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Ever wondered how to form a community of practice?

If you are interested in forming a community of practice for eXtension the process is really straight forward and easy to do. The eXtension Community of Practice Handbook contains a reference sheet on forming a community of practice. This reference sheet walks you through a step by step process of forming a community.

The community of practice application and process can be completed and submitted at anytime a community has the documentation completed. Each application is reviewed by a review panel within 30 days of receiving the application. For more information about forming communities of practice or the application process contact Dr. Craig H. Wood, craig.wood@extension.org or call 859.323.8472.

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Virtual Team Ice Breaker

The Virtual Team Opportunity Iceberg is a very simple spreadsheet for letting you and your fellow team members instantly spot the potential for improvement in your teams. It’s not intended to be precise – a show of hands will do – but it can be a great team ice-breaker! Just answer these 3 simple questions individually and then aggregate the results for your team.

Q1. EFFECTIVENESS: Do our work teams mostly fulfil their potential?

Q2. SATISFACTION: Do we get as much satisfaction from our work teams as our social groups and voluntary teams?

Q3. TECHNOLOGY: Do virtual technologies noticeably improve our work teams performance?

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Successful Online Chat for HorseQuest

This week the Equine CoP conducted an online chat about Condition Your Horse in the Summer. They found that their clientele are very eager to learn and discuss topics of their interest using online chat methods.

During the chat participants said they found out about the chat by email promotion through the Cooperative Extension System and from just browsing the Internet. The majority of those surveyed indicated a desire to have a chat either monthly or weekly and found the chat system to be easy or extremely easy to use.

These respondents also found the chat to be useful or extremely useful and provided feedback on future topics the Horse Team should cover. Online chats will be a great way a Community of Practice can directly interact with their Community of Interest.

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Pioneering CoP – HorseQuest Meeting Outcome

The National Equine Resource Team, known as HorseQuest, joined together last week in Lexington, Kentucky to focus on developing content. This hands on meeting facilitated member involvement in the eXtension Communities of Practice Wiki where they further developed material for four educational learning modules. The team was excited to accept new members who hit the ground running and quickly found their place in this ongoing content development.

Discussion also focused on what characteristics should exist to engage in partnerships with groups both in and outside the Cooperative Extension System. Team members brought some really exciting opportunities to HorseQuest and eXtension that can soon be shared with other CoPs.

Despite the fast approaching deadline for launching their equine resources, they still found time and enthusiasm in discussing next steps and began dialogue on how a more robust youth component should be included and the specific audience to targeted.

Additional topics of discussion included peer review guidelines, protocol for adding and recruiting new members to the team, evaluation tactics, graduate and undergraduate student funding for specific tasks, migration of HorseQuest’s existing FAQs to the eXtension FAQ system and identified key members to participate in system testing.

A regular conference call schedule has been established to keep HorseQuest Team members in touch and engaged to take advantage of momentum stimulated during this meeting.

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Call for Engagement Workshop Recordings Available On-line

The next Call for Engagement (CFE) was recently announced and in conjunction with that announcement eXtension hosted two workshops about the on developing a proposal for the CFE. There were over 100 participants in the both of the workshops. If you want to view the recordings of these workshop, you can click on either of the links below. The PowerPoint slides used in the workshop are also avialable below. More information on the Call for Engagement can be found on the Community of Practice wiki.

CFE Workshop PowerPoint Presentation
CFE Workshop recorded February 13, 2006
CFE Workshop recorded Febraury 16, 2006

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