Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Learning Opportunities in December 2012 and Beyond

Many great options are available in December and early 2013 for your personal professional development or to share with your customers who want to keep current.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to “Follow”, and plan to attend. 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 add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include…

Critical Conversation: Personal vs. professional identities in social media on December 7. I’ve heard many questions about handling our personal lives and our professional activities in social media. Special guest, Evan Brown (@internetcases on Twitter), attorney from Chicago, will join several Extension professionals to discuss these considerations.

Financial Frauds & Scams on December 18. This 90-minute web conference will provide participants with an overview of financial frauds and scams including the many disguises. Conference attendees will learn about fraud statistics including trends and patterns, types of financial frauds, fraud protection measures including identifying “red flags,” and steps to take when fraud strikes including resources.

Upcoming Sessions (December 2012 – March 2013) by general topic

ACE (Association for Communication Excellence)
1/15/2013 Essential Graphics/Design Concepts for Non-Designers

Backyard Poultry
12/4/2012 Poultry break even calculator for small and backyard poultry flocks
1/15/2013 Winter care of small and backyard flocks
2/14/2013 So you want to raise turkeys
2/27/2013 Participating in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
3/27/2013 Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
3/28/2013 Producing poultry meat on pastures

Caregiving
12/6/2012 Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change

Companion Animals
12/6/2012 Considerations for Feeding Raw Diets
12/13/2012 Obesity Management

Dairy
12/7/2012 Feeding Systems for Group-Housed Dairy Calves
12/10/2012 Hoard’s Dairyman Webinar Series: Consistent, efficient TMR feeding
1/14/2013 Potential and Pitfalls for Genomic Selection
2/12/2013 Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy Decisions
3/18/2013 Far Off to Fresh Cow Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance

Diversity
1/24/2013 Building Trust with Latino Audiences

Entrepreneurship
12/4/2012 Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement
1/10/2013 Getting Action from Website Landing Pages

eOrganic
12/11/2012 Orchard Floor Management in the Intermountain West Webinar
12/18/2012 Bovine Milk Fats: A Look at Organic Milk
1/8/2013 The “Ancient” Grains Einkorn, Emmer, and Spelt: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out Webinar

eXtension
12/4/2012 Institutional Team Web Conference – December 2012
12/17/2012 Ask an Expert v2.0 Orientation
12/18/2012 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – December 2012
1/14/2013 eXtension Overview – Immersive Learning Launch
1/22/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – January 2013
2/26/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – February 2013

Feral Hogs
12/18/2012 Current and Future Feral Hog Research

Fire Ants
2/1/2013 Don’t be Bugged: Fire Ant Home Remedies – What Works, What Doesn’t
3/1/2013 Don’t Be Bugged: Ants! Ants! Ants!

Food Safety
12/13/2012 Best Practices for Food Safety in Value-Added Foods

Horses
12/18/2012 Horseplay! A Talk
1/22/2013 Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors in Horses
2/26/2013 Horse Showing Trends from a Judge’s Perspective

Horticulture
12/4/2012 New Plants for Georgia

Manure
12/7/2012 Clearing the Air on Biofilters

Military Families – Pesonal Finance
12/11/2012 Planning Your Financial Recovery
12/18/2012 Financial Frauds & Scams

Moodle
12/4/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 3
12/6/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 4
12/11/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 5
12/13/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 6

Network Literacy
12/7/2012 Critical Conversation: Personal vs. professional identities in social media
12/11/2012 Social Networking: Navigating the Privacy Setting Maze
1/11/2013 Google+ Quickstart

Social Media & Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
1/17/2013 Mobile Usage and Payment Technology
1/24/2013 Introduction to Linkedin & Pinterest
1/31/2013 Maps & Apps, Mobile and Location-based Marketing
2/7/2013 Social Media Analysis Tools
2/14/2013 Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media
2/21/2013 Keeping Up with the ‘Technology’
2/28/2013 Using Content in Multiple Forms
3/7/2013 Getting the Most from Facebook
3/14/2013 Pinterest for Your Business

Volunteers
12/4/2012 From Interest to Reality: Keeping Volunteers Interested Webinar
2/11/2013 Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders webinar

Youth
12/3/2012 Click Activism: Youth Civic Engagement Through Online Participatory Cultures
12/6/2012 4-H Guiding Principles #7: Youth Grow and Contribute as Active Citizens
12/11/2012 Social Networking: Navigating the Privacy Setting Maze
12/13/2012 Building Community Relationships Webinar

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org.

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Iowa State Honored with 2012 eXtension Partnership Award

Iowa State University’s Extension & Outreach Technology Web Conferencing Team has won the eXtension Partnership Award.

eXtension Governing Committee Chair Jimmy Henning (l) presents the eXtension Partnership Award to Jeanne Wiebke and Brian Webster of Iowa State

Team members are:

Jeanne Wiebke
Robin Brekke
Lisa Scarbrough
Brian Webster
Bridget Hart

According to nominators: “If you have ever been involved in an Adobe Connect Session, conducted an eXtension webinar, attended an eXtension Virtual Conference, or participated in eXtension Learn sessions, you’ve been touched by this team.

They’ve helped all of us in eXtension and throughout Cooperative Extension as we’ve moved through the world of video conferencing technology with their patience, skill, and expertise.”

The award recognizes truly exceptional service or support to one or more of the eXtension components and/or Communities of Practice.

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August 2011 Extension Professional Development

Interested in learning about Facebook pages? Grantsmanship? Using Drupal? CoP budgets? Helping to answer or wrangle questions in Ask an Expert? Using social media smarter? Using spreadsheets? Caring for animals during natural disasters?

Professional development offered by colleagues on each of these topics is listed at http://learn.extension.org. Pick a topic, and attend through your computer’s web browser! If you or your colleagues offer professional development online that’s open to others in Cooperative Extension, please add the information at Learn.extension.org by logging in with your eXtensionID and click “Create a new PD event.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

AUGUST

August 9 at 8:30 a.m. ET Systems Science Grantsmanship Workshop (free, but registration required)
August 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Using Drupal to Create Content for eXtension
August 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Preparing eXtension CoP Budget
August 16 at 12:00 noon ET, For Youth, For Life CoP (work session)
August 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Using Drupal to Create Content for eXtension
August 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – August 2011
August 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET, PowerPoint: Friend or Foe?
August 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Stop Broadcasting and Start Having a Conversation

SEPTEMBER

September 6 at 2:30 p.m. ET, Institutional Team Web Conference
September 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Using Drupal to Create Content for eXtension
September 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Introduction to Spreadsheets
September 20 at 12:00 noon ET, For Youth, For Life CoP (work session)
September 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Creating Spreadsheets (part 1 of 2)
September 24 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Natural Disasters… What about the Animals?
September 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – September
September 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Creating Spreadsheets (part 2 of 2)

OCTOBER

October 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Creating Charts & Graphs with Google Docs Spreadsheets
October 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET, Institutional Team Web Conference
October 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Creating Charts & Graphs with Excel
October 17, 18 and 19, National eXtension Virtual Conference

Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. All sessions are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. You may indicate your interest on the page for each PD Event at http://learn.extension.org (log in with your eXtensionID). These are great opportunities to learn together.

For complete descriptions and details go to http://learn.extension.org/. See information for each session, an overview of upcoming eXtension Professional Development sessions, links to historical sessions (and recordings once they are available). Log in with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance of the offered sessions. Add your professional development events that are open to extension.

Include your favorite session links in Twitter, Facebook and more! If your extension service or CoP has held professional development and has an open recording available, add it at learn.extension.org!

Any web-based professional development sessions open to Cooperative Extension may be listed at http://learn.extension.org. Look there under Upcoming Events (http://www.extension.org/learn/events/upcoming), browse by recent tags, or search to find professional development in your areas of interest. If you know of professional development events that are open to Cooperative Extension but not yet listed there, please add them by clicking “Create a new PD Event.” Each event then has a URL that may be used to share with colleagues! Each PD event page includes the title, description, presenters, link for participation and recording, as well as a check box to show your interest and/or participation in the event.

If you have questions or comments please contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org

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CoP Workshop Registration Open

eXtension is excited to offer the National Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop this summer in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28-30. Review the agenda and register for the conference. Pre-registration ends June 1. So don’t delay get registered today!

Communities are encouraged to take advantage of their time together and schedule either pre or post meetings at the host hotel by contacting Carla Craycraft to schedule meeting space.

A Content Management Board (CMB) meeting is scheduled pre-conference on Monday at 2:30 p.m. If you are a member of the CMB please plan to attend.

Hotel accommodations should be reserved no later then May 27. If you have never attended an event in downtown Louisville we think you will find it convenient to the Louisville International Airport and ideal for walking off-site for dinner with your colleagues and friends.

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2011 CoP Workshop Call for Abstracts

Join us and submit an abstract for presentation June 28-30, 2011 at the National eXtension CoP Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 8TH:
Abstract Deadline: March 8TH. Read more about it and Submit your Abstract.

Six target areas for presentation:

  • Innovation in Community Leadership and Collaboration
  • Engaging, Retaining, and Empowering Your Audience
  • Funding and Partnerships
  • Content Strategies
  • Evaluation and Impact Reporting
  • For the Good of the Order
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    What Are You Reading? 17 Books from ACE 2010

    Readers gathered to talk books at the Association for Communication Excellence June 15 in St. Louis.

    #1 recommendation The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida, 2010

    Other books recommended by the session leaders
    Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today by Susan Scott, 2009
    Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin, 2010
    The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison, 2010
    Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, 2010
    The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life by Richard Florida, 2003
    Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business by Erik Qualman, 2009
    World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories by David Meerman Scott, 2009

    What those attending the session are reading or recommend
    Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk, 2009
    The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution Is Changing our Lives by Frances Cairncross, 2001
    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss, 2006
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland, 2009
    Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Revised and Expanded Edition by Oliver Sacks, 2008
    The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig, 2006
    Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call, 2007
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell, 2002
    The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan, 2006

    Looking forward to new books
    Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky, was released June 10. He is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, 2009.

    David Weinberger is working on a book. He is the author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, 2000.

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    2010 eXtension CoP Workshop Recordings

    During the 2010 eXtension CoP Workshop, keynote speakers,  David Warlick and Meslissa Rach, were recorded (thank you Floyd Davenport and Robin Brekke) as well as many breakout sessions on following tracks: social media, content management, CoP Management, and Institutional.

    We hope you enjoy viewing the following recorded sessions.  Please share any insight or comments you found in these sessions by commenting on this blog post or any other social network you may have picked up since the workshop!

    Keynotes:

    Title: Welcome and David Warlick ‘Networked Learning: the Buffet is Ready
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p39785564/
    Duration:   01:18:19; Welcome (00:00:00-00:17:42) and David Warlick (00:17:42-01:18:19)

    Title: Melissa Rach ‘Adventures in Online Content’
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p29894575/
    Duration:  00:54:57

    Breakout Sessions:

    Social Media

    Title:  Blogs, Blogs, and more Blogs
    Presenters: Karen Jeannette, Emily Tepe, Henrietta Ritchie-Holbrook
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p34955081/
    Duration: 00:53:59

    Title: Twitter 1: Using Twitter for Outreach and Education
    Presenters:Karen Jeannette, Chris Raines, Ashley Fondren
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p69598545/
    Duration:  00:54:50

    Title:  Twitter 2: Twitter it Up – A Twitter Management Lab
    Presenters:Karen Jeannette, Chris Raines, Ashley Fondren
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p81669752/
    Duration:  00:46:01

    Title:  Social Media Tools Expand the Reach of eXtension
    Presenters:Chris Raines, Ashley Fondren
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p51796765/
    Duration:  00:53:53

    Title:  Facebook: Beyond Your Personal Profile
    Presenter: Amy Hays
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p94011987/
    Duration: 00:59:13

    Title:  Second Life for Newbies
    Presenter: Luann Phillips
    URL for Viewing:   http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p43995985/
    Duration:  01:00:48

    Title:  Second Life for Newbies Part II
    Presenter: Luann Phillips
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p51126698/
    Duration: 00:32:57

    Title:  Second Life – Livability House (partial recording)
    Presenters:
    Debra M. Sellers, Sarah Kirby, LuAnn Phillips
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p52142533/
    Duration:  00:23:38

    CoP Management

    Title:  Marketing for the new Millennium
    Presenter: Terry Meisenbach
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p93161902/
    Duration: 00:52:46

    Title: Developing Evaluation Markers for Success
    Presenter: Mike Lambur
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p62133532/
    Duration: 00:53:41

    Title: Community Certification and Leadership
    Presenter: Craig Wood
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p15257844/
    Duration:  00:45:14

    Title: Developing a CoP Tool Kit
    Roundtable Discussion Leader: Betsy Greene
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p45461865/
    Duration:  01:02:23

    Title: Developing Partnerships
    Presenter: Donna Amaral-Phillips
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p75099095/
    Duration:  00:40:00

    Title: Engaging and Integrating the Research Community
    Presenters: Alex Stone, Debra Heleba
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p13832969/
    Duration:  00:44:41

    Title: Experiencing eXtension: This is a Course For You!
    Presenter: Nancy Porter
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p20793665/
    Duration: 00:52:50

    Title:  TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More
    Presenter: Marissa Stone
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p44836069/
    Duration: 00:47:27

    Content Management

    Title:  Using Google Wave I
    Presenters: Kevin Gamble, Beth Raney
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p21353721/
    Duration: 00:54:06

    Title: Using Google Wave Part 2
    Presenters: Kevin Gamble, Beth Raney
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p82949880/
    Duration: 00:54:47

    Title: Google Knol for Article Creation
    Presenter: Denise Attaway
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p56632982/
    Duration: 00:41:16

    Title: Mapping It Up
    Presenter: Shane Brandt
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p60843403/
    Duration: 00:37:29

    Title: You Too Can be a Producer
    Presenter: Eric Taylor
    URL for Viewing:  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p55962915/
    Duration:  00:44:20

    Institutional

    Title:  MSUE Educators’ Perception of the Use of Digital Technology -a doctoral dissertation
    Presenter:  Elizabeth Wells
    URL for Viewing: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p15693155/
    Duration: 00:45:11


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    APRIL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES SPRING FORWARD

    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!

    SPECIAL TOPIC
    Drinking from a Fire Hose
    April 14, 2009 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

    With so much information, sometimes it seems like you are drinking from a fire hose. Anne Adrian, Associate Director, IT for the Auburn University College of Agriculture and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, will describe the importance of keeping up with various streams of information. She will also describe how the workstreaming environment (http://tinyurl.com/cywnvu ) forces us to consider new ways of receiving, gathering information, and possibly learning. You can get a preview of a similar presentation on SlideShare (http://tinyurl.com/dzrp2c ). This session is presented in partnership with the ACE Leadership and Management SIG and eXtension.

    This session will be broadcast and use your computers speakers for audio, not your phone. Audience interaction will be done using the built-in chat capabilities. This session will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn.
    There will be a related session on May 6 as a follow-up How To use some of the software mentioned in today’s talk.

    30-MINUTE SESSIONS
    This month we are offering 30-Minute Sessions on a several topics including the Ask eXtension widget, Categories in the Wiki, and Social Bookmarking. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn using your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. AT; 8:00 a.m. HT) unless otherwise noted.

    * April 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-minute session on The Ask eXtension
    Widget -
    Aaron Hundley, eXtension Software Engineer. How to use the Ask eXtension widget to receive and answer questions directly from your county Extension web site or Extension-related blog. This widget adds question asking capabilities to your site, but uses the power of the eXtension Ask an Expert and FAQ systems to assist you in answering. Take questions from your clients, and use the 40,000 questions in the FAQ system to assist you in providing a timely and accurate answer. Check out the widget-tracking feature that allows you to name the widget and monitor questions coming from your site. Also learn about the widget routing capability that will allow you to have questions routed to you from your widgets. This session will introduce you to the tool, show you the latest features developed, and will discuss what is necessary to begin using it immediately in your own county sites and blogs with helpful tips. (For all Extension)

    * April 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET, a 30-minute session on Discussion and Q/A of the Ask eXtension Widget – Aaron Hundley, eXtension Software Engineer. If you are currently participating in answering questions that come from any of the Ask eXtension Widgets, this will be a great discussion to be involved in. This session will focus on answering questions that you might have on the Ask eXtension Widget or the Ask an Expert system in general. We’ll share tips and recommendations for using the Ask an Expert system and discuss surrounding topics. (For all Extension)

    * April 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-minute session on Categories in the Wiki. Categories are the primary mechanism for navigation that to lets you find what you’re looking for at the right time in a wiki. (For CoP leaders & members, and all Extension)

    * April 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-minute session on Social Bookmarking– how to keep your team on the same page without burying them in email… Social bookmarking is a great tool for reducing email, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, and increasing team efficiency. The emphasis will be on delicious but other options will
    be shown. (for all Extension)

    * Postponed until a date in May to be determined, a 30-minute session on eXtension Mentor Series: Creating Learning Lessons - by Krishona Martinson and Nick Broady. In this 30-minute session, an established CoP will cover how it plans, outlines and implements learning lesson development. They will discuss some of the multimedia tools and technology they use including things like Google maps, Captivate, video and more. (For CoP leaders & members, and all Extension)

    OTHER SESSIONS
    These sessions will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone unless otherwise noted. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 2:00 Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. CT, Noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. AT; 8:00 a.m. HT).

    * April 21 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Becoming a Community of Practice: The Application Process. Presented by Dan Cotton, Director, eXtension. Groups interested in becoming an eXtension Community of Practice either have to complete a CoP Application or apply for a grant through a CSREES competitive program with an eXtension-related component. This session will describe each process, application criteria and tips for writing successful proposal. If you’ve been thinking about applying for a grant this session will get you started on the right foot. (For all
    Extension)

    * May 6 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, How to Drink From a Fire Hose. With so much information, sometimes it seems like you are drinking from a fire hose. The most effective method of managing and filtering the flow of information is to use a combination of tools. Several people who attend the April 14 “Drinking From a Fire Hose” session will demonstrate how they filter the flood of information to a manageable stream. Google Reader, iGoogle, FriendFeed and Tweetdeck are a few tools that will be demonstrated in this session. This session is presented in partnership with the ACE IT SIG and eXtension.

    This session will be broadcast and use your computers speakers for audio, not your phone. Audience interaction will be done using the built-in chat capabilities. This session will be held at our Web Conferencing Center at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn. There will be a related session on May 6 as a follow-up How To use some of the software mentioned in today’s talk.

    SECOND LIFE
    Second Life is an immersive 3-D virtual environment, inhabited by over a million users from all over the world. You can learn to use Second Life to meet with colleagues, to create 3-D models that would be too expensive or impossible to make in reality, to provide guest speakers for a real life group, to teach using role play or group problem solving, to make content in your subject area available to a worldwide audience. This is an emerging and transformative technology, much like the early days of the Internet, and is expected to change the way most people experience web content within the next five years.

    In Second Life, you will find that eXtension has a virtual fairground, a model county office, projects in development on assistive technology, turf grass, pest management, and more. In Teen Second Life, we have Bailey Island available for any 4-H educator to use for programming. Each month eXtension hosts several community events in Second Life. It is best to spend two or three hours orienting yourself to the Second Life environment before attending an event. You should know how to walk, sit, chat, use voice, and teleport.

    Instructions for entering Second Life are here: http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/Cooperative_Extension_Second_Life_Educators

    LuAnn Phillips, Second Life educator, is available to assist you, and can be reached at luann.phillips@extension.org or by instant message to Thynka Little in Second Life.

    Please consider joining the Facebook group “Cooperative Extension Second Life”.

    APRIL Second Life Events:

    April 6, Avatar Express 9:00-10:00 a.m. Second Life Time, noon-1:00 p.m. ET. Q&A orientation for new newbies. No such thing as a foolish question!
    Meet at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland/60/46/21

    April 8, Living in Hard Times: Caring For Your Wardrobe, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
    SL time (Pacific) and again at 7:00-7:30 p.m. SL time. Real Extension Education in the Second Life virtual world! This month Menda Bombastic, a long-time FCS educator from Penn State Extension, reminds us of those basic skills we can apply to make what we have last longer and still look good. Meet at the Virtual County Extension building at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill2/181/171/2

    April 9, Second Life Roundtable 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET — web conference, meet at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn. Developing your Second Life project: planning, process, evaluation.

    April 10, Second Life Meetup — 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. SL time (Pacific),
    2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. Meet at the Virtual State Fair, Morrill Island, in
    Second Life http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill/165/136/29 Mentoring session–Lose the Newbie Look! OK maybe you aren’t still wearing the pink polka dot dress, but well-customized avatars exude confidence and acquire respect. Share hints and tips for getting great stuff and putting it all together.

    April 24 Second Life Meetup — 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SL time (Pacific) Meet at the Virtual State Fair, Morrill Island, in Second Life
    http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill/165/136/29 Program TBA, watch Facebook group. “Cooperative Extension Second Life” for info.

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

    TO PARTICIPATE in any of the sessions held in our Web Conferencing Center…
    1. Five minutes before the start time, go to our Web Conferencing Center 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 callback 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://people.extension.org/communities/learn and Click “Join Community.

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

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

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    Become an eXtension Question Wrangler

    Want to help people find answers to their questions? Work with your Extension colleagues from across the country? Help to serve Extension clientele in a new and exciting way? Then maybe you’d like to become an eXtension Question Wrangler. We have new opportunities for our public to ask questions through our new “Ask an Expert” system, but in order to ramp-up this effort we’re needing a few good people to volunteer to help make this a reality.

    What does an Ask an Expert Question Wrangler do?

    • Keep an eye on incoming questions. Monitor and keep your pulse on the system.
    • Remove obviously spammy (or otherwise inappropriate) messages.
    • Communicate with people (experts?) who haven’t responded to questions in a timely manner.
    • Reassign questions to different people when necessary, for example if it’s not answered in 48 hours.
    • Answer questions on occasion where there is an already published answer.
    • Find and recruit experts to answer questions.

    If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with we need you to:

    Your eXtension team plans to ramp-up the Ask an Expert system to cover all subject matter areas and involve all 15,000 Extension professionals in responding to citizens’ questions. Question Wranglers are the first and a very important component of this effort. It won’t take much of your time, and it’s kind of fun. We hope you will consider joining us!

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    In-MoodleMeet: Repurposing Content

    Typically held the first and third Mondays of every month from 2-3:30pm ET, in the chat of the Moodle 101 course, which you can enter as a guest. During the chat you may get together in Moodle text chat to share stories, ideas and provide support for Moodle.

    On Monday March 17th the topic will be Repurposing Content.

    To join go to the chat of the Moodle 101 course.

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