eXtension’s MFLN Personal Finance Hosts Virtual Learning Event, June 3-5

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The Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance team will host a 3-day interactive virtual event June 3-5, 2014 on Money Behavior: How People Make Financial Decisions.

“The virtual learning event is something new and different. It is akin to a ‘track’ at a face-to-face conference where a number of related webinars are grouped together around a common theme. The theme of all of the virtual learning event webinars is to explore factors that affect financial behavior from a variety of perspectives,” said Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University Extension personal finance specialist.

The event will include three 2-hour webinars and one 90-minute panel discussion. AFC-credentialed participants of the entire event will be eligible to earn 7.5 free CEUs.

“We will go beyond basic technical aspects of personal finance and learn more about why people have certain financial habits, where they come from, and how they can help or hinder financial success. Understanding why certain behaviors are the way they are is key to helping individuals and families to address these and move towards positive financial practices,” said Michael Gutter, Associate Professor and Family Economics State Specialist, University of Florida.

The speakers for this 3-day session will focus on the psychology of finance and the process behind the decisions we make that impact our financial actions. The schedule includes:
Mental Health and Financial Management with presenter Dr. Lois Vitt on Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. ET. This 120-minute session (including 30 minute Q&A) is worth 2 AFC CEUs
Heuristics, Anchoring, Narrowing Choice with presenter Dr. Michael Gutter on Wednesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET. This 120-minute session (including 30 minute Q&A) is worth 2 AFC CEUs
Culture of Personal Finance with presenter Dr. Barbara O’Neill on Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. ET. This 120-minute session (including 30 minute Q&A) is worth 2 AFC CEUs
Panel Discussion: What Young Adults Need to Know About Money on Thursday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET. This 90-minute session is worth 1.5 CEUs

“I hope participants that are new to our webinars will join the virtual learning event and enrich the network by providing their expertise and comments. I hope this is an opportunity for our network to really grow,” said Gutter.

You may submit questions to our panelists by emailing them to fsawebinars@gmail.com or by tagging your question on Twitter with #MFLNPF.

So mark these dates on your calendar now and plan to join the eXtension Military Families Learning Network for all four of these great learning opportunities.

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NeXConf/NEDA Attendees ‘HAPPY’ with ‘International’ Conference

NeXConf Master Panel:  From left, Harold Jarche, Dave Gray, Jane Hart, Beth Kanter, Bob Bertsch, Moderator.

NeXConf Master Panel: From left, Harold Jarche, Dave Gray, Jane Hart, Beth Kanter, Bob Bertsch, Moderator.

Rarely does a conference end with attendees dancing in their seats, but at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors and Administrators joint meeting they literally did just that!

More than 300 people, including attendees from Australia and Canada, celebrated successful keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, networking and awards, exhibits and technology demonstrations that all took place in beautiful Sacramento, California. For many attendees, escaping winter weather was frosting on the cake as they heard learning experts Dave Gray, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, and Beth Kanter share their insights and integrate their own philosophies on learning networks into Cooperative Extension’s work.

One attendee noted: “This was the first eXtension conference I’ve attended. I was very satisfied. I was even more surprised at the level of excitement veteran attendees had throughout the conference. I thought we were exposed to top-tier speakers that shared cutting edge trends and ideas that will definitely enhance if not totally shift the Extension pro gram’s paradigm of how to effectively reach out to the communities we serve.”

One unique part of the conference was the creation of a YouTube video customizing the popular Pharrell Williams song “Happy”. eXtension’s LuAnn Phillips and Dmitre Raposo captured attendees throughout the conference dancing during breaks, meals, and at the opening reception. The result is here!

As more than 50 concurrent sessions were delivered live in Sacramento, those same sessions were streamed via Internet to more than 550 participants throughout the world. Communities of Practice, Learning Networks, Institutional/Innovation Teams, eXtension focus areas all gathered with exhibits to share their ideas and successes with attendees, including extension directors and administrators from across the country.

NeXConf/NEDA was alive and well on social media! On Twitter 434 people sent 3,655 tweets reaching 762,006 accounts with 27,359,601 impressions. On Facebook, 5753 unique users reached with 603 users engaged and 18,256 impressions. On Pinterest the conference had 91 pins on 14 boards with 59 followers and on Instagram there were 168 posts by 27 people with 405 likes.

Related links:

NeXConf/NEDA conference website

NeXConf/NEDA social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeXConf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nexconf
Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2014/nexconf/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/NeXConf/

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Directors, Administrators, Conference Attendees Do ‘Happy’ Dance!

Amy Hays is Happy!

Amy Hays is Happy!

As Internet memes go, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is making the rounds. The upbeat song featured in the film Despicable Me 2 is being featured around the world by cities, groups, families, and more. And, Cooperative Extension is no exception.

Under the leadership of eXtension’s LuAnn Phillips and Dmitre Raposo attendees and speakers at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting were captured on video as they frolicked to Williams’ tune. The result was an engaging 4-plus minute video displaying the talents of Cooperative Extension’s stars!

Check it out here!

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eXtension Releases Annual Report; State Reports

Annual Report

Sarah Baughman, eXtension Evaluation and Research Leader, has released the 2013 eXtension Annual Report as part of the National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting in Sacramento in March.

“This report, done as an infographic, reflects the growth and change eXtension has experienced in 2013 and looks toward even greater growth for the years ahead,” said Baughman.

The report is supplemented with testimonials from both internal and external users of eXtension.

Baughman also released individual State Reports to directors and administrators at the NEDA meeting. These reports, again done in an infographic style, outlined each state’s participation in Ask an Expert and Communities of Practice.

“The state reports are a more streamlined version of previous reports removing irrelevant data and detailing critical information reflecting the success of each state’s participation in Ask an Expert,” said Baughman.

The 2013 Annual report can be found here.

State reports can be found here.

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2014 NeXConf/NEDA Truly International Experience

Australian delegates to NeXConf/NEDA visit the University of California-Davis following the conference.

Australian delegates to NeXConf/NEDA visit the University of California-Davis following the conference.

The 2014 eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors and Administrators joint meeting became a truly international event this year.

A group from Australia attended the conference because of a new and important collaboration with eXtension involving the development of Australian learning networks in crop diseases, crop nutrition, and knowledge management. The group included representatives from the Department of Environment and Primary Services–Victoria; the Department of Primary Industries-New South Wales; and the Grains Research and Development Corporation of Australia.

They came to learn all they could about eXtension in hopes of developing learning networks as part of Australia’s National Research, Development and Extension Framework. Many in the group presented breakout sessions that further detailed their efforts and plans.

The group included:
Department of Environment & Primary Industries – Victoria
Kieran Murphy, Service Innovation Manager, Farm Services, Agriculture Group
Richard Vines, Knowledge Management Specialist, Farm Services Victoria
Katherine Hollaway, Editor – Victorian Winter Crop Summary, Coordinator – Field Crop Diseases Learning Network – extension-AUS, Grains Branch – Farm Services Victoria

Grains Research & Development Corporation
Kyle Thoms, Senior Manager Products & Services
Gavin Beever, ORM, Pty Ltd, Managing Consultant
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Julie White, Team Leader, e-Extension and Publications, NSW-DPI
Luke Beange, Soils Development Officer, NSW-DPI

Conference attendees also welcomed Barb Shackel-Hardman, Head of the Ag Industry Extension and Training Branch of Alberta Canada’s Agriculture and Rural Development.

Following the conference the international contingent saw many states in the US and ended their visit in Washington DC.

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eXtension Awards Honor ‘Champions’, Outstanding Leadership, Working Differently

Champions

The eXtension Governing Committee honored three individuals with “Champion” awards in Sacramento on March 26. The eXtension Champion Award is presented by the organization’s Governing Committee to individuals instrumental in the creation and development of the eXtension initiative within Cooperative Extension. Click on each link below to see the full story on each award winner.

The 2014 recipients were Betsy Graham, program analyst, Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; William Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship for CHS Inc. and president of the CHS Foundation; and Lela Vandenberg, leadership and professional development specialist at Michigan State University Extension.

Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University, and the Feral Hogs Community of Practice received Working Differently in Extension Awards. The Working Differently in Extension Award recognizes an individual or group for engagement with clientele, co-workers, and others in new and different ways. It lauds the demonstrable impacts made, both quantitatively and qualitatively as they do their work. And, the award provides an opportunity to show how this individual or team works online and within a learning network.

Institutional/Innovation Teams from the University of Delaware and the University of Georgia were awarded Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional/Innovation Team Awards. An Outstanding Institutional/Innovation Team has demonstrated the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a ‘fit’ for its state and institution. An Outstanding team also helps eXtension know just what its state and institution brings to eXtension.

Finally, two individuals were honored for their work in eXtension Communities of Practice. John Dorner, Network Literacy Community of Practice member, IT Director for the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program and formerly with North Carolina State University and Karen Waite, Michigan State University Extension Equine 4-H/Youth Specialist and member of the HorseQuest Community of Practice received the Community of Practice Individual Achievement Award.

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Learning Opportunities in April 2014 and Beyond

Many learning events are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for April 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. Please 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)
Our 2014 national eXtension conference was very successful during the last week of March! It was great to have so many of you participate in Sacramento or virtually during many of the web-streamed sessions.

The keynote speakers provided lots to inspire you to think differently about how we work in Cooperative Extension. Links to the recordings of the keynote sessions are at the eXtension YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/user/eXtensionInitiative. “The Connected Organization,” by Dave Gray, “The Next Generation of Learning Practices in the Age of Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration,” by Jane Hart and “Taking the Success of a Learning Network to the Next Level,” by Betsy Graham.

The recorded concurrent sessions will be converted and also moved to YouTube this month. For now, you may find the links to the concurrent sessions in either Learn (https://learn.extension.org/events/tag/nexconf) or in Lanyrd (http://lanyrd.com/2014/nexconf/schedule).

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 April…

April 3, Trauma in Young Children Under 4-Years of Age: Attachment, Neurobiology, and Interventions,https://learn.extension.org/events/1416

April 4, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Get TickSmart: 10 Things to Know, 5 Things to Do,https://learn.extension.org/events/1381

April 10, Smart Choice Health Insurance, https://learn.extension.org/events/1435

April 10, Composting for poultry, https://learn.extension.org/events/1433

April 10, Webinar: Wildlife Control Training for Master Gardeners, https://learn.extension.org/events/1568

April 15, Military Home Buying and Selling, https://learn.extension.org/events/1501

April 25, Master Equine Manager Certificate, https://learn.extension.org/events/1436

Popular topics from March
Engaging the next Generation of Extension Leaders, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1465

Using Lanyrd for National eXtension Conference, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1460

Evaluation CoP Membership Meeting, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1553

Tax Planning Updates for Military Families, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1440

Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1500

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Straight Talk About Termites Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1371

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1451

Incorporating Video into the Marketing Strategy, Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1396

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 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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University of Georgia Named Outstanding Institutional Team Winner

Dennis Calvin (far left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Janet Hollingsworth, Steve Walker, Faith Peppers, Chris Adcock, Janet Sylvia, Todd Hurt, and Beverly Sparks, Georgia Cooperative Extension Director.

Dennis Calvin (far left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Janet Hollingsworth; Steve Brown, Assistant Dean for Extension; Faith Peppers, Jeff Buckley, Janet Sylvia, Todd Hurt, and Beverly Sparks, Associate Dean for Extension.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The University of Georgia Institutional Team has been honored by eXtension as a 2014 Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award winner. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

“An Outstanding Institutional Team has demonstrated the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a ‘fit’ for its state and institution. An Outstanding team also helps eXtension know just what its state and institution brings to eXtension,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

The University of Georgia team includes Janet Sylvia, Diane Bales, Jeff Buckley, Willie Chance, Keith Fielder, Janet Hollingsworth, Michelle Lewis, Mark Risse, Todd Hurt, Faith Peppers, Amanda Tedrow, Steve Walker and Chris Adcock.

“This Institutional Team has helped Georgia Cooperative Extension grow in new directions during a difficult budget time. Their work has been substantial so that even as better budgets return, this new resource is becoming embedded in a new culture of extension work,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader.

The University of Georgia Institutional Team has offered statewide trainings, newsletters and exhibits to showcase the value of eXtension and highlight how others can get involved to collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues across the country and beyond.

Several state Extension specialists who are members of the team have become tremendous mentors to other specialists and agents and have encouraged involvement and leadership of CoPs.

As budget pressures ease and the University of Georgia began to hire more new specialists and agents, the University of Georgia Institutional Team is working with these new employees to understand eXtension and the valuable resources available for training and realize the opportunities for publication.

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CES Centennial Focus of eXtension Virtual 3D

Use this for April Update

This month eXtension’s featured event in the Second Life virtual world is the Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration. The Virtual State Fair and Morrill County are decorated and full of surprises. Special tours, exhibits, and musical events will continue through May 9. What a great time to create an avatar and join the fun!

If you would like to schedule a presentation about virtual worlds for education, or a personal orientation, contact LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual worlds specialist luann.phillips@extension.org.

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Feral Hogs Team Honored with CES Working Differently Award

From left to right:  Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee Chair/Penn State University Extension director presents a 2014 Working Differently in Extension Award to Amy Hays, Mark Tyson, Jim Cathey, and Denise Garza.

From left to right: Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee Chair/Penn State University Extension director presents a 2014 Working Differently in Extension Award to Amy Hays, Mark Tyson, Jim Cathey, and Denise Garza.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Feral Hogs Community of Practice (CoP) was recognized by eXtension with a 2014 Working Differently in Extension award. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

“The Working Differently in Extension Award recognizes a team or group for its engagement with clientele, co-workers, and others in new and different ways. It lauds the demonstrable impacts made, both quantitatively and qualitatively as they do their work. And, the award provides an opportunity to show how this group works online and within a learning network,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

The Feral Hogs CoP members recognized included: Amy Hays, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service; Rebecca McPeake, University of Arkansas; Samuel Smallidge, New Mexico State University; Mark Smith, Auburn University; Jim Cathey, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service; Jack Mayer, US Department of Energy; Russell Stevens, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Joseph Corn, University of Georgia; Will Moseley, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Billy Higginbotham, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service; Jared Timmons, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service; Mark Tyson, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service; Denise Garza, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service and Dan Gaskins, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service.

The Feral Hog team concentrated on the biology, control, adaptive management, economics, disease risks and the human interface of feral hogs across the United States. By training face-to-face and online they took a group approach to create content and connect resources faster and with more volume than ever before. They developed and released 103 frequently asked questions, 54 articles, a Feral Hog CoP Facebook page with more than 1,600 likes, a Flickr photo sharing platform,
an Ask an Expert system, and they conducted four national webinars reaching over 500 people.

“Reaching a larger audience than any one person could do in any single state is a real benefit of participating in the Feral Hog Community of Practice,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing leader.

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