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.


* 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.

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 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!!