Tagging for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

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!

On May 9 from 3:00 – 4:30 Eastern Time (2:00p CT, 1:00p MT, 12:00p PT, 11a AT, 9:00a HT) we are excited to have special guest Beth Kanter present “Tagging for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing”.

Tagging (key words to describe web resources) and the use of social bookmarking services like del.icio.us can provide relatively easy ways for Extension professionals to collaborate and easily share information with colleagues and co-workers. This two-part webinar will explain what tagging is, why it is useful for individuals as well as for group collaboration, and demystify social bookmarking software. The session will also explain the pros and cons of using tagging and social bookmarking. The group will participate a hands-on action learning activity using a popular social bookmarking application, del.icio.us, to put some of the ideas in practice immediately after the first session on May 9th.

Then, on May 23rd, the group will come together for a facilitated conversation to reflect on what was learned about tagging and how they might integrate the use of tagging and social bookmarking into their existing practice.

Beth Kanter is an experienced coach to “digital immigrants” in the personal mastery of using new web tools. Her work primarily deals with educational technology and working in communities. Many of the things she writes and presents about fit closely with Extension. You can learn more about Beth Kanter at http://www.bethkanter.org/ and read her blog at http://beth.typepad.com/. If you missed it, see the Recording of “Ten Steps to Web 2.0” that she presented in April. It’s linked from the About eXtension wiki’s Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions page.

Please mark your calendar now to attend “Tagging for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing” via Connect (formerly Breeze) at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and with your telephone. Join the session 5-10 minutes before the starting time at 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time (2:00p CT, 1:00p MT, 12:00p PT, 11:00a AT, 9:00a HT) (for all Extension).

This month we are offering “30 Minute Sessions” on several Mediawiki topics for those working in the Collaborate or CoP wiki. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held via Connect (formerly Breeze) 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, 11:30a AT, 9:30a HT) unless otherwise noted.

* May 8, a “30 Minute Session” Mediawiki Bare Essentials – what you need to get started working in a wiki. (for all Extension)

Tagging series: May 9, a special one-hour plus Q&A session by Beth Kanter on “Tagging for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing”; May 9-23 an Online Action Learning Experience; May 23 Facilitated Discussion on Tagging Experience. See Special Guest Presentations above. (for all Extension)

* May 22, “30 Minute Session” Google Juice – Help search engines find your information and ours! The basics of search engine optimization. Includes making good titles and good opening paragraphs. (for all Extension)

* May 29, we’re offering Metadata in the CoP Wiki — want to be sure your contribution to your CoP is being tracked? Want to be sure that you have the right to use photographs? Need to be sure that your CoPs educational content has been through peer-review before publishing? All this information is stored under the metadata tab on the CoP wiki. Come to this session to learn how to better user this tool to manage your CoP’s educational content. (CoP leaders and members)

* May 30, “30 Minute Session” Lists in MediaWiki – bulleted lists, numbered lists, combination lists. (for all Extension)

To participate in any of the 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 Macromedia’s Breeze 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.

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 of past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org on Recordings of eXtension Professional Development Sessions page.

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