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30 Minute Session: Social Bookmarking

Learn about Social Bookmarking as a collaborative tool — how to keep your work team on the same page without burying them in email. Participants will be exposed to several social bookmarking tools with an emphasis on del.icio.us (for all Extension).

Plan to join us on September 12, 2007 for this online professional development opportunity presented by Kevin Gamble, associate director for eXtension.

Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! This session will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 3:00p Eastern Time (2:00p CT, 1:00p MT, 12:00n PT, 11:00a AT; 9:00a HT) unless otherwise noted. Get more information about participating…

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eXtension’s August Professional Development Opportunities

eXtension’s professional development opportunities are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No pre-registration. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out!

30 MINUTE SESSIONS
This month we are offering “30 Minute Sessions” on some new topics such as Open ID, user-centric design, Facebook, and Google Custom Search Engine. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held via web conferencing at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 3:00 Eastern Time (2:00p CT, 1:00p MT, 12:00n PT, 9:00a HT) unless otherwise noted.

* Aug 15 at 3:00 ET, Jason Young with an Introduction to OpenID
More and more websites that require the site users to sign in with a username and password are taking advantage of an open protocol for authentication called ‘OpenID.’ eXtension is converting all of its web applications over to OpenID. In this session, we’ll briefly touch on what OpenID is, and how eXtension is using it. But we also want to know what YOU want answered in an “Introduction to OpenID.” Help us build the outline for the session by adding to the discussion at: http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/Introduction_to_OpenID.

* Aug 21 at 3:00 ET, Ben MacNeill on Creating Web Applications with User-Centric Design
The barriers to building web applications have never been lower. Individuals and small teams can create, deploy and test a web application in as little as a few months, weeks or even days. This iterative process gives designers and developers a chance introduce small changes over time and constantly refine the end product. This is a look at web application development from a design and user interface point-of-view.

* Aug 22 at 3:00 ET, Ray Kimsey with About FaceBook
Now you can have a Facebook account too! What used to be open only to students has been opened to everyone. Find out what Facebook is all about and learn how it took over the college campus. Is this the social networking utility for you? This is an introductory look at Facebook, its networks, groups, event calendars and how they can be used by Extension professionals.

* Aug 23, at 3:00 ET, Kevin Gamble on CES Google CSE (custom search engine).
This session will show you how simple it is to use Google search technology to create a free Custom Search Engine that reflects your knowledge and interests. It will also show you the Cooperative Extension CSE, teach you how to place a custom widget on your own site, and show how you can participate in a collaborative environment to further customize and make it better.

Add these dates and topics to your calendar, and plan to join us on for one or more of these sessions in August!!

TO PARTICIPATE in any of the 30 Minute sessions…
1. Five minutes before the start time, go to the Web conferencing center (previously known as Breeze) meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn.

2. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option.

3. Enter your first name, your last name, and your institution/university, then click the “Enter Room” button to join the conference.

4. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobe’s Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

EMAIL LIST:
If you or a colleague would like to get notices about upcoming professional development sessions offered by eXtension, go to https://lists.extension.org/mailman/listinfo/learn and subscribe to the “Learn” email list.

RECORDINGS:
Recordings of many past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org/wiki and search on Recordings, or scroll down under Professional Development heading and find “Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions”, or search on the word Recording.

Looking forward to having you join us to learn something new in August!!

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July Professional Development Opportunities

eXtension’s professional development opportunities are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out!

This month we are offering some sessions with different formats. Our July 5 hands-on workshop about “Education in Second Life” will meet IN Second Life using SLT (Second Life Time).

Then on July 18 we’ll welcome Special Guest Luke Wroblewski to present on “Designing for Web 2.0″ as an in-depth 2 hour Web conference for both Web developers and those who provide content for the Web.

Our “30 Minute Sessions” will include new topics on finding things in the Wiki and on getting involved with Wikipedia, as well as a repeated topic on Jabber. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held via Connect at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 3:00 Eastern Time (2:00p CT, 1:00p MT, 12:00p PT, 9:00a HT) unless otherwise noted.

DETAILS:

* On July 5, a 1.5-hour hands-on workshop on Education in Second Life (SL) – Participants will gather on Morrill Island and be given a notecard with a variety of Second Life educational opportunities. People will visit some sites of their own choosing, complete some activities, and meet back in the discussion circle on Morrill Island to share their findings with others.

Participants should be familiar with basic SL navigation and communication techniques before coming to this session. This session is at 12 Noon-1:30 SLT (3:00-4:30 ET; 2p CT; 1p MT; Noon PT; 11a AT; 9a HT). We will start right on time so plan to arrive a little early and assemble at the discussion circle: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill%20/171/118/28/?title=Cooperative%20Extension%20Commons%2C%20Morrill%20Island

* July 11, a “30 Minute Session” on managing your content in the CoP Wiki: search, watchlists, your contributions, history, and revisions. Learn just a few basic techniques and you’ll never never be lost again.

* July 18, 3:00 – 5:00 ET (2p CT; 1p MT; Noon PT; 11a AT; 9a HT) Designing for Web 2.0: The Visual Ecosystem by Special Guest Luke Wroblewski of www.lukew.com

As a predominately visual medium, the Web has always benefited from the appropriate use of Visual Communication principles: balance, proportion, contrast, color, and typography. But the Web has also had its own set of unique considerations: screen resolution, browsers, platforms, and multiple devices. With Web 2.0, these considerations have expanded to include a new array of services to remix and distribute micro-content (APIs, RSS), as well as participatory content created by communities.

How can visual design enhance user experience when your audience might be coming from a browser, an RSS feed, or a widget? How does visual design communicate your brand when your brand is created daily by your community? This presentation will address these questions and more with an overview of key Visual Communication principles and before and after examples that illustrate how to optimize your visual vocabulary for Web 2.0 and beyond.
Where this session is focused on Web design, it will be loaded with useful information for faculty and staff involved with the preparation of content for the Web. The world of the Web changing and impacting the way that people interact with and use information online. There are important trends in play, and this session will be valuable to everyone who creates or authors content.

This special session will be held via Connect at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5-10 minutes before the starting time. Enter as Guest.

* On July 24, a “30 Minute Session” on Getting Involved in Wikipedia: This session will show you ways that Extension educators can get involved with contributing to Wikipedia articles. Participants will be introduced to the way that Wikipedia works, community governance, editing, and authoring. We’ll discuss why involvement with Wikipedia is vital to Extension educational programming, and discuss strategies for Extension participation.

* On July 31, a “30 Minute Session” on Jabber — eXtension’s enterprise chat application – this is a session targeted for all Extension faculty and staff that want to learn how to use eXtension’s enterprise chatting capabilities to improve communication, foster collaboration, and improve personal efficiency.

Add these dates & topics to your calendar, and plan to join us on for one or more of these sessions in July!!

TO PARTICIPATE in any of the Web Conferencing sessions…
1. Five minutes before the start time, go to the Connect (formerly Breeze) meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn.

2. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option.

3. Enter your first name, your last name, and your institution/university, then click the “Enter Room” button to join the conference.

4. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobe’s Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

EMAIL LIST:
If you or a colleague would like to get notices about upcoming professional development sessions offered by eXtension, go to https://lists.extension.org/mailman/listinfo/learn and subscribe to the “Learn” email list.

RECORDINGS:
Recordings of many past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org/wiki and search on Recordings, or scroll down under Professional Development heading and find “Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions”.

Looking forward to having you join us to learn something new in July!!

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June Professional Development Opportunties

Professional development opportunities offered by the National eXtension Initiative are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out!

30 MINUTE SESSIONS
This month we are offering a “30 Minute Sessions” on something new:
Presence technologies, as well as repeated topics on Mediawiki Bare Essentials and Blogging. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held via web conferencing at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 3:30 Eastern Time (2:30p CT, 1:30p MT, 12:30p PT, 9:30a HT) unless otherwise noted.

* On June 5, a “30 Minute Session” on Mediawiki Bare Essentials – what you need to get started working in either the CoP or Collaborate wiki (for all Extension).

* On June 7, a “30 Minute Session” on Presence Technologies – with an emphasis on chat away-messages and Twitter. Working with a distributed work team presents unique challenges. Shared calendars don’t work when you use different systems that don’t inter-operate. This session will focus on non-intrusive methods to keep your colleagues informed of your status (presence). Learn how new light-weight Web 2.0 tools are being used to inform others of your availability (for all Extension).

* On June 21, a “30 Minute Session” on Blogging – So you think you want to be a blogger? How you can use blogging to enhance your educational programming. What’s involved, how it’s done, how to get started, and an introduction to the basic technologies. Participants will be exposed to several blogging tools with an emphasis on Blogger.com, Google’s newly revamped blog hosting site (for all Extension).

Add these dates & topics to your calendar, and plan to join us on for one or more of these sessions in June!!

TO PARTICIPATE in any of the 30 Minute sessions…
1. Five minutes before the start time, go to the Breeze meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn.

2. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option.

3. Enter your first name, your last name, and your institution/university, then click the “Enter Room” button to join the conference.

4. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobe’s Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

EMAIL LIST:
If you or a colleague would like to get notices about upcoming professional development sessions offered by eXtension, go to https://lists.extension.org/mailman/listinfo/learn and subscribe to the “Learn” email list.

RECORDINGS:
Recordings of many past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org/wiki and search on Recordings, or scroll
down under Professional Development heading and find “Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions”.

Looking forward to having you join us to learn something new!

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