Fall Into October 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!

Special Sessions:
2009 eXtension National Conference
October 20-23, 2009


Three days of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and special
workshops! We’re planning to have all three keynote speaker sessions
available in real time for you to view if you can’t make it to the
conference, as well as a selection of the concurrent sessions! We hope
you’ll join us in St. Louis or watch the conference site for details
on viewing the sessions available online.

This month we are offering 30-Minute Sessions on a several topics
including an overview and an example of Ohio State’s Lunch and Learn,
“The Public Domain” book discussion, the Ask eXtension Widget and
Leading the Moodle Learner. 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. 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) unless otherwise noted.

* October 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-Minute Session on Lunch and Learn Sessions as a Professional Development Tool by Jerry Thomas, eXtension Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Leadership Center. How many times have you said, “I’d love to learn more stuff but I don’t have the time?” Lunch and learn sessions are one way to leverage our time in a fun way. Everyone likes to eat, and lunch and learn sessions combine food with professional development. Join us as we discuss examples of how lunch and learns have been used at Ohio State University Extension in both face-face and virtual settings. We’ll focus on what has worked and provide recommendations. (For all Extension)

* October 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-Minute Session on Nine Different Ways to Use Google by Jerry Thomas, eXtension Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Leadership Center. Everyone Googles, but most of us treat Google like our cell phones: We only use limited features. Google is tool that can increase our productivity and make life easier. Join us as we share short cuts and some of the different programs offered by Google. Google has a corporate strategy of introducing one new feature every quarter, so there is plenty to share. (For all Extension)

* October 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-Minute Session on the book, The
Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
by James Boyle, led by Kevin Gamble, eXtension.
This book describes the range wars of the Informatiom age. Boyle makes the case that every citizen needs to understand intellectual property law. He talks about how the current policies are unbalanced and often detrimental to our culture, free speech, creativity, and scientific innovation. (for all Extension)

* October 27 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)

* October 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET, a 30-Minute Session on Leading – Not Driving – the Moodle Learner, by Jennifer Jahedkar, Texas AgriLife Extension, Extension eLearning. Join us to learn how Moodle tools like quizzes, passwords, certificates, and locking options can be used to encourage students to complete a course in a structured fashion. (For all Extension)

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:

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”.

October Second Life Events:
* Thursday, October 8, Second Life Roundtable 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET — web conference, meet at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn. Holding meetings in SL, why this makes sense and how to set one up.

* Friday, October 9, 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 Topic: Museum Tour, join the group as we explore several museum sims
and discuss their interactive educational exhibits. Many ideas to be
found that can be applied to Extension projects!

* Monday October 12, Avatar Express 9:00-10:00 a.m. Second Life Time, Noon-1:00 p.m. ET. Basic orientation for new newbies. Meet at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Morrill/165/136/29

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

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

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://people.extension.org/communities/learn and Click “Join

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 October!!