt are going quickly. Registration and hotel information can be found here!

More than 90 concurrent sessions are scheduled during the conference between keynote speakers, meal events, awards and recognition, networking opportunities, a panel of “Masters” and a special capstone learning event.

Sacramento itself is beckoning with its rich gold rush history, proximity to wine country and some of the richest agricultural lands in America. Extension directors, administrators, specialists, agents & educators will all benefit from this outstanding site as they gather for professional development, networking, team building, and recognition of outstanding contributions to Cooperative Extension.

Join us in Sacramento, March 24-27, 2014!

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High-powered ‘Master’ Panel Featured at NeXConf/NEDA

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Four dynamic online “masters” will be gathered for a panel discussion on learning, working differently, and technology integration at the NeXConf/NEDA meeting in March. Two of the panelists, Dave Gray and Jane Hart are keynote speakers for the conference: Gray specializes in innovation and networked organizations, Hart works to help organizations understand and implement new workplace learning trends and networking. Joining them on the panel will be Beth Kanter an expert in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, and marketing for non-profit organizations. And, Harold Jarche, an expert in connected leadership, social learning, personal knowledge management, and workplace collaboration. Jarche and Kanter are no strangers to CES and eXtension. Both have presented at previous eXtension workshops and conferences. These four individuals will bring new insight and ideas to conference attendees with a special emphasis on transforming organizations through learning networks and connectedness.

Don’t miss this session on Wednesday, March 26!

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